Sunday, February 13, 2011

Steampunk Jewelry

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that became popular during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used, typically the 19th century and usually Victorian era Britain, that incorporates prominent elements of science fiction or fantasy.  Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology (chronologically out of place) or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them; in other words, they are based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, art, etc. 

Steampunk jewelry is designed to reflect the culture and fashions of that subculture. Like other non-mainstream movements, steampunk places great importance on the value of beauty that reflects unusual or antiquated ideals. The jewelry is often bold and aggressive in appearance, but usually attempts to retain at least a hint of femininity.  It seeks to reflect strength while still appearing feminine and intelligent.

Jasper Moon will jump onto the steampunk bandwagon this year and be test marketing a few products made by a local artisan.  This steampunk butterfly pendant will be one of the offerings.  What do you think?

Steampunk jewelry is usually handmade and almost never mass-produced. Clock parts are often used in the construction of individual pieces. Old-fashioned keys are also very popular, as are antique bits & pieces, such as pill cases, thread cutters and tiny knives.  In order to reflect an antique feel, steampunk avoids the use of bright, bold colours. Instead, favoured colours are brass, bronze, copper and dark silvers such as gunmetal, brushed aluminum and titanium. Black and white are not popular; ecru, rich browns and shades of gray are much more common.

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