Tom Binns' costume jewelry: trash and treasure
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A crystal and neon necklace, made of hand painted rhodium and crystal created by Tom Binns.( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times )
Binns likes riffing on the idea of whats precious. The Get Real collection uses laminated magazine cutouts of jewelry. I appropriated appropriations. This is Lanvin, this is Cartier, he says, pointing to the two-dimensional gems cutouts assembled into a collar. I cut up the jewelry, stuck it all together and reassembled it.
The concept, introduced during Paris market week in April, was a joke, he insists. But of course everybody loved it. So now, hes manufacturing the joke gems, and selling them for $100 each. If you cant afford the real [stuff], you can have a paper cutout, he says. Its virtual jewelry! Im virtually rich!
A crystal and neon necklace made with hand-painted rhodium.
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