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The idea of wearable tech, while fantastic, is nothing new. In fact, it’s centuries old. China Daily shared this picture of a functioning abacus ring that reportedly dates back to the 17th century, during the Qing Dynasty. It’s being manipulated with a needle because the beads are too small for clumsy fingers to handle. The delicate jewelry is smaller than a thumb!

It may be one of the first smart rings. The abacus is a tool used to complete calculations, and even though most people rely on computers and mobile devices to do math for them, the abacus is still used in some parts of the world – perhaps not on such a small scale though.

(HuffPo via Gizmodo, pic via @StJohnDeakins)


Photos courtesy of Paul Pape and Paul Michael Design/Etsy

Geeks are quite creative when it comes to memorable events in their lives—especially weddings and proposals. For the most hardcore fans, ring boxes and even the engagement rings themselves get specialized with a geeky theme. It’s a big moment when you decide to spend your life with someone who is probably just as, if not more, passionate about a fandom as you are. What better way to make them remember that moment forever than by having the items in your proposal be geeky too?

Over the years we’ve shown you a number of amazing custom made rings and ring boxes with themes from Batman to World of Warcraft. But how are these works of geeky art created? If you’re interested in making a special custom engagement ring or ring box but don’t know where to start, we have you covered.

We spoke with two of the best in the business, Paul Michael Design and Paul Pape Designs about how you can have your own custom engagement ring or ring box made. Take a look inside the process with our guide and find some inspiring photos after the break.

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HBO has teamed up with Pyrrha on a beautiful new line of Game of Thrones jewelry that will be available beginning on April 4th. The line of rings and necklaces is made from bronze and sterling silver and features the house sigils of Targaryen, Stark, Baratheon, Tyrell, Lannister and Greyjoy. Show your love of the series and your house allegiance in one gorgeous piece of jewelry.

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firefly ring

Thanks to Etsy shop Geekonista, I can just dump all my old jewelry and deck myself out with Serenity. She offers the Firefly class transport ship in a variety of wearables including the beautiful ring pictured above. It’s made from 925 sterling silver that’s been slightly weathered. The beloved spaceship wouldn’t look right if she was too shiny. Complete the look with Serenity earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet.

See more Firefly accessories after the break.

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Rings that control everything tend to be evil, but this ring has only good intentions. It uses a Bluetooth signal to connect to all kinds of devices that you can then control with simple finger gestures that can be customized. Compose text messages, play music, turn on your television and even get phone notifications through a series of lights and vibrations. This project is currently on kickstarter where it has blown right past its goal, but you can still get in on the action with a pledge of $165 or more.

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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visor ring

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge wore a VISOR from a young age to help him see. And now, thanks to a creative style from Etsy seller Eyephoria Design, you can wear the memorable device around your finger. The ring is made using 3D printing technology and features sterling silver and 24 karat gold plated accents.

The ring is made to order and ship in about 3-4 weeks.

See what it looks like on the hand after the break.

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tardis necklace

You can never own too much geeky jewelry. It’s a fact. You can keep rationalizing your purchases because there are so many different and creative items on the market. Just look at this spinning TARDIS necklace! The design by Paul Michael is simply stunning with it’s sapphire and diamond-encrusted details.

If that wasn’t enough, check out the ring version after the break.

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sonic ring

Though this kind of sonic won’t get you out of tricky situations or even assemble cabinets, it’s still spectacular. That’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Paul Michael Designs.

You get a band reminiscent of the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, and you can customize the ring by choosing the stone. Go with blue or green to stick to what we’ve seen on screen, or choose your birthstone or favorite color. Sonic rings in all the colors of the rainbow!

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This adorable Harry Potter ring is designed to look just like Luna Lovegood’s crazy glasses. It’s made out of sterling silver and is open in the back so it can be made to fit your finger perfectly.

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I’m not sure the path to wedded bliss involves convincing someone to buy an engagement ring by promising them an Xbox One, but this jeweler thinks otherwise. Perrywinkles will send you out the door with a new Xbox One console with the purchase of any engagement ring featuring a 3/4 carat center stone. This offer only runs through the end of the month, so better get a move on if you want to game at your engagement party.

See the full ad after the break…

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