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This Artist’s Face Jewelry Will Give You A New Nose Without Plastic Surgery

Akiko Shinzato is pushing the boundaries of conventional jewelry

Forget earrings or necklaces, artist Akiko Shinzato's latest collection, Another Skin, is about ~face~ jewelry.

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The London-based jewelry designer wanted to create works that address our cultural obsession with our appearances.

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"We perform appearance management for the sake of beauty, from dieting to exercise, makeup to cosmetic surgeries and so on," she writes on her site.

"Facebook and other social networking services are used to broadcast certain images of self and 'make up' an identity," she continues. But those images are highly manipulated.
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"Facebook and other social networking services are used to broadcast certain images of self and 'make up' an identity," she continues. But those images are highly manipulated.

In her crystal series, she turns her wearers into bejeweled clowns.

Oh hey there, clownface.
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Oh hey there, clownface.

Shinzato knows her collection might not be something for, like, EVERY DAY WEAR, but she's interested in using jewelry as a way to manipulate the wearer's look.

"It's an alternative to makeup or plastic surgery," she told BuzzFeed Life.
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"It's an alternative to makeup or plastic surgery," she told BuzzFeed Life.

Another part of Shinzato's face jewelry collection includes leather noses and mouths.

The aim, says Shinzako, is to "partially hide the facial features of the wearer whilst revealing a whole other identity."
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The aim, says Shinzako, is to "partially hide the facial features of the wearer whilst revealing a whole other identity."

Probably a way more affordable option than plastic surgery.

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Sometimes you really do need to see things through new eyes.

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