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### August 2011

#### Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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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#### Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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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#### Monday, August 29, 2011

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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#### Friday, August 26, 2011

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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#### Thursday, August 25, 2011

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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#### Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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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#### Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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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#### Monday, August 22, 2011

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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#### Friday, August 19, 2011

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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#### Thursday, August 18, 2011

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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#### Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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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#### Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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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#### Monday, August 15, 2011

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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#### Friday, August 12, 2011

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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#### Thursday, August 11, 2011

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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#### Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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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#### Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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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#### Monday, August 8, 2011

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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#### Friday, August 5, 2011

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

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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#### Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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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#### Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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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#### Monday, August 1, 2011

On a little break today. Will be back tomorrow!

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