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April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This ring by any other name would not be as sweet: silicone "Blop" ring by Germany's Alessandra Pizzini.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In honour of the one-week anniversary of Earth Day 2008, here's the heart-warming story of how a grass ring is made when it's made by La Bague Gazon of France. This particular model, in porcelain with platinated rim, is €100.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

In case you're wondering, no, I'm not above making a lame "three-ring circus" joke. Yuk yuk. (Nevermind that it's technically four rings...) Lions, elephants and flaming hoops by Japan's e.m. — you'll find this collection in drawer #13.

Below, clear acrylic rings with embedded objects from their newest collection and black & white plastic cameos from their "tiptoe" line:

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Friday, April 25, 2008

This is great. I need more rings that remind me to do those things I'm supposed to do but always put off, like check the air in my tires (watch out for those nails!). Maybe, if I ask nicely, Germany's Berit Rother will do a "flip the mattress" piece for me, too. Check out her site for lots of other styles, like these gnarled branches:

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Changing gears from yesterday, let's revel in some minimalism. German minimalism, to be precise. Pictured above: U-rings by Daniela Schwaag of Idar-Oberstein (Germany's gemstone capital) and pearl rings by Munich's Isabella Hund.

France just called me, feeling left out, so here's a "constellation" ring by Mathilde Seguin of Paris:

Now Portugal's emailing me with pouty emoticons. Ok, Portugal, here's some minimalist work by your Ana Albuquerque of Meet Jewelry:

All right, that's it. Rest of western Europe, I'll have to get to you some other day.

By the way, if you're interested in indie crafts, check out Indiefixx! Jen Wallace of Wilmington, NC runs a great, informative blog with weekly features such as an interview series. Thanks to Jen for inviting me to be this week's subject! (If you read the interview: for the record, I know someone who claims that egg thing DID happen to her, and with a free range egg, which is what I buy. Eep.)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Who knew nylon could be so... natural? Inspired by nature and botanical structures, England's Nora Fok creates incredible pieces of jewellery out of nylon filaments, using only her hands and basic tools. Unsurprisingly, her complicated pieces often take weeks to bloom — just like nature. More below:

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

So, basically, Germany's Nils Schmalenbach etches photos onto metal and then attaches them to these foldy, pentagony sheets. The resulting rings are much more elegant than the preceding sentence.

Below, for some reason, a glimpse at what life would be like without Nils Schmalenbach (from his album):

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Shannon Kennedy and Juan Bohorquez of Kitchener, Ontario's Cynosure Jewelry "strive to expand the realm of what is normally considered jewellery." This case of rings is a case in point: in "City Scape," the jewellery becomes inseparable from its display as the collection as a whole is labelled a "wall installation."

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Friday, April 18, 2008

How many rings can fit in a flat clamshell box?




Six and counting. The black rubber "practical ring set" — which comes with assembly instructions and is also available in white silicone — is just one of many designs from Germany's UBO (by Ursula Bonderer).

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Some more insect-inspired rings, this time from Portland, Oregon's Catherine Chandler. Her "wing," "antennae" and "larvae" rings are based on the Bathurst Copper butterfly, an endangered species native to a small area in New South Wales, Australia (where she studied for four years).

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We go from frogs to frog food — insects, that is. The drama in these pieces is no accident: London-based, Irish-born Jonathan William Anderson studied at the Actor's Studio (where he discovered a love for stage costumes), is influenced by the "sinister" in literature and has a lifelong fascination with Elizabeth I. In these striking rings, "a normally eerie insect is embalmed and becomes a natural jewel," resulting in jewellery filled with "grandeur and heaviness."

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

If you think these frogs are interesting, wait 'til you see the pigs! Visit the wonderful glass menagerie of Sweden's Moa Andersson.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

As promised on Friday, here's another Czech jeweller who tingles my synapses. Above and below, rings from Prague's Anna Steinerová.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

I like to pace myself when it comes to posting my favourite jewellers but, sometimes, I can't stop myself from sneaking in an extra one or two — especially when they can be linked in some way, such as the two designers I have in mind now, who are both from the Czech Republic. Today, though, let's go one at a time. First off is Markéta Richterová, who creates bold pieces in carbon, acrylic, crystal and silver (and even ice). Pictured up top is a ring from her "organic" collection (below it, because I couldn't resist, is a pair of earrings). Tune in next week for designer number two!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hardware, made pretty, by Japan's Chave.

Below, more chain rings: silver handcuffs by Dinh Van of France and gold chains by Iwona Ludyga of New York.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I'm guessing Mirla Fernandes never coloured within the lines as a kid. This ring — all two to three feet of it — is from the Brazilian artist's "Longing for the Body" series, a collection of latex pieces meant to be "completed by the user."

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

As much as I'm still drooling over yesterday's colours, white isn't so bad, itself. Top: dental plaster rings by Finland's Mia Maljojoki; bottom: carved alabaster by Mexican jeweller Graciela Fuentes of Tirana (based in New York).

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Monday, April 7, 2008

I love these faceted chunks of bright resin so much, I just don't have the words. I may have to resort to interpretive dance. These latest faves of mine are by Vibe Harsløf, the Danish designer behind Fafafa.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Artfully unpolished arrangements of green grass, red thread and silver — simply pleasing work brought to you by Germany's Claudia Rinneberg.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Ah, Spirograph. I always managed to ruin my designs with a single jerky pen stroke (those darn plastic cogs!) but I bet Teri Howes's drawings turned out perfectly every time. Now, the trained graphic artist translates those designs into fabulous silver jewellery, like this "spirograph" ring (above, right). Also pictured is a ring from her "urban jungle" line; be sure to view the rest of that range and her other collections, as well! If you're in London (like the artist), see them in person at the Tate Modern.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Getting married? In the next few minutes? If you don't have time for pesky details like getting your ring sized, French designer Benjamin Lignel has the perfect solution: instant wedding rings! Just open the pack, pull out a strip and twist the ring before you tie the knot. Like so:

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sculpting is just one of Caroline Bacher's artistic talents, and it's no surprise when you look at the Toronto artist's range of silver jewellery. My favourites are these vaguely vascular and rib-ular pieces above. (I know, I know, the word is "costal." But it should be "ribular." Don't fight it.)

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