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October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Just because it's Hallowe'en doesn't mean your jewellery has to be kitschy! Bring a little refinement to All Hallows' Eve with these "bat" and "mask" rings that are appropriate even year-round. Rings by UK jeweller Rachael Hutton.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


When you're a candy-loving kid, waiting for Hallowe'en can be torturous — but not this torturous. In "The Punisher," UK jeweller Julianah Rotimi takes inspiration from horror films and medieval torture devices. Be a glutton for punishment — visit her site for more!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

"Moneys Mushrooms makes meals marvelous!" Anyone else remember that old commercial? Well, with apologies to Moneys, Markley's modern metalwork makes Monday marvelous. Check out these "structure" rings and mmmmmmmore in the gallery of Iowa's Lauren Markley.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

If you ever break a finger in the presence of Hanna Mawbey, you'll at least be the most well-dressed patient around. Check out the UK artist's exploration of medical equipment design! Shown above are her splint rings, which take advantage of the antibacterial properties of silver.

Above, her "prosthetic finger printers."

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

I've lost track of how many rings I've said looked good enough to eat. But today? The tables are turned.

In Soviet Russia — or present day California — ring eat you! Resin rings by Los Angeles sculptor Elliot Jackson.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UK metalsmith Karen Smith creates kinetic jewellery — but not just any kinetic jewellery. Harkening back to the early days of film animation, her pieces include phenakistoscope brooches and the wonders you see before you here: zoetrope rings!

Visit her site for more great work, like this "Dutch house" ring.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I was doing some blogkeeping and realized that I'd somehow gone two years without posting one of my favourites, Katharina Vones, a German jeweller studying in Scotland. Thus, it is with great shame that I post, very belatedly, this amazing work. Don't wait another second — visit her site now to view much more!

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Monday, October 22, 2012


If these rings don't wake you up, your Monday-itis maybe be too fargone to cure! (I know, I know, the disease is a myth.) New York's Matthew Campbell Laurenza bedazzles with these "urban deco" fireworks.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Are you feeling this ring? You should be — it's the "tactile" ring by UK jeweller Carrie Dickens.


Check out her gallery for lots of interesting, organic metalwork. And have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

With these rings, California's Sondra Sherman highlights the value of the body's largest organ. Considering few of us would trade all our skin for a shiny rock, I'd say that value is pretty high.

Visit her site for many more interesting series; shown above is one of her "dis-engagement" rings.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Do you sometimes feel hollow inside?

Maybe you just need some resin filling — like in these "Hollow Pixel," "Hollow Diamond" and "Hollow Tear" rings from Brooklyn's WXYZ Jewelry (Laura Wass).

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

They may look like cotton candy but I wouldn't advise putting them in your mouth — these are "pollution" rings by Birmingham jewellery student Winnie Wong.

More from the cool series above (love those sliced, squared pipes).

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Monday, October 15, 2012

I think I've won the Golden Ticket! This Wonka-esque, candycane rollercoaster of a ring is by UK jeweller Julie Lockhart (who actually calls it her "abacus" ring).

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Do you lift your pinky when drinking tea? Now you can also do so when passing the cream!

The pot, on the other hand, may require some stronger digits. For more interesting work, visit Slovakia's Lucia Bartková.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sweet, simple and scalloped: whether with silver or red nylon filament, these cute rings are a fresh take on the crown ring.

Rings above, including this perforated band, by Montreal-based Swedish jeweller Camille Ouellette. She and fellow Swede Sofia Sandell make up Camille & Sofia.


Here's another perforated ring, neatly folded along the dotted lines. If you ask me, bubble wrap is overrated. Real satisfaction comes from folding a perforated sheet one way, then the other, then hearing the soft zzzzzzzzzzzip as you tear the paper in a perfectly straight line. I think Sweden's Tove Knuts knows what I'm talking about.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An extracted spinal column with hair attached to it — sounds like the stuff of Saw movies, yet it somehow makes for an elegant ring. Dublin's Daniela Cardillo, "intrigued by the components that make up a creature," created these rings using rodent bones and horsehair; the latter is braided in the style of Victorian mourning jewellery.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Having recently read a novel in which the old Chinese practice of foot binding was front and centre, well, I'm glad Lauren Passenti wasn't around in 19th century Puwei to give people any more ideas. Check out the Boston jeweller's "Contortion" rings, as well as many other pieces, in her gallery.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

How am I supposed to feel if I like "Mixed Feelings"? These silver, nylon and varnish rings are from the "Mixed Feelings" collection by Israel's Naama Reich. Some more of her work below (I love how those skylines are silhouetted):

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Talk about your keys to the city! This Agra key ring is killing me.

From San Francisco to India and several points in between, SF-based Australian jeweller Christina Elleni translates familiar cityscapes into amazing jewellery.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

I want to wear these but I'm afraid a piranha plant will pop up and get me.

Inspired by forms such as pylons and gasometers, UK jeweller Miriam George's "industrial" collection is a study in sliced and diced powder-coated metal tubes.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In grade 4, while making posters for Easter, my art teacher got me hooked on the technique of going over the outlines of my drawings with a black Sharpie. To my 9-year-old self, it made everything look so much better. While I doubt London's Janice Zethraeus was Sharpie-crazy like me, the illustrator-turned-jeweller shows her love of thick, fluid lines in her metalwork. Shown above is her "hole" ring in oxidized silver.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

These kinetic orrery rings would make perfect passive-aggressive gifts for self-centered folk — you know, to remind them that unless they are the sun, the world doesn't revolve around them. On the other hand, they're just way too cool to give away! For more, see British jeweller Julia Smith.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Bats are not cute. Bats that whoosh into your hotel room at night and flail spastically around your head, all "mwaha, so much for your 'relaxing' vacation," are especially not cute. But bat rings by Axelhoney? Pretty cute.

More from the designer, California's Melissa Contreras, above.

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