The relationship between food and art stretches back more than 30,000 years, when paintings of wild, edible animals were crafted on cave-wall canvases. Although the ideology has drastically evolved since the cave-man era, the mere sight of food still has the power to evoke a reaction of excitement and intrigue.


Martijntje Cornelia

Adopting this concept with a new conceptual twist, a fresh wave of jewellery designers have transformed the power of display, turning sugar rocks and fruits into a range of precious jewels good enough to eat.

Selecting cotton candy and transforming it into a tasty collection of wearable art. Dutch designer Martijntje Cornelia is an explorer of all things sweet, claiming she’s intrigued by the reaction her designs have depending on the environment;

“Each cotton candy piece is shaped by the environment and will have a transient life dictated by the environment in which it is worn. “ – Martijntje Cornelia (Fubiz, 2015)


Martijntje Cornelia

Uniquely transforming each item to construct her aesthetic visionary collection. Cornelia leaves her cotton candy outdoors in parks or industrial installations, claiming exposure to the elements is part of her unique design process. With the shapes, colours, and sizes continuously alternating until the sugar solidifies, the Rotterdam based designer then applies a thick coat of resin to her  “rocks” before attaching it to the rings.

As each piece continues to warp and change according to its environment, the Dutch designer claims;

“It is really up to the wearer of my jewelry what will happen. Sunlight or water can cause changes in colour and shape. That’s the unique experience you get from wearing one of my pieces!”- (Mental Floss, 2014)

Natalie Smith


Drawing inspiration from surrealist science fiction, British designer Natalie Smith hosts a sugar coated crystal collection, rich in vibrance and imagery. By applying a combination of permanent and temporary materials such as textiles and sugar, Smith delicately prepares each piece to begin a transient life of exploration, disintegration and transformation. Depending on the environment each item has the ability to alternate, or even dissolve in humid conditions leaving behind the core materials underneath.


Turning scientific dreams into tasty tangible realities, the latest project by culinary consultancy TourDeFork is proving to be a great contributor to contemporary innovation and style.

Using 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC technologies, the TourDeFork designs are simple and user friendly. With a range of accessible DIY projects available free for download from the monthly Italian magazine CASAfacile’s website.  Each design can then be transformed into a real object when taken to the nearest FABlab. (Design-Milk, 2015)



Providing the wearer with full control from start to finish, whilst embracing the concept of food as a novelty. The collections 3d printed acrylic ring leaves the final adorning decision with the wearer, with its featured spike, the unique piece is perfect for displaying, alternating or consuming petit edibles. (3d Print, 2015)

While jewellery formed from edibles has taken off in culinary artistic circles, the surge of interest continues to fuel creative design inspiration. While food items such as fruit, cake and candies can be beautifully decorative, the concept of edible wearables can often be perceived as a token of appreciation. Taking a step backpack to cherish the important elemental objects that sustain our existence.


3d Print (2015) TourDeFork Unveils New 3D Printable Food Jewelry [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 10/12/15]

De Zeen (2015) Ai Weiwei’s first jewellery collection is cut from a rod of gold rebar [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 26/11/15]

Design-Milk (2015) Wearabe, Edible Design [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 10/12/15]

Martijntje Cornelia (2015) About [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 10/12/15]

Metal Floss (2015) Artist Creates Rings Out of Cotton Candy [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 10/12/15]