Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Timeless city style...

Our cities are in a constant state of flux. Acting as a hub for residents and commuters alike, major cities are, by definition, ever-evolving through time…Yet, if we consider the history of art, architecture, design and the prevailing culture and tastes of significant cities around the world, we soon discover that their essential character hasn’t changed so much over the years. Each of our great cities is imbued with a timeless style of its own.

In fact, I was just looking up ‘timeless cities’ on the internet and, perhaps appropriately for the times we find ourselves in (and the time of year) the first thing that popped up was something called Timeless Jerusalem (beta), which describes itself as’A 3D virtual city of History, Identity, Learning and Fun’. Built using the Second Life technology platform, the website claims that “Virtual worlds are widely hailed as the future of the Internet.” This one proposes to offer religious and spiritual education and to address the ‘challenges of youth identity development’- whilst, of course, enjoying the benefits of a mercenarily monetized business model.

The second listing by the search engine was a book entitled Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy. Judging by this inclusion in the line up, fantasy hasn’t quite become fact yet, though if we believe everything we read, we’re rapidly headed in that direction - the realities of geography and nature willing! By the way, if you want a sneak preview of our virtual future, I’d recommend you take a look at what the Metaverse Roadmap envisages for us.

Anyway, all this is a rather long-winded introduction to the rather curious, eco-friendly ‘city rings’ that are currently available at ShopCurious. Each of these fantastical creations is made from ‘found objects’ coated in silver and gold, with semi-precious additions to the otherwise quirky array of components - including pencil sharpeners, bottle tops and hair slides. The rings are the uniquely arty interpretation of famous cities, according to innovative young jewellery designer, Alina Jessipovich.

I’ll leave you to work out which cities are represented…and to make your own conclusions as to whether their style is truly timeless.

Will you?


janettaylor said...

Hey Susan,

First of all - tadaaaam: U are the winner!

CONGRATULATION! Please e-mail me your address, my dear! (

and now: WOW those rings. Amazing. I want them all! LOL!


Make Do Style said...

Marvellous rings and curiously I couldn't get any of the cities. My brain is still adjusting...

Edith Head is hilarious but in a good way as at the time her advice was brilliant, and in fairness all that has changed since is the terminology used and how society is. Between her and Christian Dior I'm going to have a wonderful wardrobe again!

Leah said...

Wow, everything is just gorgeous. I can't seem to decide which one I like best. I'm so fond of rings and these collection made me drool.

FEFOLO said...

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Profoundly Superficial said...

Yay!! I guessed the Rome ring correctly!!! What a fabulous idea.

Engreida said...

Beautiful rings!