London-based MISHO jewelry designer Suhani Parekh has created earrings that are designed to attach to AirPods to stop them falling out of wearers’ ears.
“The earrings fit on as regular earrings do, with a back and post,” Parekh told Cult of Mac. “They’ve been designed so you can slip your AirPods in and out as you use them through the day without the need to take the earrings off.”
Parekh said that the concept was to create earrings that would solve a real problem (stop AirPods falling out), but also look stylish without the need for AirPods. They come in three different styles: Pebble Pods, Minimal/Active Tall Pods and Minimal/Active Tiny Pods. Prices range from $40 to $100, depending on the style you choose.
“The Pebble Pods are handcrafted in sterling silver and plated in 22k gold,” Parekh said. “There’s one for every occasion — from the sculptural Pebble Pods that make a serious style statement to the minimal Active wear options perfect for a busy day at work, a long run or an intense workout at the gym.”
The worlds of fashion and high tech meet
Not everyone reading this is necessarily going to be in the market for AirPod-supporting earrings. (Although, hey, it’s 2020: you’re free to look how you want!) But the Pebble Pods are proof positive of how Apple’s ultra-successful AirPods are even entering the world of fashion and jewelery.
Many people scoffed when Jony Ive tried to drag Apple into the world of high fashion with the Apple Watch. Today, those ideas have more or less faded from Apple’s marketing for its wearable. But Apple products are stylish in a way that transcends just their core functionality. Suhani Parekh’s designs are just the latest reminder of this crossover.
“Personally, I believe the most successful pieces of design are those that combine form, function and aesthetics,” Parekh said. “Jewelry is so incredibly personal and, in a way, so are these devices that have become inextricable from our lives. [The] jewelry we wear, your phone or your headphones, they’ve become a second skin.” (You know, just what Sherry Turkle was telling us technology would become way back in the 1980s.)
You can check out Suhani Parekh’s AirPod-cradling earrings here.