Oh, the things you find in the Valentine’s Day section of the local Rite Aid while waiting for a prescription refill... Burning questions: * When did Rite-Aid break into the “naughty” novelties business?
* And when, exactly, did bondage become all the rage among the preschooler set?
German-watch company Botta has a new line that is sure to have all the hipsters sporting one shortly. (With thanks to our friends at CoolHunting.com for the tip.) It’s a wristwatch with an hour hand only. No minutes, no seconds, for those who are always fashionably late. It can be seen Here, but if you don’t speak or understand German, you might be S.O.L. Still, it’s a cool-looking timepiece, and if we could figure out how much 229 euros was in dollars, we might consider getting one. But who’s got the time?
We’ve often been vexed when trying to buy Hawaiian jewelry. Should we go with Coral or Wood? Pendants or bracelets? Fortunately, a company called Remist has come to the rescue with their new offering, “Hawaiian Jewelry Shopping Guide for Budget Guys.” (Yes, really; you think we could make this up?) The site offers a number of choices for guys short on cash but long on desire. Details are Here, or if you just want to go directly to the site, it’s at Remist.com. Wonder whatever happened to our old Puka-Shell necklace?
Worried about the electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) emanating from your cellphone and other nearby electronics? Yeah, us neither, but that hasn’t stopped the good folks at The Essence of healing.com from marketing a device to protect you from such'rays.' It's not really a device as much as it is an '18-Karat gold plated MegaChi(tm) Pendant, the best life enhancing product on the market' they tell us. We’re not exactly sure how it works, but they claim it provides 'unsurpassed excellence in assisting life experiences of the wearer by protecting his/her DNA from the negative affects from EMFs when using cell-phones.' And it’s only $250. We don’t expect they’ll be sending us a free sample.
Not really sure what the whole point is of the press release from Abazias.com, an online jeweler trying to promote itself. The company made up a special video, available Here, that demonstrates how a diamond engagement ring will be chopped to bits if you place it in a blender. (Yes, really.) Narrated and demonstrated by "Missy," a blonde who is apparently an engineer of some sort because she wears a long white lab coat (and ignore her eyes as she reads the copy), the tape shows her dropping an engagement ring into a "popular blender" (they won’t name it; it’s a Blendtec) and then hitting the "crushed ice" setting. (Because a diamond is sometimes referred to as "Ice"; Get it? Sheesh.) As predicted, the bauble is reduced to particles. Moral? Don’t put your diamond ring in a blender. We guess.
Evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, best known or her, um, “colorful” makeup and huge eyelashes, slipped her mortal coil July 20. In a sort of homage, Portland artist and designer Stephanie Simek is marketing a Tammy Faye Necklace, comprised of real human hair and a sterling silver chain; the hair is in the shape of a huge eyelash (With thanks to CoolHunting.com for the tipoff.) If we wore such things, we’d definitely get one. See it for yourself Here. (What? Some guys wear necklaces. You shoulda seen us in our disco days. Get down!)
It’ll be thirty years next month since the King of Rock & Roll passed away, but that small, bothersome detail hasn’t stopped his estate from churning out money like they’re printing it. Case in point today: a new set of Elvis-branded jewelry from Elvis Presley Jewellery.com. The British site is offering up a number of Elvis-themed items including “TLC Gold and Diamond earrings” (complete with lightning bolts. Really.), an official Elvis “Caught in a Trap” solid gold ring (with his official signature inside. Woo-hoo!) and the highlight of the set, a solid silver Elvis Presley coin, with his mug on the front and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth (!) on the back. Because, as everyone knows, when you think “Elvis” you automatically also think, “Queen Elizabeth.” (Yeah, right.) Wonder what her cut is?
This was the headline of a release that found its way to us today: “House of Taylor Jewelry Introduces Elizabeth ‘Red Carpet Collection’ at the Oscars.” It might lead one to conclude that former screen star Liz Taylor would unveil her new jewelry collection adorning some Oscar nominees Sunday night, no? Well, not really. Further reading uncovered this mysterious line: “House of Taylor Jewelry, Inc., an international jewelry company whose principal shareholders include entities [Ed.: Meaning WHAT, exactly?) owned by Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Kathy Ireland, today announced the company will showcase jewelry designed by Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel [italics added] in anticipation of the 79th Annual Academy Awards.” Ah. So it won’t exactly BE at the Oscars; just at a hotel, nearby. Got it. And not Sunday, either, but this Wednesday and Thursday. Thanks, Liz; we’ll get back to you.
Online diamond and jewelry seller Blue Nile knows a thing or two about engagement rings, and wishes the men who buy its products could say the same. A recent survey commissioned by the retailer asked women how they’d like to be proposed to. Some 94% of women said they prefer a private engagement over a splashy proposal; 84% of those asked said they’d rather have a romantic proposal than a gaudy ring; and 70% said they don’t care if the proposal is creative or imaginative, as long as the proposal happens at all! Gentlemen, start your engines. Ring suggestions for the hopelessly clueless can be found at BlueNile.com.
BJ’s Wholesale Club might be the destination for a lot of folks wanting to stock up on party supplies this time of year, but it’s their online outlet, BJs.com, that’s going to ring up The Big Sale. The discounter wants everyone to know that it’s gotten into selling jewelry online in a huge way by offering a 41-carat (total weight) diamond necklace for a hefty $249,999.00. Why anyone would want to make such a purchase from an online purveyor is beyond our mere comprehension, but apparently BJ’s has high hopes. A quick visit to the site shows a number of pricey baubles up for grabs, including a diamond ring at 14 grand, a tennis bracelet for 15 grand, and a diamond tennis necklace for a mere eighteen thousand dollars. And to think we used to go there for the big jugs of mayo.