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January 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Purloin-worthy pearls by the UK's Raven Tuson.


And more from Japan's Stones Stone Zoo.



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Triple pearl ring by Japan's Transit.




Also admiring:

Triple pearl earrings by Vancouver's Poppy Finch.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kite deficiency is an issue that affects us all. Remedy that with this six-kite ring from Italy's Isla Fontaine, then check out her site for more shiny metal in geometric designs.



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You can go fly a ring with this "Fammi Volare" ring by Italy's Elisabetta Duprè.



Also admiring:

Niobium brooches from the "In Flight" collection by UK jeweller Brian Eburah.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I'm showing you the money!...rings (and some bangles) by French jeweller Julie Pasquet of Bijoux de Famille, who offers a trove of colour, crystals and cash. (Side note: Cuba Gooding, Jr. shouted those famous words in 1996 — almost twenty years ago! And he was on MacGyver just five years before that! Is time even time??)



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1996 coin rings by Oregon's Lucky Liberty (Jason Charles Romero).



Also admiring:

Coin bracelet by California Goldbarr.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Too bad porcelain is so fragile. Imagine if entire cities could be made of glazed porcelain buildings, with ceramic cars on clay-tiled streets — it'd be like living in a fairy tale. In the real world, at least we can have our porcelain jewellery, like these cute rings from Denmark's Silly Rice.

(Ok, this one's a pin, but how could I resist posting a pig in repose? Impossible.)



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Porcelain ring by Chile's Natalia Sarrazin.



Also admiring:

I love the porcelain work of Japan's Akari Sato.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Georgia-the-country design house Matériel is better known for its clothing, but its jewellery follows the same aesthetic: tending toward minimalist yet with interesting details.



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The UK's Iliana Tosheva has large discs that sit on, rather than around, your finger.



Also admiring:

Ceramic disc earrings by Denmark's Ditte Fischer.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

New York-based Taiwanese jeweller Jade Chiu creates "[a]lchemic, evocative body adornments with an Eastern zodiac obsession," fusing "ancient exotic culture with avant garde fashion and surrealism."



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For the year of the sheep, grab this "The Little Prince" -inspired ring by Israel's Gal Padani.



Also admiring:

Brass ram necklace by Texas jeweller Manic Trout (Sierra Bailey).

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Those words, that typeface — ring a bell?

How 'bout now?

If you're a New York commuter, you know that these are recycled MetroCards! Check out Japanese jeweller Chankae (Kae Ichihashi) for more.



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Paper rings by Italy's Paola Fornasier, who also works with clay.




Also admiring:

The UK's Simone Selaib-Salandini is inspired by handmade paper but works in metal.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From wireframe diamonds to solar agate to cute rocking horses, Japanese jeweller PALA offers an eclectic mix of eye-catching pieces.



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More wireframe gems from Japan's Flake.



Also admiring:

Gem-shaped pendant from Japan's Jewlousy (Daisuke Fujishima & Hiroki Kurata).

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On the off chance any of you grew up taking piano lessons in Yokohama, this one's for you. These vivid bird rings were musically inspired — but not in the way most would think. They're an homage to the bird on the Japanese covers of Beyer Piano Books!


For fun, colour and the occasional balloon, check out Japan's Sekiyumi.



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Some similarly notched wings on this ring by Sweden's Lisa Rondahl Pedersen.



Also admiring:

Bird silhouette pendant by the UK's Angela Wright.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, if only you were really small, and made of acrylic, you could've been turned into a ring by Greek jeweller George Giannoutsos.



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Heart mirror ring by India's Nakarali.




Also admiring:

Gothic mirror pendant with not-so-flattering reflection from Alchemy England.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Do I wear these or do I board them and sail off into the cold Arctic?

Visit Poland's ID.FOR.FUN (as in "Idea.Form.Function") for sleek industrial jewellery and objects in metal and clear plexiglas.



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More frosted clear plastic from Israel's Efrat Ezuz.




Also admiring:

Cool pendants by Japan's Atelier Ukiroosh (Shirou Yano).

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

When you think "armour," you probably envision medieval European armour (unless, maybe, you happened to see last week's samurai ring just now). Well, here's Japan's Lacquersmith Lynx with their — wait for it — samurai armour. The first ring is actually two pieces, consisting of the mask and helmet; also shown is the breastplate ring. Each is handmade using materials and techniques consistent with the samurai period — maybe that should be periods, plural, since it spans centuries!



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Hieroglyphic armour ring by London's El Hieroglyph (Nur el Hoda).




Also admiring:

Collar from the "Armory Show" collection by Texas designer Genna Williams.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mathematical. That's what I thought when I saw the work of Australia's Melissa Cameron, and that's before I saw that her site had lines like, "How many different objects can you create from one pattern?" and "I accept and use the tenets of Cartesian geometry without question in order to create my work." The first ring above is called "Controlled Explosion," which seems like an apt title for many of her pieces. This is another case where the images here don't do justice to the entire body of work, so go check it out!



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A ring that looks like plots and lines from a graph, all tangled up. By Poland's Bartosz Ciba.



Also admiring:

Block number necklaces by Tennessee's Christina Kober.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reykjavik-based Lithuanian jeweller Benas Staskauskas, whose "main focus is the use of synthetic materials combined with organic and natural materials," creates rings that look as though they were plucked from remote landscapes untouched by humans. He works with such things as resin, gold, dolphin teeth and volcanic ash.



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"Lava" ring by Julie Cohn of Texas.





Also admiring:

"Landscape" brooch by the UK's Jordane Symington.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Luckily, this is the closest thing to snow I've seen this season. Up top is a "shake" ring by California's Torchlight (Louisa Kimble); filled with little Herkimers, it's like having a wearable snow globe, if snow globes had crystals in lieu of snow and panes in lieu of globes. Below it is Italian jeweller Dante Di Lilla's ring featuring the skyline of Medina, Saudi Arabia. I'm guessing Medina doesn't see much snow but those crystals read more like flakes than stars to me!



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"Totem" rings by Irini (Eirini Giannakopoulou), who collaborates with Dante Di Lilla.




Also admiring:

Speaking of places with little snow, snowflake earrings by Mexico's Millié.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

A samurai, some cats and a well-coiffed Day of the Dead skull walk into a bar... and I forget the punchline because I was too busy ogling the goods over at Thailand's Good After Nine.



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Cats-on-film ring by Japan's Miracle Cutie.




Also admiring:

More skeletal cats and other Day of the Dead jewellery at California's Mexican Sugar Skull.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Isn't this "masculine men's jewellery" rather pretty? UK designer Joseph Farrow based these rings on deconstructed found objects; shown above are the "hinge" and "chain" rings. The finish on each stainless steel piece is manipulated so that no two have the exact same colouring.



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I like this take on the chain ring by Japan's Urban Research.



Also admiring:

Men's accessories by the UK's Roxanne Farahmand.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! Let's kick off 2015 with Singapore native Ruiyin Lin, whose collection is "both a tribute to the past and a prelude to the future." She combines traditional forms and craftsmanship with "digital manufacturing methods" — in other words, 3D printing.



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Starry silver 3D-printed ring by the Netherlands' Buro Bruno (Bruno van Hooijdonk).



Also admiring:

Awesome, chunky 3D-printed bangles by Germany's Maiko Gubler.





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