(TIML NEWS) Jeweler and sculptor Amanda Booth opened a package of bottled semen first thing in the morning. It was a mistake she’d only make once.
“Fresh samples are one thing, but when they’ve been in the mail for a little bit, I mean… it smells like semen, you know what I mean?” Booth said. Clients commission “jizzy jewelry” (her term), and send samples of cum to her workshop to be dehydrated, powdered, and incorporated into wearable clay beads or trinkets. “We process them at the end of the day, otherwise we’re sitting in the smell all day and it’s just… We did it in the morning one day and it was just like, ‘No, I’m never doing that again
Booth started her jewelry business in 2021, and makes wearable sculptures and trinkets out of people’s bodily fluids and ashes: breastmilk, cremated remains of loved ones or pets, fur and locks of hair. After someone commented on one of her TikTok videos asking if she’d ever considered incorporating “man juices,” Booth made a half-joking Facebook post about “jizzy jewelry,” and started receiving actual, serious orders for it.
She tested the process with her husband Jesse Mullin first, to figure out how much cum would be needed to work into a sculpture (“at least a teaspoon” of liquid makes for the right clay-to-cum ratio, she determined, but more is better) and whether the polymer clay would hold up to oven baking. “It turned out fantastic,” she said. She posted a TikTok about making her first jizzy pieces last month, and that video went viral. People have been blowing up her DMs since, she said.
For a lot of Booth’s customers, it’s a kink thing. One of Booth’s clients, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that she and her long-term partner are “loosely part of the BDSM community” and have bracelets that act as “collars,” or pieces of jewelry that typically symbolize a consensually possessive relationship. “After researching further into the Jizzy Jewelry shop, we both thought it would be the ultimate ‘you are mine’ type ‘collar’… It would be our little secret and inside joke.”
Espy, another client, told me that she and her husband commissioned a simple “pearl” pendant, because they wanted something that symbolizes the dominant and submissive aspect of their relationship. Collecting the sample was the trickiest part, she said. “We ended up opting to have my husband use a condom, and then cut the end off of the condom, to deposit the sample in a specimen tube. We then sealed the tube with electrical tape around the cap, and vacuum sealed it before placing it in a padded envelope, to be mailed.”
“My partner loves to say things like ‘you’re gonna be wearing my nut on your finger’ and ‘they’re in your dms but that’s my nut on her hand’”
Several of Booths’ clients I spoke to said they ordered jizzy jewelry as gifts to surprise their partners. Kurt Duran told me his wife Staci saw Booth’s shop on TikTok and sent it to him; with a vasectomy scheduled soon, he asked her if she wanted one of these pieces with his swimmers in it. (Another man, facing an imminent vasectomy, had a similar idea in 2019 and commissioned a ring with his sperm inside for his wife from a freelance gig-finder website.) Staci said yes, and he placed an order for a ring as a gift for her birthday.
Again, sample collection was the standout experience of the process. “Not going to lie, getting the sample into the jar was quite difficult haha,” Duran told me in an email. “It took us having sex twice and two solo masturbations to have enough sample to ship out. It might have been more than she needed but we wanted to make sure she had enough to work with.”