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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The ring-lover in me wants to get at that jewellery — but the glass-lover in me can't bear to smash the hollow cocoon. What would you do? Would you break it?

I think it's only fair to let another piece of jewellery make the decision:

Above: glass cocoons and rings (including that spiral ring, which extends half a metre!) by French artist Agathe Saint-Girons and flippable yes/no ring by La Mome Bijou (also of France), who specializes in comic-book-style speech bubble jewellery.

Bonus link: here's a ring that would make perfect sense inside a cocoon. Silver cicada from the "superfly" collection of New York's Alex Streeter.

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Thursday, July 30, 2008

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Pictured above: "flow" ring with movable setting by Andreas Lehmann and Claudia Schmedding of Germany.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

These rings are boss — but kind of bossy, too. "Do or Die" aquamarine ring by New York-based Svenja Timme-Bastian (also soon to be found at Do or Die Design) and "Be" ring trio by Dutch designer Martijn Homan of label h.

Bonus link: recycled metal and bead rings by bossily-named Be Clever (aka Marzia Chierichetti, an Italian living in Kenya).

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Awesome: a sleek silver ring. Also awesome: tasty little candies. Awesome, squared: a sleek silver ring specifically designed to contain tasty little candies.

Awesome to a degree heretofore unparalleled and possibly dangerous: an accompanying piece to use as a shot glass for ingesting said candies from said ring (as demonstrated below). Who's responsible for all this awe? Awe-stralian jeweller Rhonda Dwyer.

Bonus link: for more candy-filled rings, check out UK shop VooDoo Pickle; this heart-shaped sprinkles ring is £4.50.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Had the web been around in the '80s, I could've been blogging on my Commodore 64. Of course, all the photos would look identical, as the low-res screen struggled to approximate a circle using 25 giant pixels or fewer — kind of like these silver and acrylic rings by London's Lo-tec.

Bonus link: want hi-tech instead? The "Remember Ring" heats up to remind you of important dates! Useful even if you're not the "forgetful husband" it's meant for. Concept by Alaska Jewelry.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

One third romance and two thirds whimsy (it's true, I measured it), London's Zoe Arnold creates jewellery that tells a story. Specifically, that story would be the one told in "Several Sharp Sentences on a Moon Lost Night," the poem upon which the rings are based. The gold and quartz fly ring is titled "Open Windows with Absent Views," while the cameo and quartz piece is "The Glint from a Frosty Breath."

Bonus link: this "Drink Me" ring by Brazil's Lívia Canuto is one of her pieces based on a more famous story: Alice in Wonderland. Lots of great work on her site! (Click "entra" instead of "enter" to view.)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

There's enough metal here to make a solid, chunky ring, but Germany's Ines Schwotzer does the unexpected and makes stainless steel look light and airy. Rather than rings, these knotted pieces are more like wire frame suggestions of rings.

Above: more wire frame rings — this time in gold, aquamarine and fire opal — from another German jeweller, Jenny Henze. My favourite is below:

Bonus link: if you're looking for more knotted work, Golden Knots (Florida's Loren Damewood) will keep you occupied for a good, long time.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

While the garage might not be the place for your finest jewellery, these weighty hunks of metal by Germany's Beate Eismann would fit right in. She calls them an "artistic application of industrial construction." Which beats my description, "lug-nutty."

Bonus link: for somewhat industrial jewellery that's a bit more refined, turn to St. Louis jeweller Peg Fetter; pictured is her blackened steel ring with gold screw.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Do not — I repeat, do NOT — attempt to play cat's cradle while wearing this ring. This thread and metal piece by Detroit's Arnold Patrick Martin is from his fabulous "tension structure" series, in which he explores geometry and proportion.

Bonus link: this ring also knows a thing or two about tension — it's made of guitar wire! See more, including wires from violins and pianos, at Minnesota's Strings and a Dare.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

If you do go with yesterday's break-apart engagement ring, this felt and diamond wedding ring should protect from those jagged porcelain edges. Piece by Washington, DC-based Jimin Park, whose gallery is full of beautiful work. Here's another sampling:

Bonus link: for another non-traditional wedding ring, check out this "caged" gold band by London's Mah Rana.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Want to get married? Break things off! These porcelain pieces, when broken apart, become engagement rings. (As an added bonus, Kit Kat bars make delicious wedding favours.) Concept by Dutch product designer Frederik Roijé.

Bonus link: Tokyo's &design also makes break-apart jewellery. These sets, from their "Borders" series, are fashioned after plastic model kits.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I've had an enfrazzling last few days but just one look at these soothingly simple designs and all is calm again. For that, I have English jeweller Laura Creer to thank; pictured are her silver and resin "cell" rings.

Bonus link: check out Portland, Oregon's Melissa Stiles — aka Stubborn WORKS — for a similar style, also in inlaid resin.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bringing scribbling to an art form: silver and coloured steel cable from Argentina's Lucila Albert (above, top) and matte silver wire from Toronto-based Patrycja Zwierzynska (above, bottom).

Bonus link: more scribbles! These playful messes of silver circles are by German jeweller Annette Lechler.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

I love the etheral quality of these pieces by Anna Lorich. The New York artist references both a variety of themes (childhood, history, symbolism, etc.) and collected objects (textiles, coins, miniatures, etc.) in her work, often using portraiture and landscape imagery to create "intimate keepsakes of moments and memories."

Bonus link: also referencing landscapes is San Francisco's Kirsten Muenster, who uses stones like Montana agate to create "wearable landscapes."

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Friday, July 11, 2008

But it is a ring! Meant to be worn between the fingers, this boro glass piece is from the "weights:balance" series by Kalamazoo, Michigan's Caroline Gore.

These pieces (above) aren't quite what they seem, either. Yes, they're rings — but no, they aren't quartz. Can you guess what they're made of? Designed by Japan's Yoko Ueda, the "gems" are actually... hairs trapped in acrylic.

Bonus link: here's some fur that isn't pretending to be anything but! Ring by Quebec's Josée Desjardins (naked version also available).

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monthy Python's Spanalot! These wide-span rings brought to you by [clockwise from top] Hungary's Regina Kaintz (red steel wire), Belgium's Siegfried De Buck (gold and steel), Regina Kaintz again (blue steel wire), Spain's Núria Aventin (silver) and Dutch jeweller Liesbeth Busman's "A Simple Line" series (14k gold).

Bonus link: Simone Haag of Germany also has a collection of rings designed to hang over more than just one finger.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tomasz Donocik has a flair for the dramatic. The London-based Austrian jeweller gives his nod to old-world decadence, resulting in fabulous pieces like the silver tower ring, above. Below are his pentagon "star" ring in gold and quartz and the leather ball "tree ring," for wearing betwixt the fingers.

Bonus link: for Austrian jewellery that's decidedly more 2008, check out Trash Design Manufactury, which hires the long-term-unemployed and people with disabilities to recycle used electronic devices.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Czech is Greek to me but judging by the product shot beside a car windshield and the fact that the collection is named "Crash," I'm guessing these rings are made with glass fragments. They're by Markéta Lisá, a Czech artist who sometimes collaborates with name-twin Markéta Richterová (whom I wrote about in April; their joint site is here). The former Markéta's site can be a tad confusing to navigate but the array of eclectic work makes hunting all the more fun. For an overview, you can cheat over to this page, though it's not comprehensive. Below, some more of her rings:

Bonus link: this ring may have started with glass fragments but England's Lauren Barnes fused them into a formidable tower of colourful stripes, set in silver.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Today is lucky 7/7 — and I bet the Vegas slot machines are extra busy. If you're looking for that winning advantage, try boosting your luck by donning one of these casino-themed pieces from Gamblers Jewels. Who knows? The one-armed bandit just might reward you for your style. (The collection is by Germany's Andreas Zidek, whom I also wrote about a couple of years ago.)

Bonus link: for a more subtle "bar" ring, try this band from Brooklyn's Jennifer Kellogg. Also shown are the "casino" bracelets.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Some Fourth of July fireworks for the Americans out there, courtesy of Sweden's Annika Hauser. Enjoy your weekend!

Bonus link: in keeping with the Fourth of July spirit, here's a burger ring by Texas metalsmith Kristin Freeman, thoughtfully pre-bitten for you.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

If you woke up today craving some modern metalsmithing from Argentina, you're in luck! Check out Soledad Kussrow (above) and Helena Rezenda (below).

Bonus link: one more from the Argentinian archives: silver "precious stone" ring by Buenos Aires jeweller Tamara Lisenberg.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Since I focussed on Canada yesterday, I thought I'd go with my Japanese side today. Specifically, my dainty, Japanese, claw- setting side. Above, top: antique rhinestone ring by Cornu (also available in red, white and yellow). Middle: Dutch glass asterisk cabs from andante* (left) and blue topaz ring by Mariko Yamashita of imago. Bottom: "pebble" rings by Niiichini (left) and Swarovski crystal rings by citron.

Bonus link: wrap-around ring with glass stones, each in its own claw setting, by Japan's Frapbois (available in clear, pink and green).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 1st is Canada Day, so... guess what? I'm going to post rings by some fellow Canadians! I know, you're like, "How did she come up with such an amazing idea?" I can't explain it but I think it must be something in this Canadian water. Anyhoo...

Top row: spray paint "graff cap" ring and interlocking "play, pause, record" ring from the "Soundpieces" collection by Danielle Crampsie. Middle: slide-like anodized niobium rings by Tarah Zaczyk of Crush Lane. The two-finger rock crystal piece on the right is letter-punched with the words, "This Is Your Lucky Gemstone Today." Bottom row: "Pilo-pilo" cushion rings for the resting of the face, by Ming Lo and Sae Shigeto of Downstairs Studio.

Bonus link: he may not be Canadian but UK jeweller Thomas Nayler has a graffiti-centric collection that should get together with the graff cap ring above.

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