We can’t say this with any real certainty, but folklore suggests that in the time before metallurgy was perfected, people used flowers, sea shells, animal bones and teeth etc. for adornment. Many tribal cultures still use these items as accessories. Flowers are still worn as hair accessories, boutonnières and corsages though people in the more advanced of civilizations still avoid wearing animal bones and teeth as ornaments for fear of being hounded by PETA and being deemed Satan worshipers.
However, there is no anthropological record to show whether human ever used food as accessories. Of course, we are totally discounting the prop floral garlands made from popcorn by theater stylists here. But we suppose there is a real market out there with an immense demand for novelty accessories that look like food!
And that is exactly the kind of market that the creations of Melbourne-based designer Lara Ivachev cater to. The artist has a whole range of innovative and rather delicious looking jewelry that is shaped after common food items. Interestingly enough, the range is called EAT.ME.DO. though none of the items in it are actually edible!
The food inspired jewelry includes nutty items like Assorted Jelly Bean Necklace, Baby Watermelon Bracelet, Banana Boat, Bling Bling Grapes, Broccoli and Chilli Brooch and Colored Popcorn Bracelet and Necklace. The rather vast and comprehensive range boasts of a number of other food item inspired jewelry as well though you might still have to place a special order for popular world cuisine dishes like Peking Duck or Chicken Tikka Masala. All the items in the unique accessories range is also priced on the steeper side and most items retail in the $70-plus range. On the bright side, if you don’t have enough money to buy one something from this exquisite range, you can always use them as an inspiration and fashion your own 100% edible jewelry from things found in your fridge!