Well, after much digging, I've assembled a personal wish-list of suitable lovelies over on Etsy. And in order to call all those hours of online shopping "research," I'm now going to share my list with you guys. :) Enjoy!
For Harry Potter geeks:
"Fleur's Snitch Necklace" by trophies [$19.50]
[click the pics to go to the Etsy listing]This is my favorite of the snitch necklaces I've seen so far - it's kind of subtle, and I like the way the gold glass looks against the textured metal of the wings. Plus, it's under $20!
For scientist geeks:
"Science Beaker and Flask Necklace" by Finest Imaginary [$21]
I used to wish I was a scientist just so I could quote Peter Venkman all day. ("Back off, man, I'm a scientist.") But now I wish I was a scientist so I could quote Peter Venkman AND wear this necklace. The clear acrylic is so modern and clean, and I love how the frosted lines cast a shadow.
For, uh, currency geeks?"Ten Cent Necklace" by Rachel Sudlow [$22]
Ok, so I'm not sure how this is geeky exactly, but, c'mon, wearing money? There's something pretty clever in that. Plus, the patina really makes me want to touch it; it's deliciously tactile, don't you think?
UPDATE: I broke down and bought this one last week. It's lovely: tiny and delicate. It also inspired John and me to start playing with blow torches...but more on that later. ;)
For nerdy geeks:
"Black Retro Nerd Glasses Necklace" by Cinnamoroll Cafe [$7.30]
I actually have this necklace, or one just like it. (I got mine from Forever 21.) It's fabulous: punchy and graphic, and it makes everyone who sees it smile.
For gamer geeks:
"Girl Gamer Controller Necklace" by Deadly Pretty [$12]
There are plenty of adorable polymer clay controller charms out there, but for a necklace I like a little bling. This one is made of plastic with little rhinestone crystals for the buttons, so it's both cute and sparkly.
For comic book geeks:
"POW Wonder Woman Clamshell Necklace" by Laughing Raven Design [$42]
How fun is this design? The inside says "wonder woman" and has a small crystal hanging in it, too. (You choose either the "POW" front or the stars. Of course, I'd go with the "POW".) I love that it's a nod to the Wonder Woman while still making you a wonder woman while you're wearing it.
So tell me, guys, what'd I miss? Link to your favorite piece of geek chic jewelry in the comments! (Bonus points if you can find me a steampunk piece that's sparkly; most of what I've seen is all grunge and no glitter.)