Hmm. I can't quite figure out why I like this ring. Could it be because wearing shackles on my fingers would not only symbolize but actually embody my addiction to rings? Perhaps. Two-finger "attachment" (there's an understatement for you) ring in distressed silver by Argentum, €100, available at L'ArtiChaut.
I have a serious bird phobia. Thanks to this piece, I'm about to develop a serious ring phobia, too. Handcrafted bird ring by Stephanie Carbone of Space Mermaid, US$48, available in seven colours.
Nothing could possibly describe how maddening houseofdone.com is, but brave the crazy and there are actually some pretty neat rings in there. Really.
Swallows and daggers and skulls, oh my! Trolling the necklace, ring and earring collections at Made Her Think is kind of like sifting through a pirate's booty. A pretty, girly pirate's booty. This 14k rose gold bird ring, reminiscent of those old sailor tattoos, goes for US$352.
Wendy Mullin has long been an indie designer darling; on the web since 1999, Built by Wendy now has two retail shops in LA and Williamsburg. Now available on her site as part of her Fall 2005 collection are two pieces of jewellery by Bittersweets New York including this baby vamp ring, which is actually two interlocking rows of teeth you can wear together or separately. Sterling silver, US$140, available in size 5½/6 only. See the Bittersweets site for photos of the ring in gold (but no online shopping!).
Owl pendants seem to be popular for fall but, for ring lovers, there's this cute "owl eyes" ring by Reform Jewelry (US$77 for silver or US$88 for 14kt vermeil). If it's a pendant you're after, though, it is available as a necklace (and earrings) as well. Browse their collection for other nature-inspired designs like the antler necklace and seahorse ring!
I've seen a lot of rings but I don't think I've seen anybody do simplicity better than the people at German jeweller Niessing. In their hands, the tiniest detail becomes a giant focal point. Many of their concepts are deceptively simple; they look like "anybody" could've come up with them, but they key is that "anybody" didn't and even if they did, it's doubtful they could've mastered the proportions and elegance like Niessing. I'm starting to sound like a bad infomercial now, so just go check them out. Pictured here is "Refuge" from the wedding collection. Also notable: "Rotation" (wedding collection), "Braided" (ring collection) and "Runway" (steel collection). Be sure to read the "details" link when available. [p.s. - Permalinks are now available for all my blog posts. Just click on the link icon for the URL.]
Cara Croninger was one of the first jewellers to work with resin. To use her words, her pieces are truly "sculptures you wear." She has gorgeous pieces in both her jewellery and art sections, like the "multicolor archer ring" shown here (I think her bracelets are her best work).
I've had Angela Tong's swan rings bookmarked for a while, but it's her brand new turning leaf rings that finally inspired me to post! These are cool because they look stacked but are not doubled up in the shank. Available in silver (US$66) and yellow or white gold (US$262).
Zarigani Works has a neat array of what they call "jet rings" (scroll to bottom). For fans of Speed Racer, maybe? This sterling piece goes for ¥10,290 or roughly US$95. Their homepage has a cool photo of what you'd look like if you woke up one morning and decided you needed a jet ring on every single finger, but it's a randomly-loading image so you may have to refresh the page a few times to see it.
It's the oldest fashion dilemma in the book: where can you find a gold hippopotamus ring with ruby nostrils? Right here, people. You can thank me later. US$2,800 for 14k or US$375 for silver ($245 if you opt for empty nostrils).
Sometimes, it's so hot out that all you want to do is sit and stare at a cool, glacier-like slab of pretty on your hand. Like this! Asymmetrical prehnite set in 14K on sterling band by Jamie Joseph, price unknown (but based on her collection at Twist, "a lot" is probably close).
Someone recently asked about cool rings for men, and here's what I came up with (all, incidentally, out of the UK). EC One has a couple of men's rings (and a pair of cool bulldog cufflinks), including a silver dragon ring by Sarah Pulvertaft for £165 or £160 at silversalsa.net, if you prefer. EC One also carries some lovely rings for women, so be sure to take a look. Jess James has styles in silver and gold; I like the William Cheshire lightning bolt cut-out ring for £114. Finally, though their website bugs the nuts out of me, Sheridan Designs has several collections of streamlined shapes (my favourite is "Lumens"), including a men's line featuring such pieces as the "concrete" band shown here. It's priced from £85 to £5536(!) depending on what metal you choose.
Busy, busy, busy! Hot, hot, hot! That means I'm just here to drop a few links... no photos this time, sorry!
- Draganov - fine line series (click the numbers up top to see more)
- Jenni Wilson - CUTE laundry rings!! [thanks to Kylie for the link]
- Jill Alessandra - trees and roots
- Belinda Giles - lovely double ring
- Sonja Picard - blue enamel temple ring
- GLENN - not my style, but definitely distinctive!
- Shinji Nakaba - mouse and whale (scroll down)
This is a ring that looks like a knuckle. A ring that looks like a knuckle. That's so perfect, what more could I possibly say about it? This and other highly interesting objects of varying tactfulness including a suicide bracelet featuring a detachable razor blade can be found at suelzkotlett.de.
If you like to be literally dripping with gems, BYLU (pronounced "blue") offers this 24k gold vermeil ring in its "Doo.ri for BYLU" collection. Available in pink tourmaline & garnet, amethyst, iolite & amethyst, turquoise and peridot. The sizing is a bit of a mystery, but it's on sale for a huge discount: down from US$200 to US$70!
Whether or not it's worn as a symbol of peace, the dove is always a pleasing shape. This one, dangling off a simple band with its 0.01 carat diamond eye, is US$159. Other charms in this series include cherries, pretzels and stars, though the non-dangly cupcake ring is tempting, too!
You can always tell when I'm visiting the Japanese jewellery site MONDO shop because I just sit there and squeal, "So! Cute!" over and over again. Like this vintage Italian ring? So! Cute! The unbelievable collection of charm necklaces, including whales, hedgehogs and coffee cups? So! Cute! The earrings, cell phone straps and bracelets? Do I even need to say it? The navigation's in English, so join me in my squealing, won't you?
Susan Morris Sykes likes to combine found objects with sterling silver these days, that translates to a nice collection of button jewellery. Most of the rings are priced at a very reasonable US$25! If you don't see something that grabs you right away, she also takes custom orders so you can get just what you're looking for. Of course, if you're metal-averse, there's always the cute beaded button rings on my own humble site :)
Fine jewellery often comes in safe (i.e. traditional) colour combinations, but Suzanne Felsen doesn't shy away from mixing it up! Beside her splashy rings in orange and fuchsia or aqua and pink, even a calmer combo like navy and moonstone looks fresh and creative. With so many jewellers out there, it's not easy to stand out when designing gemstone pieces, but this L.A. native definitely does just that. (Pictured here: 18k white gold with aquamarine and mandarin garnet, US$6,500.)
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In ring terms, that means every time a new beauty pops into this world, its not-so-beautiful counterpart makes an appearance somewhere just to balance out the universe. The US$98 story book ring is one of those rings. It comes to us from Anthropologie somewhat bafflingly, as their jewellery selection is usually spectacular (especially when it comes to necklaces). So let's examine what makes this piece such a failure. The 14k gold wire wrapping? Neither awesome nor horrible; it's standard issue. The large green Swarovski crystal? It's kind of pretty, actually. Even the enamel pansy, on its own, is rather nice. But to strap the pansy on top of the crystal like an old mattress on top of a station wagon? And then to ask if you can "release their magical powers"? Perhaps the pansy should use its powers to break free of its wire cage and go become a brooch instead.
Fellow Vancouverite Joanna Baxter serves up some colourful rings featuring fiber optic glass mosaics set in sterling silver boxes. They remind me of those puzzles where you have to push squares around on a grid, piece by piece, until you complete the whole picture (I'm sure someone out there knows the correct terminology!). Prices run at about CAD$100-200. She has another collection that applies the same idea to pearls, resulting in a nice contrast between the box and the spheres.
I usually favour simplicity, but it's hard to deny the sheer, unadulterated prettiness of Cathy Waterman's intricate art. Her sparkling pieces are delicate and, simply put, exquisite. The finely-detailed works evince her passion for antique jewellery; there's also something decidedly majestic about each ring, earring and necklace. This is what you wear when the ordinary just won't do! Pictured here is the platinum and diamond 3 Crosses Ring, US$2,070 (did I mention the prices are majestic as well?).
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