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February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Let's wrap up the week and the month with a Friday Five in a Flash. First up: this "Ponte Vecchio" ring by Norway's Jeanette Buer.


Vintage postcard ring from Pennsylvania's Darling (Heather Stief).


Glass ring by Germany's Petra Brenner.


Ring with levitating magnet by the UK's Trudy Gay.


Black cluster ring by the UK's Amanda McQuat.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The future is present...ed by Czech jeweller Katerina Reichova, whose sci-fi-inspired stylings in acrylic and stainless steel will transport you to another time and place. Don't miss the body- and ear-pieces, in particular!


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This moonstone ring by Seattle's Maite resembles a space pod.



Also admiring:

The "2050" collection by UK-based Sarah Ysabel Dyne Narici, inspired by space travel.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014



Through her "Coleoptera" collection, UK jeweller Ailsa Whittet Ritchie aims to change the perception of insects as being "creepy and unsettling." So what's that got to do with flower rings? Take another look and you'll find that they are actually repeated beetle outlines! My favourites are the brooches; visit her site to see.


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Titanium beetle ring (that can open and close) by Australia's Luke Abbot.



Also admiring:

The many metal insects of Calgary's Erin Boukall.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I never gave much thought to Civil War reenactment as a hobby — but that was before I knew there were rings involved! Georgia's Patrick C. Walter turns to naval artillery as inspiration, leading to wearable recreations of such historic warships as the U.S.S. Monitor.


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Belgium's Machteld Heylen has this less-threatening water vessel.


Also admiring:

The antique touches of Japan's Calm Down.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

A sampling of Stefanie Cheong's ode to the landscape of her native Scotland.


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"Alpine Range" ring by London's Lindsay Cameron.



Also admiring:

"Iceberg" cuff by New York's Elyse Garling.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

New in the shop: Emerald Arianna

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Friday, February 21, 2014

"Daphne" is based on the eponymous nymph from Greek mythology. You know, the one who was being pursued by Apollo, asked her dad for help, and got turned into a laurel tree? Like, gee, thanks, worst "help" ever? Yes, that one. For more works based on Greek myths, visit UK jeweller Eden Silver-Myer. (I'll be posting another Daphne piece in a couple of weeks, as well.)


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A row of leaves from London's Jessica Noble.


Also admiring:

Brooch in wood, resin and silver by Goldfinch (the UK's Lucy Ramsbottom).

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'm not sure what I'd do for a Klondike bar but I'm sure it pales in comparison to what I'd do for one of these works in carved perspex (with shifting metallic tabs) by UK jeweller Emmeline Hastings. (The neckpieces are my favourite!)


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Somewhat similar is this "pomegranate" ring by Iowa's Erin Rappleye.


Also admiring:

Awesome acrylic neckwear from Pennsylvania's Jenna Snodderly.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

England's Jane Dzisiewski makes jewellery with resin "stones," whose patterns are inspired by the criss-crossing lines and negative space of such things as fishnets and iron rafters. For her, "the creative journey begins with a photograph from which drawings are made."


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A couple more criss-crossing lines from Cypriot Skevi Afantiti.



Also admiring:

"Dragon Scale" earrings by Talulah Lee, based in Sweden.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bone, silver and ivory (not to be confused with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, which you wouldn't, because that would be really weird), from Georgia "metal & bone smith" Rachel Columb.


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Ring in bone and gold- plated brass from New York's Maiyet.



Also admiring:

Wishbone pendants from New Jersey's Elizabeth Carol Winchester.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sometimes, I really need to step away from the web and stop looking at rings — and I just found some rings that could help me do that! "RESTrain" by Toronto's Megan Katz is a device that holds you and your fingers in place. Visit her site to read more about the concept and see more of her anatomical work.


Also admiring:

Bioelectricity-regulating jewellery from Taiwan's Artificer.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

You know what February 14th is? The middle of the month! Celebrate with art glass from Virginia's Heartcoreglass (Kristi Totoritis), including this pair of boro glass rings.


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Heart-tailed arrow ring by the UK's Bloody Mary Metal (Lucy Wilson).


Also admiring:

EKG bangle from the "Amour" collection by NYC-based Delphine Leymarie.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm in awe and oohs and aahs of California's Kira Williams.


Also admiring:

Bonkers amazing resin from Australia's Kate Rohde.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Texas artist Melissa Walter creates jewellery with paper — and I don't mean she buys a ream of Staples multipurpose bright white. In her words:

"Handmade abaca paper allows me to layer materials into the paper as it is created. The transparency of the paper, materials such as thread, graphite, matches, and wood embedded or once embedded, and how the materials react during the papermaking process all enriches the surface. The abaca paper along with the embedded materials is the starting point for the process of responding to the materials while making."


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Lots more paper, like this "bookworm" ring, from Germany's Eternal Paper (Christine Rozina).


Also admiring:

Miniature book necklaces from Pennsylvania's Peg and Awl.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Not sure if I need a field guide to wildflowers to wear this ring, or if it is a field guide to wildflowers (specifically: ambrosia, traveler's joy, allspice, and mossy saxifrage). For this and other sculptural work in copper, see Colorado's Aidan Tunnell.


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Long, tendril-like ring by Australia's Catherine Nguyen.


Also admiring:

3D-printed "flora" necklaces from Georgia's Repeat Offfender (Jordan Graves).

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Monday, February 10, 2014

The price of postage being what it is (especially here in Canada), stamps look right at home where you might normally expect a gemstone.

Both rings above, including this "One Carrot" ring with vintage mah jongg scrimshaw tile, by California's Alex Anderson.


Also admiring:

"8 carrot" necklace by Virginia's Nitza Cuevas.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Ekati, Canada.

Kollur, India.

Mir, Siberia.

Pennsylvania, USA is where Ken Derengowski re-examines the diamond, as in this ring series depicting diamond mines around the world. Visit his site for more.


Also admiring:

Paris city map necklace by Australia's Lane 2 (Yula Yu).

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Is that a jewellery rush or a sugar rush I'm feeling? Experience the exuberance of Eat.Me.Do (Australia's Lara Ivachev).


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"Iced Gem" ring by the UK's Saskia Buchanan (with Dani Lane).



Also admiring:

Rock candy earrings by Ohio's Amber Whitenburg.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

So...

darn...

gross!

But, mostly, cute. So darn so. Enjoy the playful, if sometimes poo-ful, work of Japan's Jewelry Kitchen (Hironobu Takahashi).


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Dachshund, sans hydrant, by Israel's Jools (Meytal Bar-Noy).


Also admiring:

Collaged tin brooches from North Carolina's Jane Wells Harrison.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Continuing with yesterday's theme, here are some more framework rings, this time in fierce mountain lion form. If anyone tries to crack a "cougar" joke, you can use a pointy ear to claw at them! (Just kidding. You don't want to damage your jewellery.) Rings by UK jeweller XiN.


Also admiring:

Fox earrings from Serbia's fabulous Marinush.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

I have a weakness for, but a poor ability to describe, these sorts of cagey/outline rings. North Carolina's Sarah West calls them her "Infrastructure" rings.


Also admiring:

Cage-like "Greenhouse" armpiece by jeweller Ming Tseng of Massachusetts.





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