Mordaunte's Coffin-Shaped Gems and Jewelry specializes in semi-precious faceted gemstones, cut into a perfect 6-sided coffin shape by exclusive contract with an international gemstone company. Gemstones include colors such as Blood, Death, Shroud, Moss, Flesh, Scalded, and Pentacle. In stock sizes range from 3 to 10 carats.
"So far, I am the only one in the world that does this", states Mordaunte - owner, designer and creator (shown below).
In addition to the gemstones, she designs and creates finished jewelry in both men's and women's fashions. These include rings, earrings, pendants, and tie tacks, done in sterling silver as well as 14k gold. In keeping with the coffin-shaped design, purchases are even shipped in a cardboard coffin-shaped box. Mordaunte's clients buy her jewelry for costume decoration, funerary wear, immortalizing a departed loved one, wedding sets, and everyday wear with a "kick". "Most people don't realize it's a coffin shape until you tell them - they just comment that it's a beautiful stone", says Mordaunte, "When I mention that it's a coffin shape, they gasp - "That's awesome!". Many customers refer to her business as "The Morbid Tiffany's".
Mordaunte started her custom coffin-shaped gemstone "business" from her desk in her basement in the spring of 2000. She offered 3 different stone materials in two sizes. She then set up a internet service-provider website and went into business. Slowly, but surely, the business grew both in the USA and Internationally. More and more interest was revolving around her unusual gemstones, especially the idea of offering them in pre-made jewelry. Being in the IT field, she had never set a piece of jewelry in my life. However, after much research and "trial and error" she started setting her gemstones in oval and marquise pre-made settings.
As the business continued to grow it took on a life of it's own. Mordaunte began supplying jewelry to celebrities and rock bands that had found her online site. She was invited by the people at OzzFest to be a vendor on their tour. Radio stations and TV shows asked her for interviews. Haunted Houses, Horror Conventions and Gothic Nightclubs contacted her to be a guest and a vendor at their events. In 2005 Mordaunte re-designed the coffin gemstone shape to the perfect 6-sided coffin you see today and has added several colors to her line since then.
The coffin-shaped gems have made many a wicked woman happy and have been used as engagement rings, such as in the examples shown below.
A white topaz coffin gem surrounded by real diamonds makes for an unusual engagement ring:
above black glove image (cropped) © All rights reserved by Countessa Di Fangxious
Other jewelers use her stones as a source for their own creations, such as Lyndsay Brown of Idle Hands Designs on etsy who makes them into pendants, rings and cufflinks set in sterling silver:
shop for the above jewelry at Idle Hands
Coffin Gems and Jewelry Facts:
•All Coffin Gems are cut from genuine semi-precious stones such as sapphire and garnet
•The perfect 6-sided "toe pincher" coffin shape is exclusive to Mordaunte's Coffin Gems
•Each Coffin Gem is expertly faceted, polished and inspected by a professional gemologist
•Sizes are exact - weights are approximate (different gemstone materials weigh differently)
•Visit the Birthstones page for traditional and modern birthstone color charts
•Visit the Gemstones page for color choices and size comparison
•Each piece of jewelry is custom designed in Sterling Silver to hold the Coffin Gems, but is available in other settings upon request
Mordaunte's Coffin-Shaped Gems and Jewelry can be viewed and purchased at her online store - www.coffingems.com
Hand-crafted from solid pieces of natural agate druze, these ONDO rings by Rablabs are each a little bit different. Polished shanks with rough crystallized tops, the rings shimmer and catch the light- as well as everyone's attention.
Colors and patterns on these rings vary. Each is formed by water and minerals rushing through an ancient lava stream. Some appear almost clear, others darker, others are infused with colors like yellow purple or brown. Each as individual as you are.
The rings come in three size ranges and at the time of this post, cost $88 USD a piece.
buy them here
The Cheeky has designed this hilarious high-strength titanium wedding band on which the words "I'm Married" are embossed in reverse on the interior of the ring, leaving a legible impression on your finger when the band is removed.
Go ahead, try picking up someone in a bar with the words "I'm Married" depressed into your skin.
The Anti-Cheating Ring costs $550 and is available in any size.
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Also available for £359.99 at iWoot.
What better jewelry to post about on Memorial Day than a collection of 'Army Men' inspired rings and necklaces whose purchase benefits those who gave so commendably to their country?
Knight&Hammer is dedicated to jewelry for the greater good designed with even greater creativity. Three lavishly gilded action figure rings (Sniper, Shooter and Recon) and two necklaces (Recon and Make Love, Not War) are part of their Jewelry with a Conscience line, where a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the Military Order of the Purple Heart
SNIPER Ring, cast in bronze with their signature shank, gilded in either 18k Rose Gold-leaf , 18k Yellow Gold-leaf or Platinum-leaf :
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SHOOTER Ring, cast in bronze with their signature shank, gilded in either 18k Rose Gold-leaf, 18k Yellow Gold-leaf or Platinum-leaf:
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RECON ring, cast in bronze with their signature shank and gilded in 18k Yellow Gold-leaf, 18k Rose Gold-leaf or Platinum-leaf with a 3” army man.
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RECON necklace in 18k Yellow gold-leaf gild, 18k Rose Gold-leaf Gild or Platinum-leaf gild with a 3” army man on 18” black matte enameled steel chain necklace:
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MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR necklace, 18K yellow gold gild, 3 army men each approximately 3” with black matte enameled steel chain totaling 18” necklace with 3 dangling Swarovski heart crystals:
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This special collection of Army Men jewelry by Knight&Hammer can not be found on their website. However, you can purchase these items from their etsy store (they are not available from their website store).
Joseph Knight is the creative force and designer of all Knight&Hammer Collections. Starting in 2003, under his discerning eye, he has placed limited selections of Knight&Hammer Collections in luxury boutique retailers in New York, Philadelphia, Castle Rock, Boston, and Seattle.
Knight&Hammer is dedicated to evolving the best ideas, materials, and techniques from their global jewelry heritage into innovative, fashion forward designs. The Knight&Hammer lifestyle encourages adornment with consideration to the broad scope of beauty throughout the world. They will continually develop their unique brand position and recognition while always adhering to the highest quality standards in design and precious materials.
Knight&Hammer developed the motto: Jewelry with a ConscienceTM. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each piece from this collection is donated to charity.
They have created specific pieces of Jewelry with a ConscienceTM benefiting the following organizations:
You are able to acquire other Knight&Hammer jewelry on-line here.
Happy Memorial Day!
Be sure to see these hip Military-inspired products I've found over the years.
Artist and Designer Frank Tjepkema (aka Tjep.), has a fun series of solid sterling silver rings based on the pixelated alien invaders in Taito's classic arcade game, Space Invaders.
Invader Aiko ring:
Invader Hoshi Ring:
Invader Yuki ring:
Shop for them and other Tjep products here.
To learn about tons of other products inspired by the aliens, check out one of my favorite fellow blogger's sites, Technabob