jewellery made from human skin

Icelandic fashion designer Sruli Recht had a slice of skin surgically removed from his own belly to make this ring. After the operation, the 110 by 10 millimetre strip of skin was salted and tanned, then mounted on a 24 carat gold band to create the piece of jewellery, which can be purchased for €350,000. Sruli Recht created a short documentary with graphic scenes of the operation, performed by a plastic surgeon, which can be watched online if you have a strong stomach. The anthropodermic leather ring forms part of Recht’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection, to be presented in Paris tomorrow. Recht creates garments and accessories from unconventional materials at his Reykjavik studio, and his previous collections have included stillborn lamb leather and silk extracted from a spider’s gland implanted in a goat. Other unusual jewellery include a collection made from the hair of a deceased loved one and pieces made of animal and fish remains. Fashion gone wrong? You decide….