Steampunk Jewelry: Whatzthat?

While looking for innovations in jewelry, I stumbled across a website called Etsy EDM Designs and realized that I have been completely unaware of a way of life called ‘steampunk'.

It got me reading and learning. I have since come to know that "Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used-usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England-but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne."

That's according to Wikipedia.

I have also learnt that there is steampunk jewelry, (my object of focus), steampunk music, steampunk fashion, culture and lifestyle. Whew!!!

Now, since steampunk denotes going back or adopting a way of life prevalent in the 19th century, in terms of jewelry, steampunk translates into styles that are functional, but have an antiquated look.

Steampunk jewelers use old pieces of machinery and give them new avatars. This involves a lot of time and creative ingenuity.

Result? New stuff made out of old.

I must say the pieces have style and class.

Check them out at the Etsy store.

Aug 7, 2008
by Anonymous


they shouldn't use old stuff. But some of them look ok, still they should use new things.

Aug 23, 2008
by Anonymous

Not use "old stuff"?

Anonymous, you don't get it, do you? Why not recycle beautiful though no-long-working-or-useful items into something else? You would prefer "new stuff" mass-produced in China and sold in every WalMart?

Nov 12, 2008
by Anonymous


Uh...if you look closely that probably was mass produced in CHINA...the only thing recycled is the old watch movements...the findings are cheap and available in any craft shop...some epoxy and a trip to a thrift store and you could make that in less than five minutes...and for next to nothing! And they are charging a fortune for it...what a nerve!

Dec 19, 2008
by Anonymous

EDM designs and steampunk

While I appreciate anyone furthering the steampunk aesthetic, EDM designs tends to plop wacth movements onto a ring or pendant; not much originality or difficulty there. There are many creators on Etsy who have come up with innovative ways to make steampunk items, some for much less. Do take a look. =)

Jan 3, 2009
by Anonymous

opinions of a jewelry artist

I am a beaded jewelry artist and I have been researching steampunk jewelry as another line to add to my inventory. I am intrigued by some of the designs I am seeing, but agree that some are just ugly. It may seem simple to put together, but I see it as art and it takes a lot of creativity to create something functional and beautiful out of old, used stuff. I am excited by the possibilities, and I am pursuing this line of jewelry myself.