Tracking Down the Jewelry Seen in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
By now, you're probably rather familiar with the movie poster of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in which Rooney Mara appears topless, the film's release date printed in bold numbers to cover (albeit incompletely) the pierced nipples that, if fully exposed, would cause a major uproar among "family values" crusaders. If you look closely at Rooney Mara's hand, the one clutching Daniel Craig's arm, which is itself slung over her chest protectively, you'll notice Mara is wearing several rings in her character's signature goth style. In her role as Lisbeth Salander, Mara sports these very same rings throughout the film, complementing her razor blade pendant necklace, lip ring, nose ring, and the black spiral earrings dangling from her lobes.
Well, I set out to investigate who designed the jewelry seen in the film and, as it turns out, one of my favorite jewelry designers, Jules Kim, is the lady behind the rings Lisbeth Salander rocked while executing her stealth cyber operations, solving a decades-old crime, and exacting revenge on a merciless rapist. Kim's Bijules line is centered on many of the same principles that we associate with the character of Lisbeth Salander. Her pieces all have an air of unapologetic confidence, a dark beauty that will frighten some and fascinate others, and a slightly lethal quality that makes them feel treacherous yet titillating. It's only fitting, then, that two of her most in-your-face pieces would wind up gracing Mara's fingers for her role as Salander: the Bijules Bony Knuckle Ring ($264 at BijulesNYC.com), meant to be positioned atop the knuckle and featuring two pieces of metal shaped to resemble femurs and curved into a two-tier design; and the Bijules Mini Curved Bar Ring ($238 at BijulesNYC.com), a slightly rounded version of the Bar Ring that Kim considers the staple of the Bijules line, with a gleaming top bar that can cover up to three fingers.
Salander's tribal-flavored earrings, meanwhile, were designed by Tawapa, an organic jewelry brand that specializes in pieces made of organic materials ranging from coconut shells and exotic woods to post-consumer water buffalo horn and fossilized ivory. Though many of the brand's earring designs mimic those seen in the film, the Horn Night Shade earrings (starting at $41.25 at Tawapa.com) are the closest approximation, with their spiraling shape and the small hook-like details along each curve of the glossy black buffalo horn.
So there you have it, folks! If you're feeling like rocking a subversive look these days, you now have the right weaponry to do so.