I think it has been years since I last posted something about jewelry, so I was pleasantly surprised to have my attention pointed to Charles Koll (www.charleskoll.com) who offers a range of custom high-end jewelry, some with a distinct Steampunk twist to it.
Two of his creations stand out, first, the Cipher:
The Cipher Iris an exploration of mechanisms that can tolerate the human hand. Open up a mechanical watch and start playing with the guts and you’ll quickly see the inspiration — This “Iris” mechanism is a modified version of a classic Steampunk theme (clockwork) commissioned by a longtime Charles Koll client. The Cipher combines a classic Iris design, with an internal rotary mechanism, rare earth magnets and a decoder ring. While not a living creature, the little details are all steampunk.
And then, less Steampunk but with a cult factor of its own, there is the Hunterseeker (and if you wonder, what a hunterseeker, I googled that for you here).
Inspired by Dune, the Hunterseeker mixes the descriptions of characters in the book with the style of the big-screen adaptation. The ‘machine’ is designed to look like it actually functions. Inspiration came from a client who wanted a ‘jizai’ (Japanese art form showing mechanical representations of living creatures) feel.
I am particularly fond of the hunterseeker and would love to tell you, what the piece costs, alas, it is not yet in the official range of the website, but I will keep you posted!