Designer Covers $500,000 Gold Ring with a Piece of His Own Skin

The Forget Me Knot gold ring created by Icelandic fashion designer Sruli Recht is not your usual piece of luxury jewelry. The artist had a strip of his own skin surgically removed and mounted on a 24-karat-gold band.

We’ve featured some pretty bizarre jewelry on Oddity Central in the past, like the human-bone accessories of Columbine Phoenix, the finger and toe nail-clipping jewels of Rachel Betty Case, or the human hair necklaces of Kerry Howley, but Sruli Recht has managed to one up them all with his human skin ring. The eccentric designer shocked everyone when he decided to undergo surgery and have a strip of skin removed from his abdomen, to use on his very unique Forget Me Knot ring. After the operation, the 110 by 10 millimeters piece of skin, with the hair still intact, was salted and tanned before being mounted on the gold piece of jewelry. You can own this little part of Sruli Recht for the “small” price of €350,000.

But wait, there’s more. Along with the flesh-encrusted ring, the buyer also receives a DNA certificate as proof that the skin actually belongs to Sruli Recht, as well as a DVD documentary of the making-of process, the bizarre surgery and interviews with the involved team. If you have a strong stomach and are really curious about Recht’s skin removal procedure, you can watch it on YouTube. I could have post it here, but I thought the photos of the Forget Me Knot ring were disturbing enough.

Icelandic designer Sruli Recht is well known for his collection of bizarre jewelry. Some of his earlier works include unusual materials such as stillborn lamb leather and silk extracted from a spider gland implanted in a goat.

via Dezeen