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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Threadin' resin: gorgeous rings from the "Thread Sculptures in Resin" series by Chinese artist Zhenwei Chu. Visit her site for more (particularly the "Tea Bag" collection!).


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Looking for a thread-thin whisper of a ring, but in metal? You can get one in gold or silver from UK jeweller Cloé Hedger. Her 1 mm bands are designed to be stackable.

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Friday, April 26, 2013


Please note that there will be no posting on Monday! Thanks and have a great weekend!


Let's do a Friday Five in a Flash, starting with this ring from the disconcerting "Skin Secret" series by Taiwan's I-Ting Ho.


Urban concrete by the UK's Drew Markou.


"Smoking Gun" by Rhode Island's Claire Goetschel.


"Finger Paints" by the UK's Cabbage is King (Greig Alderman).


Cocoon-like "helmet ring" by Germany's Jule Ulrike Müller.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There's something vaguely, disconcertingly alien — sentient, even — about these "hose rings" from Germany's Höllwerk (Astrid Zipp & Christine Maxand). It's like they're looking at me! I, for one, welcome our new ring-shaped overlords.


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Here's a ring that''s definitely looking at you. Glass and silver ring by Mexico's RXVrings (Ruben Viramontes), who makes lots of eye and skull jewellery.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In "Sintered Nature," Damascus steel "flowers" sprout from rings made of wood, metal, and layers of cotton/linen. But before that, they sprout from the mind of Italian jeweller Angelo Verga.


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For more Damascus steel, visit Hecho-a-Mano (German jeweller Markus Buchholz), who has some nice wide bands like the one pictured here.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I like her take on "cocktail" rings.

I also like her take on origami rings.

And I like her take on skyline rings. I guess I'm just taken with Denmark's Malene Glintborg.

You can also check out her work through Ladyfingers, a collective of Danish jewellers that includes Vitsø (Sabine Mark, whose "organ" ring is above, top left), Mette Juhl (whose teardrop rings are above, top right), Stefanie DeSouza (whose house ring is above), Kamilla Lönnberg and Aurea.


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For more cool wire outline rings, check out UK-based Taiwanese designer Dorry Hsu. Her conceptual "Future Jewellery" is not to be missed!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Thai artist Apawan Kultawanich takes a familiar object and transforms it, exploring "the beauty of translucency." What is that object?

If you guessed plastic straws, hooray! Have a drink on me.


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if you're going to have that drink, I guess you'll need something to drink from. Here's a ceramic cup ring (with complimentary olive garnish) from Italy's Maria Luisa Tribolo.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Wrapping up the week with some wrapped-up rings: "Foreign Bodies" by Kumiko Kuwabara, a Japanese artist living in Switzerland.


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For more bulbous white rings (translucent white, in this case), check out the "Light Bulb" series by Hong Kong's Cicy Ching, whose work is all about illumination.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

What does this make you think of? Jellyfish? How about... Uri Gellar? Yep, that's a melted spoon.

"Fossils of a Dream" is Dutch artist Zindzi Wijminga's exploration of our emotional attachment to objects (like plastic cutlery).


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Here's a little blue jelly treat to go with your blue jellyfish-y spoon. For playful accessories, fairy kei style, check out Sweden's Starchild by Saffron Sugar.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If you like speech balloons...

...and if you also like arrows...

...you are about to lose your mind. Check out French jeweller Galatée Pestre.


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If you like balloons, but you don't like speech, you can check out the regular "balloon" collection from Lauren Davies. The UK jeweller has lots of kinetic and mechanical pieces.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When I saw this ring, I immediately thought, "can-can." And then I saw that it's called "Moulin" (which works whether she meant the cabaret or the spinning blades!).

For more, check out the UK's Sarah Manterfield, who's inspired by photography that captures "the delicacy of nature, the fluidity of body movement or our abstract surroundings."


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Humans aren't the only creatures who can high-kick! Not to be outdone is this cute octopus, showing off his moves. Lasercut ring by Australia's Sarah Sculley.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Do not be afraid. Look into the whiiiite. Modern porcelain work from Germany's Anna Kiryakova.


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Germany's Katrin Inga Hofmann does nice, modern work in silver, including some (like this box ring) with porcelain pieces provided by Jutta Albert.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

This would've been apropos for a leap day but I didn't want to wait another two years, ten months and 17 days. Awesome "frog" ring by Korean jeweller Ye Seul Seo.


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Here's some more folded metal that sits between the fingers, sans the amphibian homage. Ring by Danish metalsmith Lene Wolters.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A lot of things can be fixed by a little paint or a rubber band — even jewellery, if you ask England's Lana Crabb. Shown above are her rings made of rubber bands, paint and broken jewellery; visit her site for more recent pieces featuring rubber bands and powder-coated metal!


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For more rubber band rings, check out Portugal's uhhu (Ana Ribeiro), who has lots of fun, playful jewellery in rubber and bright plastics.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

As an ornithophobe, I'm a complete chicken in the face of this chicken...

...but I'm slightly less fearful of these flamingos. For more 3D-printed jewellery, check out the UK's Rob Elford.


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French jeweller Sara Bran has lots of wrapped, ribbon-like metal rings with cutouts, like this one featuring birds in flight.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Denmark's Stinne Holm offers up folds, facets and fans with an art deco flavour.


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These gold and diamond rings, with a somewhat similar vibe, are from another Danish jeweller: Copenhagen's Janni Krogh.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Nerd wars! In reading about the cycloid, I learned it's "been called 'The Helen of Geometers' as it caused frequent quarrels among 17th-century mathematicians." Coincidentally, these "Cycloides" rings made me think of cyclopses, so I guess it's just a Greek mythology kind of day.

All rings above by the Vermandere half of married Belgian duo Vermandere-Verheyden (Daisy Verheyden & Peter Vermandere).


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When it comes to lacking eyes, this "eyeless skull" ring has the cyclops beat! For more mythological creatures and monsters, check out Japan's Strange Freak.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Kansas artist and metalsmith Damia Smith states, "I create pieces which physically and mentally engage the individuals who are wearing them." Which is only half true, because she also physically and mentally engages the individuals who are looking at them. Visit her site for a large body of amazing work!


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While the rings above showcase some knit metal, Japan's AFLO+ (Mayumi Minakawa) uses more traditional thread to create sweet botanical pieces.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

As the number four is bad luck in Japanese culture, April 4th is a rather inauspicious day (throw in a dash of triskadekaphobia and April 4th 2013 is the worst 4/4 ever). Thankfully, Brazilian jeweller Anna Helena Van De Pol De Deus is here to save us with her maneki-neko rings. These lucky Japanese "beconing" cats will welcome good fortune and are way cuter than a horseshoe.


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If you prefer your felines fast and fierce rather than friendly and felicitous, here's a gold leopard ring from another Brazilian jeweller, Jack Vartanian.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What sound does paper make? Rustle rustle? Shuffle shuffle? How about tictoc? "Tictoc" paper rings from Italy's Edoardo de Falchi.


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if you're more the monochromatic type, UK jeweller Lisa Catterson has these rings featuring handmade paper.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You could say London's Karina Cabrera has a galactic love of resin. Check out her awesome "Nebula" rings!


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For more amorphous resin, check out these rings from Italy's Les Envers (Sara Turatello).

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Monday, April 1, 2013


Oops, sorry for the late posting today!

I wasn't aware that over half of Slovenia is covered in forest, but I bet Ptuj resident Srečko Molk had an inkling. For him, "the disfigurements in wood are pearls, precious stone."


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For metal jewellery with a boreal touch, see Seattle's Nested Yellow (Anna Vasquez), who has carved bark-like bands as well as these leaf rings.

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