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February 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

While most rings are content to sit on your fingers and look pretty, these super keen overachievers do double duty as the windows on a house or the acorns on a tree. California artist Lydia Tjioe incorporates her jewellery into clay displays, creating rings that are not only wearable and sculptural, they're sculptures, period.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Scandalous! What's the street price on this ring made of the white stuff — you know, porcelain? "Nuit blanche" ring by Geneva- based Colombian artist Lucia Moure. Below, some of her wood and silver "potion" rings with removable stoppers:

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I try really hard to limit the food comparisons on this blog but, sometimes, I just gotta throw in the dishtowel. Yes, rings, you look just like tasty noodles and calamari — are you happy now? Sculptural rings cooked up by England's Michael Carberry.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No-frills frills: lace gets a hard edge when cast in metal. Pictured above are rings by Japan's Saya Hibino (top), San Francisco's Masami Kelly (rows 2 and 3) and UK jeweller Rachel Watson of Code (bottom).

Here's another by Tel Aviv's Inbal Bittan.

And here's two more. These rings by London's Lily Gardner feature lace set on mirrors.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Last Monday, it was dentistry. This Monday, on "When Medical Procedures and Jewellery Collide," we have surgery. Skeletal Metal, based in Las Vegas, takes stainless steel reconstruction plates used in orthopaedic surgery and shapes them into jewellery (for outside the body). Available with ("ReCon") or without ("PreCon") screw holes.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Perfectly simple. Rings in silver and semiprecious tubes by Germany's Felicitas Seidler, aka Felicious. More of her work below:

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Petr Dvorak must be an employee of the fabled Department of Redundancy Department. Who knew they were based in Austria and that their chief mission was awesome metalsmithing? Visit his site for geometric jewellery, the bronze finger ring pictured above and interesting vessels like this:

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Vaguely futuristic and definitely cool, these rings were designed by Germany's Hagen Gamisch.

Here's another piece of chunky crystal that's at least futuristic by name: the "starship" ring, literally receiving the white-glove treatment, by New York's AbraxasRex (Paris Cain).

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I like to think of these rings as exorcised wine gums: all the bright colours and iniviting shapes, minus the pork-derived gelatin, malic acid and artificial flavourings. Yay! Resin "Capri" rings, US$104, by San Francisco's Tina Frey.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Bridging the gap (look, puns!) between dentistry and jewellery is the "Fountain of Wisdom" ring in cast oxidized silver with, yes, the artist's own wisdom tooth. That artist? Ireland's Eily O'Connell. Below, more of her gorgeous rings with cold enamel and hand-cut gems and glass:

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Friday, February 13, 2009

This "First Date" ring by England's Daisy Morrison is stamped with "Fly to Paris" on the inside... which sounds extravagant, until you realize they're birds, so it's not like they're buying airline tickets. If anything, it's quite the aerobic undertaking, especially if they're carrying their own luggage, and they're likely to arrive exhausted and sweaty. Birds don't sweat, you say? I would submit that there are far greater appeals to suspension of disbelief in this scenario.

Anyway, moving along...


Clockwise from top left: pink acrylic by Germany's SupaRina, loopy and floating hearts by Jean Christophe of Paris, brushed sterling by Pierrette Ashcroft (aka Brown Dog Designs) of Washington, DC, and 18k "love" ring with diamond by Japan's Foppish. Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

I was halfway through writing a post about how, heeeeyy, it's almost as if these rings were meant to represent WINTER and SUMMER, amirite? And then I noticed the collections were named "winterschlaf" and "sommernachtstraum." So, iamrite but, also, iamslow. Rings in rabbit fur and Swarovski crystal beads by Swiss jeweller Sara Anja Spalinger Muttner of Schmucke Dinge Spa.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rabbit-and-crosshammers is the new skull-and-crossbones. Pass it on. These badass bunnies are the brainchild(ren) of Thai jeweller The Apple Tree, whose pieces are cute and whimsical — but with the right amount of edge. From the faucet ear cuff to the giant cake bangle, this tree is full of must-see pieces. Do yourself a favour and check it out!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

House rings, I've seen. Floorplan rings with vivid colours and grand balconies, evocative of breezy Mediterranean villas — now that's something new. In "Las Casitecturas," Spanish jeweller Silvia Walz turns architectural layouts into wearable art. The rooms symbolize memories, while the walls symbolize safety; these rings (and brooches, also pictured above) are, for her, protective amulets.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

It's the stuff of Pan's Labyrinthian nightmares... and I mean that in the best way possible. The unisex "Precious Creatures" collection by London's Zoë Catherine Kendall is a menagerie of fine silver critters with coloured glass eyeballs. If you don't like being watched, her "Rough Cut" series has similar rings with raw cut stones instead of eyes.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Do not be alarmed if you have a sudden urge to pet these rings and feed them apples. The colourful fibers are actually woven horsehair, a traditional Chilean craft. Returning to Chile after a seven-year stint in Barcelona, designer Daniela Gloger decided to reconnect with her cultural roots and, along with Jimena Bravo, started creating jewellery as Fiel Complementos — a name chosen to reflect their fealty to their South American homeland.


Above, a few more horsehair rings from ONA, a gallery of Andean artisanal work.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

More ribbon rings today, this time in the form of lace-up corsets by Vienna's Claire Karó.


For a more subtle variation on those bright laces, check out these threaded brass rings by Lushbella of Kansas City. Available in silk, gossamer, mohair, cotton or chenille thread in a variety of colours.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

These rings are poetry for your fingers! I'm not being cheesy, I'm being literal. Each piece of grosgrain ribbon is embroidered with part of a poem, the full text of which is printed on a postcard that comes with the ring. Available in an alphappropriate 26 colours, they're by Germany's Martin Wittwer.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another day, another double-ring. And this one really packs a punch — or a "kaboom," I should say. Also available in "pow" or plain, and in single-finger versions, these playful pieces are by San Francisco's HomeRoom Clothing.


If you buy comics for the pictures, not the sound effects, here's a pictographic kaboom. The "Bomb and Diamonds" ring by Wes Airgood of Athens, Georgia features an onyx flip-top, booby-trapped.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

If yesterday was Serpent Day (which it was), that means today is February 2nd (which is 2/2), and that means it's the perfect day for these double-finger snake rings by New York's Pamela Love.


Above: a second helping of double-finger rings. These stunning art pieces by Bellingham, Washington's Nanz Aalund are based on tarot cards (read her descriptions for more detail); the fleur-de- lys "Emperor" ring (top left) spans four fingers!

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