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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Gymnastics with Cats" by Taiwan's Yenz Lin. Obviously, all other rings are now moot.


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For a more ferocious feline, check out this gold tiger ring by Spanish jeweller Carrera y Carrera. If you can't tell, he's biting down on a piece of smoked quartz.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

While I'm not the biggest fan of winter, one of the advantages of January in Vancouver is a skyline that consists of gorgeous, snow-covered mountains (when they're not obscured by rain clouds, that is). French artist Magali Bergon shows her own mountain appreciation with this magnificent Pyrenees knuckleduster.

Also available in individual portions.


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Here's another ode to the mountains, in reticulated silver and accented with a garnet. Ring by Brenda B Design, who — unsurprisingly — is based in Colorado.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

London's Rentaro Nishimura makes eye-catching self-assembly rings that involve single sheets of acrylic.

Above, his sphere and cube rings. No glue required!


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for more eye-catching lasercut acrylic, check out Italy's Gwaan, who made these "geometric" rings. Acrylic alphabet rings also available.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

A nice selection of modern metal rings from Vancouver's Jeanie Andronyk.


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it's a little tougher to find brushed, faceted metal rings in gold rather than silver, but here's one from Montreal's Orno Jewelry (Carla Smiley). It's 18k-plated sterling.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Growing up, UK jeweller Tonya O'Hara used to watch her dad repair the broken components of TV sets. She thinks this led to her life-long "fascination with the meticulous and methodical arranging of components" — which now manifests itself as PET:cell, her line of recycled plastic bottle jewellery. Shown above are her "Tarantula," "Quill" (both with feathers), and green "Apple" rings.


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does your idea of "PET" lean more toward bunnies than toward polyethylene terephthalate? If so, check out Japan's Deco for lots of rabbits (and squirrels).

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Askew, atilt, aslant. In "Side Effects," Japan's Yuki Nagao throws everything just slightly off kilter, to charming effect. Check out her other collections for lots of playful pieces.


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Here's an artfully-skewed ring from the "Lignum" series by New York's Satoru. Also check out the "Akatsuki" series, which features diamonds that appear to change colour.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Are you attracted to these rings? Do you feel pulled in? Drawn in? Maybe it's because they were inspired by magnetic field lines! Nylon and silver rings from the "Field Test" collection by Brooklyn's Studio Aminimal (John Briscella & Svetlana Blum Briscella).


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Speaking of magnetized, here's the "magnetic attraction" ring by Rome's Glauco Cambi. If you like kinetic rings, check out this Italian jeweller's gallery.

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Friday, January 20, 2012



Air, water, fire: Indiana's Kelly Jo Limberg goes elemental with these silver and plexiglas rings. Check out her portfolio for cool spinning-top rings and seashell loupes, as well.


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Australia's Bonny Lad (Sunggee Min) was inspired by the five elements when creating these rings in silver, copper, corian, wood and dyed PVC.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Made from old textile factory spools, these wooden slice rings by Japan's Schatje Design were created to support carbon offset initiatives. So I guess I shouldn't fly on a jet to go grab some? Dangit.


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for more recycled wood, check out California's Love Mert. These rings were made with remnants from the artist's father's woodshop.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

These synthetic pearls trapped in clear resin (or snowballs trapped in ice?) are from Japan's Jutiqu (Tomoko Sato-Albaisa). I actually like the giant necklaces the best — wear one and pull off an updated Holly Golightly... minus the crime and gold-digging, of course.


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You don't have to be a gold-digger to dig gold. And if you do dig gold, you'll dig this giant, golden "Almost Paradise" ring by Buji New York (May Chen).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I've reached architectural ring nirvana. As it turns out, everything's made of MDF — does that mean I've actually reached ring IKEA? Either way, I love these lasercut MDF rings by UK jeweller Kirsty Fraser.


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For solid wood rather than particle board, check out this chunky wooden ring (with a single silver facet) by New Zealand jeweller Morgan Terry.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

[If you missed it, I posted on the weekend — please scroll down.] Let's skip the chatter and jump right back into the jewellery, shall we? I love this work by Australia's Lauren Joffe. (Note: if you don't see it on your screen, the navigation is hidden at the very bottom of her webpage.)


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For more shibuichi pieces with an eroded look, check out Maryland metalsmith Tony Sanchez of Argent Flame. This particular ring is decorated with Mayan glyphs.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012


I'm back from my much-needed dose of blue skies and sun. To make up for my long break, here's a weekend posting! Seattle's Fruit Super Design makes these fun silicone rings that stretch to fit — much like the pants I'll need to wear after all that holiday eating.


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Speaking of fruit, New York artist and photographer Anne Arden McDonald has a line of jewellery that includes this cast silver apple seed ring (also available in gold).

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Sunday, January 1, 2012



* Please note: *
I'm on a winter break until mid-January.
Apologies for the extended absence!


It's the start of another year, another cycle! Vancouver's Annika Ladener illustrates the point with her "Under a Tree" series, a set of four rings capturing four seasons.


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Trees in threes! South Africa's Amy Allum created this multi-finger silver ring featuring tree (complete with roots) silhouettes.

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