We've seen our share of jewelry made from old circuit boards, but none as luxe-looking as those by Paola Mirai. The Milan-based art director, designer, and self-described "alchemical experimenter" suspends castoff computer parts, clock springs, watch cogs, and other technological detritus in a colorless—and home-brewed—resin known as "orotrasparente." The result is a series of brooches, bracelets, cuff links, and rings with a lighter-than-air quality, featuring high-tech components that appear to float just above the body.
Mashing up the past, present, and future, Mirai’s “Cirkuita” collection uses everything from old Apple computer screens to glass marbles. One of our favorite pieces is a motherboard bracelet that turns its wearer into a cyborg without the invasive surgery. Mirai makes each of her accessories by hand, ensuring that no two are alike.