Tech trash to treasured trinkets: Would you wear it?

We’ve all been there. Staring at an out-of-date PC tower, trying to figure out what to do with twenty pounds of useless technology that was top-of-the-line three years ago. But Italian designer Paolo Mirai has a great new way to use your old circuit boards: as jewelry.

Recycling old tech as jewelry
Paolo Mirai upcycled tech jewelry: cuff bracelet

[see some amazing pics after the jump]

The Cirkuita line of jewelry features technological remnants trapped forever in the form of rings, bracelets, brooches, or cuff links. The technological gem captured in each piece might have come from an old
Canon camera, a clock, an Apple hardboard, a keyboard, some film, an
inkjet cartridge, or– my favorite descriptor– a noisy pet toy.

Cirkuita upcycled gear bracelet

Blue Conductor Ring
Recycled tech ring
Recycled tech ring
Recycled tech pendant

In addition to the luscious pictures of one-of-a-kind pieces, you can also enjoy the artist’s descriptions of her creations, which have a sort of poetry about them: From a male sunset, a new female dawn that vibrates with electrical memories.

On your wrist, natch.

The prices are in Euros and, well, pricey. But if you have a thing for one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, there’s just something fascinating about broken tech captured and preserved like mosquitoes in amber. Or resin? Though from far away, it looks like Murano glass. Just far less breakable. And with cogs. 

What do we think, tech mamas? Would you wear it? ~Delilah

Find the Cirkuita line of jewelry by Italian artist Paolo Mirai at her site.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 24, 2012

    liz r.

    I would absolutely wear it! Gorgeous pieces.

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