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Friday, November 28, 2008    
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What better gift for a layered, colourful person than a layered, colourful ring? And if that person also happens to be translucent, all the more appropriate! Albeit medically peculiar! Rings in polypropylene, rubber and silver by Northern Ireland's Rachel McKnight.


Bonus link: here's another translucent plastic ring (single layer only) by London jeweller Natasha Heaslip.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008    
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A Rooster with legs made of Rusty nails? Friendly Giant, this one's for you. Ring by Denmark's Marie Bonfils.


Bonus link: here's another ring that brings about some childhood memories: LEGO (or "bricks," if you'd rather not be sued) ring by Germany's Inkarma.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008    
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I'm pretty sure I've seen spheres before. And I'm pretty sure these are spheres. So why do I feel like I'm looking at something new? I don't know how she does it but UK jeweller Jed Green takes a ubiquitous shape and makes it her own with these planetary rings in glass, pearls and silver.


Bonus link: if planetary is your thing, you might also like the silver "in orbit" ring by New York's Sprout Jewelry (US$32).

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008    
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Awooga? Slovak designer Annamária Kovaľová has a series of rings and necklaces featuring this large knob form — a shape reminiscent of those old-timey car horns. I don't think they're squeezable, though, as they look to be made of resin (but that's just a guess, and I hate to make an ess out of u and g). Below, some more samples of her work:


Bonus link: for hand-forged rings with bits of actual horn (the non-awooga kind), see Brooklyn's Asha Beta (Nicomis Blalock).

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Monday, November 24, 2008    
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Destroying books is sacrilege! But creating rings is... whatever the opposite of sacrilege is! I'm torn... like the pages of this book! While my mind runs in an infinite loop, please enjoy the work of British artist Betty Pepper, who creates jewellery using aged and faded textiles that she feels are "constantly in a state of deterioration."


Bonus link: for a ring covered in words of your own choosing (perhaps from your favourite book), get a customized text ring from Millemo of France.

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Friday, November 21, 2008    
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I knew Cracker Jacks came with a prize, but asparagus? New York-based Italian jeweller Patrizia Iacino saw the potential in those rubber bands that hold your produce together, recycling them into eye-catching pieces like this ring from her SAL collection (above).

Visit her site Globalcoolo for more, including milk caps, bottle caps and this ring cast from a contact lens case. (Which I guess makes it more lens-catching than eye-catching.)


Bonus link: for more jewellery featuring found objects, like this ring made from roofing, check out Rhode Island's Gwen Oulman Brennan.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008    
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Parkades and smokestacks may have given metal and concrete a bad name but Israel's Hadas Shaham is here to change all that. Defying the cold, industrial style you might expect from a line of concrete jewellery, her pieces are architectural with a pretty flourish — little pieces of paved paradise that even Joni Mitchell might appreciate.


Bonus link: speaking of architecture, check out this piece by Colorado's Natasha Seedorf. It's her "cat lady" ring, which would explain why there's hair coming out of the windows.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008    
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Here's a bird with some special stuffing.


Spot the ring?


Ring with stomach and intestines (in glass, pearls and silver) from "Bird with Organs" by Belgian metalsmith Nathalie Perneel. (There was a heart, too, but that went to a bracelet.)


Bonus link: if you prefer your birds gutless and heartless, see this cute ring by England's Nuada Accessories.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008    
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I was going to say something about the gorgeous "clouds" collection by Jahyun Rita Baek but I swear this ring hypnotized the thoughts right out of my head. So... soothing...

Above, a more colourful piece from the London jeweller, who's become my latest favourite.


Bonus link: these rings by Ramei Keum, another Korean designer, have cut-outs meant to leave tanlines on your finger in the shape of a cross.

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Monday, November 17, 2008    
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Gesundheit! In her "Waveform" series, Brooklyn's Sakurako Shimizu records human sounds (like a sneeze or a giggle), runs the data through some editing software and lasercuts the resulting soundwave into her jewellery — the ultimate in personalized patterns. The first photo is actually a cuff but the second is a pair of wedding bands based on a recording of the words "I do." (For a similar concept, see these EKG rings.)


Bonus link: don't like the sound — or wave pattern — of your own voice? Train your ears on some "musical rings" instead. By Hong Kong's Jenny Lau.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008    
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Weekend quickie: I normally don't post the same designer more than once but I get to cheat in this case because of a name change! Philadelphia's Rust Belt, whom I listed last year as one of my "even more jewellery" non-ring links, is now Bario Neal — and they now sell rings, like these enamel pieces, US$53.

Friday, November 14, 2008    
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You can have your E=mc2 — it takes real genius to make me want to wear a wine goblet embedded in concrete. Germany's Kathleen Hennemann puts a modern edge on old-world motifs, resulting in an amazing collection. More samples below but be sure to visit her site to see it all!


Bonus link: if you object to that linked gun ring above, here are some linked arms of a more peaceful sort. By Colorado's Justin Klocke.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008    
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I've heard of people matching their ring to their manicure but to do it the other way around? That deserves a slow clap.

All rings above by French jeweller Adeline Cacheux, queen of tangled chains.


Bonus link: with all that attention on your nails, you'll want to keep them nice and groomed with the nail file "rasp ring" by Germany's Formfieber.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008    
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These rings aren't the only ironic thing in YunJu Lee's collection. Check out the UK designer's site for a playful celebration of those accidental accessories we've all worn at one time or another: stains.


Bonus link: sticking with irons, here's a band engraved with laundry instructions (ironing allowed) by Manuel Charpenet of France.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008    
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I wonder if this means he loves enoki mushrooms as much as I do. Ringless rings by David Sandu.


Above, more from the Romanian jeweller, who's also known as Kata Design.


Bonus link: for a somewhat simliar geometric style, check out the squares and circles of Germany's Eckhard Adler.

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Monday, November 10, 2008    
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Halifax jeweller Catherine Allen proves that you can wear a pretty piece of polyester. Pictured are rings in polyester, cotton, silver, copper and enamel from her "emotional outburst" and "common threads" series.

Above: two from her "circulation" series with silicone tubing.


Bonus link: some more silicone rings, mixed with dye, glass powder and fine precious metals, by Switzerland's Caroline Friedli.

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Friday, November 7, 2008    
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Every cloud — and building — has a silver lining in the hands of Kansas metalsmith Mollie Kathleen. I love how she turns a dense cluster of skyscrapers into something light and airy! Here's an aerial view of her map & airplane ring:


Bonus link: another metalsmith making silver cloud outline rings (stackable, in this case) is Calgary's Gillian Hillerud.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008    
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Before this turns into White Ring Week, here's a pair of brightly coloured cigar band rings, encased in acrylic, from Germany's Julia Behrend.

Above, customized cigar bands in gold by Florida's Bands o' Gold (Jack Weinraub).


Bonus link: Eugene, Oregon's David Wagner doesn't make cigar band rings — but he does have what looks like a cigar burn ring.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008    
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These rings could save your life! Much more stylish than bulky life vests are these resin "buoy" rings by England's Faye Miller. Okay, so they might not be enough to keep a human afloat, but I'm sure they'd catch the attention of any rescue helicopter. More samples below:


Bonus link: for balls in metal, see Rhode Island jeweller Erica Zap; this sterling piece, available in matte or shiny finish, is US$44.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008    
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Clogs! The wearing kind, not the plumbing kind — though Amsterdam's Anke Akerboom does offer a human hair necklace if you're into that.


For a more subtle way to go Dutch, check out these architectural tulip rings from London-based Mayza João.


Bonus link: here's another tulip ring by the Netherlands' Janna Ambags, who makes all sorts of sculptural jewellery in black leather.

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Monday, November 3, 2008    
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Ask most people to turn a piece of paper into a dozen rings and they'll cut twelve long strips, curling them into bands. Obviously, London's Tithirut Kutchamuch isn't most people. These "all year rings" come as a flat sheet but once you cut out and fold, you get twelve rings representing each of the monthly birth flowers, from carnation down to orchid. Also available in birthday card format! Rings made in collaboration with Nutre Arayavanish, whom I mentioned briefly here.


Bonus link: for paper jewellery that's been pre-made for you, see appropriately-named Papier Schmuck by Germany's Katrin Enstrup.

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