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February 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010


Friday's a good day for some Random Pluckings from my Bookmarks!

"Duality" ring in silver and cane by Georgia's Ashley Warsaw.


Enamel and cable rings by Germany's Luise Neugebauer.


Haunting antique photo rings by Australia's Shauna Mayben.


"Rocky" rings by Poland's Filip Jackowski.


Black gold with diamonds by Denmark's Jytte Kloeve.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

These exuberant acrylic "sea anemones" aren't even the most interesting pieces on her site. That would be the wooden walking cane that she turned into a necklace. A walking cane! Into a necklace! Welcome to the mind of Germany's Mareile Tinzmann.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Petal paroxysm: German artist Nora Rochel breaks away from the "old fashioned," "sentimental" and "naive" aspect of flowers, exploring instead their visual complexity. No pink posies here! The results are mesmerizing.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010



These rings bring to mind that Steven Wright joke: "I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body — only two inches taller." Silicone finger rings by Oregon artist Elizabeth Yates, featuring replicas of her own digits — life-sized, not two inches longer.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

If he doesn't already, Jacek Byczewski really ought to take up snowboarding, because he's got a great sense of balance. The Polish jeweller artfully straddles the line between traditional and new, creating diamond rings that feel classic but are never, ever ordinary.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

With all these competitive athletes in town, I've got gold and silver on the mind. Above: lovely, understated rings by Japan's Taketomi.


More gold and silver from London's Daisy Knights.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Considering his design aesthetic (look no further than these stunning rings in quartz and gems), it will not shock you to learn that California's Scott Beckerman also designs sleek perfume bottles for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana — a job he was seemingly born to do. I bet his high school guidance counselor had no problem determining the colour of his parachute.

Above, more of his sleek and chunky rings in agate and jasper.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For me, rings are like drugs — but I'm perfectly open to alternative medicines, too, like this acupuncture ring by Argentina's 2212 (2212°C being the boiling point of silver).

Below, some of her botanical bursts:

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What to wear to a "Lost" finale party: "Safety Jewelry" by Ohio artist Stephanie Schwallie, featuring images from airline safety cards. The ring was a typewriter key in its former (or is it parallel?) life.


Maybe, like me, you're more of a "Dexter" fan. L.A.'s Renee Andriole has an intriguing collection of blade rings — just in case you run into a blood splatter analyst in a dark alley.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Conspicuous consumption, peak oil, or just a plumbing snafu? Like some golden version of Rorschach's test, these spewing rings could mean many things. For their creator, Michigan's Patrick Shureb, they symbolize "Exorbitance."

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Friday, February 12, 2010

I'm fairly close to a lot of the Olympic activity so the next couple of weeks are going to be a bit crazy. Still, let the games begin — starting with these Mouse Trap game-piece rings (in Olympic colours, no less) by California's Denise J. Bonaimo. Her "Game" series is full of jewellery made of bingo tokens, Battleship pieces, pick-up sticks and more. As much fun as a barrel of monkeys! (She has those, too.)

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Can you call them brass knuckles if they're made of crystal?

Of if the knuckles are shaped like a tongue? Seattle artist Debra Baxter says yes. Don't miss her gallery for more crystal, tongues and an array of sculptures in alabaster.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A juxtaposition of the traditional and the contemporary: Italy's Camilla Teglio combines clean silver lines with wood blocks covered in Japanese washi paper. (English really ought to have more words that begin with juxt, don't you think?)

Some more samples of her work, above.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010



I'll let her own website do the talking. Enter the world of Tennessee's Jennifer Culp.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Morbid Monday, and another installment in our on-going series, Japanese Designers Who Love Bloodied Animals. These killer rings are by London-based Momoko Tamura of momocreatura.


Before you sic PETA on me, here's a herd of perfectly intact animals by Atelier VM (Italy's Viola Naj-Oleari and Marta Caffarelli).


And while we're on the topic of sculpted animal rings, I finally have a chance to post these — the only anteater rings I've ever seen! The first version, on the left, is from 2007; on the right is the latest version. By Argentina's Rita Bambidele Hampton of miniaturas en metal.

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Friday, February 5, 2010


All eyes forward, please, as Belgian jeweller and sculptor Arnaud Sprimont gives us a little lesson in morphology.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taipei-born, Holland-trained, Tokyo-based textile designer Mina Wu created "Pavlov's Wedding Rings" after reading about his early life of poverty and how his mother used to earn money by knitting. Those would, of course, be dog teeth decorating the glove/ring.


Above, some more yarn rings by Texas jeweller Kelly Stiles. These remind me vaguely of Navajo weaving patterns (though I'm not convinced that the top one isn't a martini). She's also responsible for these sweet rings:

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's time to enter the secret and exciting world of... boxes! No, seriously. Inspired by "Victorian sentimentality, a childhood fascination with concealment, and 18th & 19th century furniture," UK metalsmith Hannah Livingston has taken the simple concept of a box and created an enchanting collection of jewellery. Pictured above is her "casket" ring in oxidized sterling, crystal, white topaz and Florentine paper.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Here in Vancouver, we're going through the warmest winter on record. While ski organizers are frantically importing snow in time for what may be the "Spring Olympics," I say bring on the warm days (no matter what the groundhog says) — and what better way to get in the springtime mood than with these delightful pastel pod rings in silicone and porcelain by Tamara Grüner.

For more from this German jeweller (including the natural pod rings above), visit her website, Schmuck Designerin.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The "Redundant" ring by Israel's Saron Paz comes as a silver or gold zip-tie that you fit around your finger. Once it's snug, snip off the remainder to leave a "precious useless leftover." Just don't try to reheat it in the microwave the next day.

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