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Terrarium Necklaces | Organic Jewelry

Updated on July 19, 2010

You know what I don't like about traditional jewelry? It's so dead. It just hangs there, completely failing to photosynthesize a damn thing. And you know what? That's just not good enough. Jewelery should be organic, it should be alive. It should demand that you wear it in the sunlight every day. It shouldn't be something you polish on occasion before accidentally dropping it behind your toilet and forgetting about it, it should be something that will invade your home if given half a chance.

Terrarium necklaces, the invention of Erica Weiner, are small vintage vials (check the vintage box, it's essential these days that everything contemporary should include something vintage if it is to be worth a tinker's sneeze,) from old timey watchmakers. Inside the little old timey watchmakers' vials are small samples of moss, which will live inside your necklace, making you look fashionable, attractive and also like a valuable part of any local eco-system.

The moss is fairly easy to take care of, according to Erica, all one needs do is: Open the vial and place a drop of water inside every 2-3 weeks, air it out occasionally, and store in indirect sunlight.

The vintage / organic / insert fashion buzz word here necklaces are just $40, which is fairly reasonable for jewelry that will earn you serious hipster points on any outing.

If your moss should happen to die due to neglect, then Erica encourages you to replace it with moss you find in your natural habitat. If these things catch on, there could be a severe dearth of natural moss in the world, pushing up moss prices and leading to wannabe's wandering around with chunks of astroturf dangling from their necks.

These necklaces may inspire snarky comments here on the Internet, but it is actually quite nice to see some innovation in the world of jewelry, and indeed, some jewelry that doesn't rely on running around smugly showing off little lumps of shiny rock dug out of the earth by slaves.

It might be a little bit dirty, a little bit alternative, a little bit tie dyed in the wool hippy, but if this sort of jewelry catches on, the world will probably be a better place for it, which is more than we can say about most fashion trends.

Could fashion save the world with natural fibers, organic jewelry and obsessive compulsive riding of vintage bicycles everywhere? I think the obvious answer to that question is that yes, yes it could.

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