The Ultimate Guide to Geek Jewelry
One of the best things about being a geek is that you belong to a somewhat limited, exclusive group of exceedingly cool people (at least as far as fellow group members are concerned).
Take Star Wars geekery as an example - the only thing greater than meeting a Star Wars character (impossible) is meeting someone who is as big a Star Wars fan as you are. Though you may not realize someone else's geek status initially, all it takes is a little inside joke, reference, quote, word, or sign, and you'll know that what may have been just a stranger mere seconds ago is now a kindered spirit.
One of the best ways to spot fellow geeks (or make yourself easily identifiable by other geeks) is to wear geek jewelry. It acts as a social beacon, drawing in the cool people and looking more or less neutral to muggle-types.
Below is an introductory guide to some major geek jewelry options that are readily available online. Consider this overview a jumping off point - something to give you ideas as to how you shall accessorize and flaunt your geeky status. I hope you find it to be helpful!
Nerd & Geek Pride Pieces
Nerd and geek emblems are a natural starting point for those seeking to flaunt their geekiness. The major choices are "nerd glasses" necklaces and earrings and various pendants and tags that say "Nerd" or "Geek."
While some would argue these choices are a bit too much on the obvious side, they certainly get the message across. Before buying the lot, however, I recommend considering more specific emblems. After all, one is not just a geek because one is a geek - one is a geek because one loves to play D&D or has an unusual LOTR obsession.
More specific nerd and geek jewelry choices follow.
Computer Key Jewelry
Geeks have a pretty strong internet culture, hence computer references serve as excellent beacons of geekery.
One of the easiest ways to flaunt one's computer fandom is to wear computer key jewelry. Though a lot of makers on Etsy make rings, bracelets, and other accessories using real computer keys, I'm rather fond of metal replications, just because they're a touch classier and are more wearable in everyday business situations.
That said, if you're a hardcore geek, going with real keys for computer key jewelry is your only real option. Get creative with the keys you choose - control and command keys seem to be quite popular, as are delete, return, and shift keys. Go for a clever combination of keys to make a keyboard shortcut inside joke, if you want to be really bitchun.
Though gamers and geeks are by no means the same thing, many geeks are great gamers, so it only makes sense that many would get a kick out of cool gamer jewelry.
Alas, only the classic games such as Super Mario Bros and PacMan have widely available jewelry pieces made with higher quality materials, however if you're willing to go with something homemade and original, you will find a ton of cool options online.
I recommend typing key game titles into Etsy's search bar. You'll lose hours of your life drooling over cool D&D dice necklaces and WoW horde symbol-embossed earrings and necklaces, those will be very, very happy hours, and you'll come away with some incredibly cool wears.
Internet Meme Jewelry
Because Internet memes are so fleeting, and because there are so many, there are no widely produced lolcat necklaces or laser cat earrings, however you will, again, still find a lot of cool handmade options on Etsy.
Some of the best options come as pins - these are the easiest ways to communicate the gist of memes, which are most often image or message based. On Etsy, for example, you can find "I like turtles," "I made you a cookie but I eated it," Ceiling Cat, and Anonymous pins.
Though many of the Etsy meme jewelry options are pretty low-tech (and light, quality-wise), there are some really nice pieces too. I have seen beautiful golden Fail Whale necklaces, for example, that are gorgeous even to those who don't get the reference.
Though discovering something of high quality is going to take time and a bit of effort on your part, you'll find your search to be thoroughly entertaining.
Star Wars Jewelry
You know you love it. You know it's awesome. It's Star Wars, for the love of god!
Though there is not a whole lot of insignia branding or jewelry flaunting in any of the Star Wars films, new or old, you can always fall back on the title as a crest for cufflinks or necklace tags. You can also find Star Wars character or prop-shaped earrings and pins.
Your best options are handmade creations made by fans. Though their quality may vary, their awesomeness does not.
Star Trek Jewelry
Star Treck - now that's a geeky show if I ever new one (and in all the good ways, obviously). Star Treck is also great when it comes to insignia designs and branding, so it is a geek hit that it particularly condusive to jewelry production.
This is good in that you'll not be hard pressed to find Star Trek cufflinks, pins, clips, earrings, and necklaces made with high grade and high quality materials.
That said, you will also be able to find many original, handmade, fan-made pieces. Should you want something at that end of the spectrum, once again I humbly direct you to Etsy.
Lord of the Rings Jewelry
Lord of the Rings is such a classic - what LOTR fan would not want to flaunt his or her fandom? Each piece works as a great conversation starter in addition to a geek beacon. What's more, LOTR offers some of the best fan-based jewelry, various rings and necklaces lie at the heart of major plot points!
Obviously "the One Ring" is a classic to go with- an obvious choice for any LOTR fan. It is simple, relatively easy to clean, and can look good worn around one's finger as well as on a chain around one's neck.
I suppose the one downside to accessorizing with LOTR's most famous piece of jewelry is that it is a bit too easy to spot. More than just geeks have seen the movie trilogy, hence its most famous ring is not likely to be as effective as an inside joke kind of thing.
To garner appreciation from only true LOTR fans, I recommend going with one of the other powerful rings, such as Lady Galadriel's Nenya Ring. Perhaps you might also accessorize with Aragorn's Barahir ring.
You might even opt for a non-ring LOTR accessory, such as Arwen's charming Evenstar. It's quite a pretty thing, and would probably be appreciated by those who would even be oblivious to its geeky significance.
Harry Potter Jewelry
If you're from the younger set, chances are you grew up reading the Harry Potter books before you made it (if at all) to Lord of the Rings, hence it is only suitable that you should prefer to sport Harry Potter accouterments.
Because the Harry Potter book and movie franchise have been so successful, there is thankfully a great deal of merch to purchase, and while most of us notice Gryffindor scarves and Howgarts robes as the most common Harry Potter wares, there are actually many rings, necklaces, and even bracelets that allow Harry Potter geeks to flaunt their fandom in slightly more subdued and interesting ways.
While pretty much anyone will recognize a house tie or scarf, only true Harry Potter fans will reocgnize a Horcrux ring on your finger, or the Gryffindor crest hanging around your neck. Mrs. Menagerie (who is to thank for this section of the guide) even alluded to a golden snitch necklace as an excellent example of HP jewelry, and while those are a bit harder to come by, there are some beautiful examples to be snatched up on (you guessed it) Etsy.
Of all my favorite Harry Potter jewelry choices out there, however, my favorite is Hermione's Time Turner. I've wanted the real thing for ages (I think we all have) and even those who have no idea what it actually is will find the necklace to be an interesting thing to look at!
Geek jewelry is a great way to express your geekiness in a fun and creative way, and to communicate your insider status to other geeks as well.
I hope this guide has given you some ideas for future geeky accessorizing. Have fun with it!
If I missed a particularly fabulous type of geek jewelry in this Hub, let me know and I'll add it in :D