There are a bunch of the photos in it that were taken of some really gorgeous jewellery that Robert used to make before his own photography took off. He mixed beads, crosses, tiny skulls, strips of leather and feathers to make these wicked, bohemian-rock pieces that are undeniably cool.
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(all photograps from 'Patti Smith 1969-1976' , photographs by Judy Linn)
There are a couple of problems, of course. First problem - I don't really have the talent, time or inclination to make my own jewellery. And second problem - I don't think you can actually buy any of Robert Mapplethorpe's pieces or, if you can, I am pretty sure I won't be able to afford them.
Sooo - I had to come up with some alternatives. And lucky for me, there are some very cool, not that expensive jewellery designers out there right now. After a search through the wonderful world of the interwebs, here are the ones that I am getting all lusty after.
Fallon is designed by Dana Lorenz. The collections feature gorgeous, covetable pieces with a rock chick aesthetic and a me-friendly price tag. (Also, how cool are the chick's eyebrows in the above photo? I am really starting to love black eyebrows with white hair and have been colouring mine in now and then. Very Wendy James.)
Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
I would prefer it if these were silver but these are still very cool.
2. Deadly Ponies
Deadly Ponies has a jewellery line - hell yeah!
I have told my husband that, if he really, truly loves me, he will be buy me something from their website. I didn't even have to give him any further guidance than the link - I love everything on there.
This is just a taste, but honestly it is all gorgeous.
Can't wait to see what I am getting!!!
I have been lusting after ManiaMania jewellery for a while now - they stock it in a few stores here and it is all so cool. It is a little more expensive but oh so pretty!
4. Bing Bang
I found Bing Bang on shopbop.com. It is designed by Anna Sheffield and it is supercool and groovy. I haven't bought any yet but definitely plan to. Lots of it.
Tiny skulls, crosses, blades - the Bing Bang collections have everything I could want.
This is the designer, Anna Sheffield. She is so cute! Love her ink too.