Give the gift that can't be re-gifted! Namering.com has silver, gold and platinum personalized name rings starting at just US$65 (a two-name ring is only $5 more). Go with brass, and you could get a ring for a mere $13! If the name you want exceeds their 15-letter maximum, you could always go for an initial ring like the one pictured here from Elim Jewelry although this particular style makes me think "K-Mart employee" before anything else. Luckily, Elim offers script letters as well as block letters and does full-name rings as well. Better yet, they're all on sale!
Well-known jeweller Robin Rotenier comes from a French family of designers and is responsible for the gorgeous sterling silver and white topaz frame ring pictured here. A black onyx version is available for US$495 at Neiman Marcus but, if you're partial to the topaz, you may have to settle for the earrings at Saks. Not that five-hundred dollar earrings should ever be considered "settling." Also check out his gallery of cufflinks in a huge variety of shapes, including lobsters, film projectors and cowboy hats!
Aah, lockets. You gotta love 'em for trying. I mean, great idea, but is a photo that size ever useful? That's why I love the rings at Taköhl Design they take the locket concept and improve upon it by applying it in an unexpected manner. Not only does the entire ring open (as pictured at left), but it contains a personalized engraving instead of a tiny headshot you have to squint to see. Choose from nine lovely styles; price starts at US$990. If you're more of a traditional locket sympathizer (or just more thrifty), there's this heart- or oval-shaped sterling silver locket ring for just US$29.95.
Germany's Anne Gericke makes some of the flat-out coolest stuff I've seen in a while! Her speciality is diorama DIORAMA! jewellery, like the incredible "bride and groom" ring pictured here. Look closely and you can see that there's actually a tiny bride and tiny groom standing on top! The windows in her pieces use either acrylic or sapphire glass (a synthetic material whose hardness is second only to that of diamonds). I'm especially partial to the "pig and child" pendant from her "formation" series. Time to start believing in Santa! I wonder if he knows I've moved...
What at first glance looks like a pair of cool cufflinks is actually a double-stone ring by Miami jeweller Ruth Avra. Pictured here is a rhodochrosite and silver ring from her signature collection, US$495 (also available in agate, in various shapes). Check out her site for other cool accessories, including belt buckles for men and women.
I went to Maui last weekend, yay! But it was pouring rain, boo! The silver lining in this case is that it inspired me to find the cloud ring pictured at left. By Tiny Armour, it goes for US$78; you can also get it with a glass (US$90) or sapphire (US$120) gem detail. Now, if only this Princess Tina necklace were available as a ring!
Studio 1am revels in using unconventional materials to make intriguing jewellery. The Jou Jou series, for instance, deconstructs shampoo bottles! Pictured here is a ring from Donna Piacenza's Plya collection, which combines wood with aluminum so that the negative space in the wood becomes the aluminum gem. Your choice of walnut or beech with standard or magenta aluminum, US$38.
Born-and-raised Berliners Ulrike Sauer and Wolfram Beyer design jewellery and other objects under the moniker Freudama & Sodele. One of my favourite pieces is the graviesling ring (158€, pictured at left). It comes in your choice of a leaf, bird or diamond laser engraving, but the diamond is my favourite because, in their words, it's the "answer to everybody who thinks a precious ring needs a precious stone." Thanks to Erik, who emailed me about their cool acrylic rings like the double-sided "fingerguest" ring shown here, 118€.
Yes, that's a Darth Vader ring, but don't run away just yet bear with me and we'll move away from the cinematic theme in a second. I just wanted to point out this site and its cool collection of Star Wars, Terminator and other sci-fi/comic jewellery. I mean, a Jar Jar Binks ring? It's the perfect gift for when you just want to say, "I hate you." Plus, that pendant of Han Solo frozen in carbonite is kinda funny. (Product navigation is at the bottom of every page.)
If your daily life is a bit more grounded in reality, Individual Icons might be to your liking. They make wearable pieces out of compasses, rulers, thermometers, levels and other hardware. The compass ring pictured here is the smallest of three styles and goes for US$79.
The third X-Men movie is filming around town and, while I haven't run into Wolverine yet, I did come across this fairly comprehensive collection of superhero rings. I'm not a comic aficionado and have no idea who many of these characters are (Fantasma who?), but I must say I was excited to see an old childhood favourite among the mix The Transformers! All rings sterling silver, US$75.
Quebec-based jeweller Pamela Coulston of Disegno Jewellery creates some very interesting rings like the "vertebrae" ring pictured here! What a cool piece for a chiropractor, doctor, or pretty much anybody who owns a spine. 18k white gold with yellow gold ridges, CAD$1,850 (which, these days, is about the same as US$1,850). Be sure to go through all the pages of her collections.
I've been making my own glass rings lately (so much fun!) and yesterday, I listed some of my practice rings in the shop because I'm running out of space over here! Thanks to those of you who picked one or more up. I hope I can keep improving and offer better pieces in the future!
Australia's Koukii Designs was established by jeweller Adina Jozsef in 1999 (sample ring pictured at right). Her style is fluid but geometric; the combination of bright colours and metal reminds me a lot of Swatch jewellery. Speaking of Swatch, I love their latest collection! Their "moon illusion" (pictured here) and "never ends" rings are among my favourites. To view the whole line, visit Swatch.com, click on the blue "Fall-Winter 2005 Collection" graphic in the bottom left, then "bijoux," then "rings." (Sigh... when will people stop building sites entirely in Flash?) There are also some more styles in their shop.
Thanks to fashion lords pushing the Victorian look this season, cameos have been gaining popularity. Well, if "vintage" were a trendy concept in the 19th century, perhaps this cameo ring would've been the latest must-have item. This Italian hardstone cameo of Nereid, Achilles and the Tritons is circa 1580 but was set as a ring sometime in the 1800s. Price? Somewhere in the US$12,000 range. More beautiful rings from as far back as the 3rd century can be found at lesenluminures.com.
Check out today's Daily Candy for a great idea on what to do with that ring when you no longer want it.
Yes, that's a ring! Peter D'Aquino creates pieces that are, perhaps, the opposite of the organic aesthetic (ironic, as he's a former garden designer) but I love them just as much! Prepare to be awed by his inventive collection of what I can only describe as mechanical rings. It's an extravaganza of interconnectedness! Be sure to click the "drawings" link to view his design sketches as well.
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