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December 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

This will be a hectic weekend for many, so here's some soothing minimalism to calm those nerves. Above: stainless steel by Germany's Grellpastell (Gabriele Kunze).


Brushed silver by Amsterdam's Adorno (Marike Hauser & Suscha Bermond).


Oxidized silver (and a touch of rose gold) by Minneapolis' EC Design (Emily Catherine Johnson).

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Some frosty rings for the frosty weather. Above: streamlined acrylic by UK jeweller Amanda Mansell, inspired by the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Below, frosted crystal by Germany's Esther Ackermann.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Can you believe it's been 16 years since Clinton chose briefs? Now, thanks to modern technology jewellery, you can wear both at once.

All rings above by Philadelphia's Aliyah Gold.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The problem with concord grapes and pomegranates — my favourite fruit — are the dry-cleaning bills; unless you eat them in a stainless steel kitchen wearing a stainless steel suit, you'll be scrubbing a juice splotch at one point or another. Well, here's one way to enjoy them without involving detergent: cluster rings, reminiscent (to me, at least) of those fruit, by Donna Brennan. The London jeweller arranges gemstones and settings in unconventional ways to subvert "the clichéd visual language of traditional jewellery." More of her rings below:


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Monday, December 15, 2008

I think a lot of people still envision Canada as looking like some scene out of March of the Penguins, only with fewer beaks. But really, it's just Toronto and Edmonton where they live in igloos and ride beaver-pulled toboggans to work; Vancouver is quite temperate and snow is always an event. So, in honour of this past weekend's snowfall, here are some snowdome rings by New York's Szofita (aka Sophie Tari). If you like curiosities, especially cabinets of them, you're in for a treat.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Let's close out the week with sculptural flower rings by Michelle Pujol. She claims to be from South Africa, but I know a resident of an enchanted bougainvillea garden when I see one. More of her rings below:

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Some colour therapy for a chilly, drizzly week by Chile's possibly- drizzly Nicolás Hernández.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Artful boxes and etched signet rings by Toronto's Margaret Lim, whose pieces are infused with a sense of personal history.


Speaking of boxes, check out England's Anastasia Young and her rings inspired by clock and music box mechanisms.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lovely birds-of-paradise, damasks and florals adorn these rings by UK jeweller Ann-Marie Colquhoun, who prints her graphics right onto the silver. Does this mean my laserjet has a "jewellery" setting I'm unaware of? Because there are, I counted, 55 buttons on that Brother MFC® and the only one I've ever pushed is "shift," and that was just once, by accident.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

I am in desperate need of extra hours in the day. Maybe, if I removed all the world's cogs from all the world's clocks, time would stop and let me get some work done. That's what the unicorn under my bed tells me, anyway. Doing their part to help me out are Oregon's Brenna Zedan with her cast acrylic cog ring (top) and Amsterdam's Suzan Hidding with her "mechanical garden" rings in silver (bottom).

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Friday, December 5, 2008

What's green, associated with China, and used to make jewellery? That's right: kiwi. In her "Fruitful Fungi" series, England's Alena Joy uses dried kiwi skins alongside metal, enamel and nylon "spores" in her exploration of decomposing fruit. More of her work below:

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

These rings are powerful, electrifying and a whole host of other terrible puns. I'm not sure if those powerlines can carry a current but that filament really is charged and producing actual electric light! These fabulous sculptural rings are by Jeroen Redel, a Dutch designer. Garden designer, as a matter of fact. (To view the rings, once you visit his site, choose "sculptuur" from the bottom of the menu.) More of his jewellery below:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

'Tis the season to eat Ferrero Rocher and Portugal's Leonor Hipólito knows just what to do with all those foil wrappers. Pictured are rings from her "Praline" collection (though the necklaces are my favourite). Her site is worth revisiting every few weeks, as the featured collection is always changing!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm convinced that global warming is also somehow connected to global time acceleration. How else to explain that it's already December? Of 2008? While I brace myself for a bombardment of green and red, as is customary in this part of the world in this part of the year, here's some green and red I'm glad to see: "light receptor" rings by Italy's Gualti.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

If these rings look familiar, you may remember my post about Robert Dodd and his handmade antique celluloid rings. Sadly, Mr. Dodd passed away at his home in Illinois on November 25th, 2008, two weeks after his 91st birthday. He loved the fact that so many people were able to enjoy his rings via this website, so thank you to everyone who admired him and his work. (If this is your first time coming across this artist, read about his process here.)





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