Gallery: ‘Growing Jewelry’ Icelandic Moss Rings


It’s not every day that you get to watch your garden grow while wearing some fashion-forward digit bling. The Growing Jewelry collection by hip Icelandic product designer Hafsteinn Juliusson is ideal for green thumbs who not only care about the environment but also want to spread some eco-love by sporting tuffets of moss as jewelry. We have been waiting for an upgrade on the Chia Pet for years now, and with Juliusson’s sleek handcrafted collection there is finally an alternative to micro gardening for the design set.

You might already be a bit fatigued by this year’s fashion mantra ‘Green is the new black’, but with rings and things that trade gold for the sparkle of real Icelandic moss, there is some relief in sight. You know that we love our public moss art here at Inhabitat, and we think real live vegetation that you can nurture and wear is even better. What better message to send when it comes to caring for the environment and properly tending to things at arm’s reach? Growing Jewelry’s hand rings feature inset Icelandic moss that the owner has to lovingly water and trim. One might conclude that the ‘carat’ of the patch depends upon just how shaggy you want to grow it.

I have been aiming to get cracking on a green roof project for years now, but I think that I just might start things off with a ring from Growing Jewelry. My bonsai trees definitely keep me engaged, but I am excited by the prospects of heading out on the town with this knuckle ring gone eco. It’s SO bad and good at the same time – or shall we say ‘rockin’?

The Growing Jewelry collection is available at the Reykjavik Art Museum where it lives on sand beds under growing lamps.

+ Growing Jewelry by Hafsteinn Juliusson


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  7. mariomurder September 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I believe those would be called “grass knuckles”…

  8. Steve N. Lee September 18, 2008 at 2:39 am

    While this might sound like the ramblings of some Buddhist whacko, I don’t like this.

    Just because plants don’t feel pain or emotion the way animals do is no reason to abuse them. These products are not aimed at gardeners, but at the fashion conscious – are you telling me they’ll dutifully care for these plants, or, quickly bored, will these plants end up discarded and dying in some dark, dry drawer?

    Needlessly killing plants is NOT eco-friendly. It’s about as ‘black’ as the ‘new green’ is ever going to get!

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

  9. Fair Trade September 17, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Yep, the first product definitely looks like it would get you into trouble for carrying an offensive weapon – hard moss!

  10. dimtick September 17, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Green brass knuckles……I guess it was only a matter of time…..

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