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Wednesday, August 31, 2011    
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For White Wednesday, check out this awesome balloon ring by Hungary's Reka Lorincz. Visit her site for the balloon bracelet and a whole lot more (including biodegradable jewellery)!


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I guess it could also be Woof Woof Wednesday. This white ceramic dog knuckleduster is by British art jeweller Eleanor Bolton. Lots of cool stuff in her portfolio!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011    
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Still feeling alliterative, so today is Titanium Tuesday. These pipe-like statement pieces in silver and anodized titanium are by Montreal's Maude Lapierre.


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These swooping rings are from the "Arches" series by Cuba's Jorge Gil, a jeweller who works mainly in titanium.

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Monday, August 29, 2011    
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I'm in an alliterative mood so let today be Modern Metal Monday, featuring Australia's Seb Brown (the site says "under construction" but the nav will lead you to the jewels). I love these shapes; they look like they have a modern mother and a pre-historic father.


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For more modern metal, check out London metalsmith Daniele Geargeoura. These rings are from her "Seg\ment" collection, in which she deconstructs the sphere.

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Friday, August 26, 2011    
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Remember when I said on Wednesday, "ask what you can snack on"? Well, Xi Lu of Paris-based Miam has the answer with some of the best miniature-food jewellery I've seen out there so far! From popcorn to Pocky, she has it all.


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find more tiny snacks at Malaysia's MiniBites (Esther Wong). As you may know, the ice cream sandwich is widely regarded as one of history's greatest inventions.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011    
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What's the minimum number of birds required for a flock? Does two count? Three? From the let's-say-flock of three to the rather large scale, these rings are a fresh take on the classic bird motif. Rings by UK metalsmith Miranda Chambers.


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How about no birds, just feathers? Check out this pretty piece from Spain's Mei Rojo, who likes to mix metal with bits of bright colour.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011    
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Ask not what this ring can do for you.

Ask what you can snack on and then put said snacks into this ring. Silver serving ring from Germany's Bless.


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Love snacking but worried about portion control? Then there's this single-bowl ring, a commissioned piece from UK silversmith Jane Gallagher (aka Jane Hostler).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011    
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Modern but not modern — that's the description that popped into my head when I saw these silver and textile pieces from UK jeweller Kayleigh Biggs. Not surprisingly, she states that her specialty is "jewellery with an evident historical influence."


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Also inspired by history (and literature) is Seattle's Dorothy Cheng, who has a series of rings based on ancient shields.

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Monday, August 22, 2011    
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Simple, delicate, charming. Rings by Japan's Mamelon (Maki Hasui).


More simple, delicate and charming. Rings by Japan's Mauve (Aoi Yamamoto, who named her line as a kind-of play on her name "Aoi," which sounds like the Japanese word for "blue").


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Japan must be the delicate-jewellery-shops-with-French-names capital of the world. For more (like the ring pictured here), see ete, who even has an entire section just for pinky rings.

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Friday, August 19, 2011    
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If you've ever wanted to rule with an iron fist... UK jeweller Alice O'Neill "commemorate[s] the hidden connecting components and tools that we associate with clothes making." And clothes ironing and clothes laundering, as in these adorable washing symbol rings.


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with their clean, flat surfaces and crisp corners, these rings look like they've been ironed. See London-based Danish jeweller Kamilla Ruberg for more modern classics.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011    
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August weather and Tuesday's ants have me thinking of picnics — as does this gingham-print ring from Karen Kenniz. The Belgian jeweller is all about simple silver with happy bits of colour.


Here's some more gingham-y, picnic-y fun from Taiwan's The Heyday Shop, which sells cute fabric supplies as well as accessories.


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Get even more gingham (on the diagonal, this time) and other kitschy jewellery from Dutch shop Tizzalicious.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011    
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If you thought yesterday's sugar rings were pretty sweet, here's some more from England's Natalie Smith. Is it bad to say I want to lick them all?


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You can measure out your sugar in spoonfuls (spoonsful?) with this spoon ring from Amsterdam's Sayaka Abe. Visit her site for a series of knife rings.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011    
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Ants don't do Atkins — they know sugar's where it's at. In this playful collection, Japan's Ai Yano uses foraying ants to symbolize her own forays abroad (she's a student in Scotland).


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For more insects, check out these embossed pieces from Germany's Kirsten Wittstruck.

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Monday, August 15, 2011    
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This ring is you-know-what. I'm kinda breaking my own rule here because I already blogged Steven Shein five years ago. Since then, though, he's been working on new projects, such as his Neivz line; the smoking ring is in collaboration with L.A.'s The Coquette. Also available in black.


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Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. And sometimes, there's ash, as in New Zealand's Ash Hilton, who makes clean and simple etched designs.

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Friday, August 12, 2011    
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Adorable little carousel rings by Japan's Luccica...


...who is not to be confused with this Colombian purveyor of adorable little rings, Little Lucia.


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Bakelite button ring by Seattle's Lucia Sayyah (daughter of Rhinestone Rosie), who creates custom pieces, often incorporating vintage elements gleaned from her mother's business.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011    
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A well-deserved rest...

...after all those acrobatics. London-based Argentinian jeweller Luciana Morera puts figures in motion with her hand-sculpted silver work.


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if you don't enjoy circus acrobats, maybe you enjoy circus bears, like this one in gold, silver, diamonds and pink sapphires from Greek jeweller Eleftheria Lamprou-Karela. (image from wolfandbadger.com)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011    
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You're looking at the handi-work of German artist Heike Gruber.

Above, her nose rings. For fingers, that is. Don't miss the rest of her portfolio, which includes musical instruments for the neck!


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Here's another handpiece, in silver, by Brazil's Marina Sheetikoff, who also makes pretty headpieces for brides.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011    
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Who says you shouldn't cast pearls before swine? Certainly not Spain's Andrea Coderch.


And definitely not Japan's e.m.


You can count out Japan's Gargle, too.


And one more naysayer from Japan, Macaron.


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So, now that you have all those pearly swine rings, where do you put them? On the smiling, ceramic Pig for Pearl jewellery holder, of course.

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Monday, August 8, 2011    
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There's a great bit in The Social Network when Jesse Eisenberg spits, "You have part of my attention. You have the minimum amount." Well, here are some minimalist rings that have my maximum attention: tiny boxes and pearls by Spain's Indra Karpaviciute.

Above, some more minimalist boxes and squares from New York's Caitlin Mociun.


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Pictured are more tiny cubes from UK jeweller Julian Stephens' "Cubist" range. You can have the cube set straight or on its corner.

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Friday, August 5, 2011    
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UK jeweller Elizabeth Humble turns humble wire into shimmering cityscapes. In her own words:

My inspiration comes from the beautifully rugged and dramatic landscape of the west coast of Scotland. I like to create work that explores the land in an abstract and challenging way, unearthing details, and exploring natural rock formations hidden beneath the surface of the land. I have developed a unique technique layering silver wires together to create intricate structures in precious metals.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011    
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Can you believe I've been blogging rings for over eight years and, somehow, have never resorted to the punny phrase "you've gotta hand it to"? Well, I'm doing it now: you've gotta hand it to Brazil's Nami Wakabayashi — she makes some stand-out rings.


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For more big, bold rings in black and silver, check out Drophius (Italy's Lorenzo Pepe), who's inspired by the "primordial elegance" of sea organisms.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011    
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Hey look, it's the Inanimate Carbon Rod!

While I reel at the fact that the rod appeared on The Simpsons seventeen years ago, check out these black and squiggly rings made of rubber, acrylic and synthetic fiber by Denmark's designRborg (jewellery and textile designer Rikke M Borg). Be sure to check out her "diner transportable" collection!


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For more rubber and carbon, here's a "sliced solitaire" ring with faux diamond from Switzerland's Kezako Design (Joséphine Reverdin).

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011    
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I think I might have a mild case of trypophobia, which is a fear of holes. Especially clusters of holes. Especially when they're organic. Just google it if you need to know more (and you'll probably know pretty quickly if you have this phobia, too). But I also have a raging case of ring-o-philia, which is why I can love these pieces by UK jeweller Holly Wilcox.


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Here's a more colourful cluster of holes. Ring in polymer clay by Austria's Eva Ehmeier, whose fantastic work is, unfortunately, not trypophobe-friendly!

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Monday, August 1, 2011    
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On a little break today. Will be back tomorrow!

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