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Friday, September 30, 2016

Nautilus shells are just some of the inspirations behind these spherical geometric forms. Rings above by Portugal's Vanglória (Vanessa Pires).

(These "Vortex" earrings might be my favourite!)


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Ring with real nautilus shell by Australia's The Mermaid Collective.



Also admiring:

Nautilus hoop earring by California's Maya Jewelry (Corey Lolley).

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: German jeweller Sarah Enoch.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Five in a Flash: Chain-Linked
Above: Double diamond ring by California's Prey Jewelry (Charlene Wilson).


Chevron ring by the UK's Edge of Ember.


"2 Souls" ring by the UK's Rokus.


Double rhombuses ring by Spain's Aristocrazy.


Double starburst ring by New York's Hysteric Co.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

According to Wisconsin's Ann Marie Cianciolo, "Things just seem funnier when they are tiny." It also helps when they're so well-crafted! (Of course, an animal in a hat is always at least a seven on the humour scale.)


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"Flock" ring by California's Yakira Rona.



Also admiring:

Sparrow earrings by Japan's Yortz (Chisa Nakata).

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Armenia's Anníeh Jewellery has an array of rings inspired by those colourful works of art known as rugs.


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"Magic Carpet" ring by Florida's Merdinger House of Design.



Also admiring:

Pendant with tuft by Australia's Katie Stormonth.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Korean jeweller Sowon Joo turns metal into something light and ethereal.


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Mesh dome ring from Polish jeweller Idalia Baudo.



Also admiring:

Mesh necklace by French jeweller Ghislaine Darlavoix.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: New Jersey native Stephanie O'Brien.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Five in a Flash: Cluster Luster
Above: "Vera" ring by Montreal's Serena Sciarrini.


"Berry" ring by Montreal's Kirameku.


"Icon" rings by the UK's Fiona DeMarco.


Gold ring by Germany's Claudia Westhaus.


Bubble ring by Japan's Portrait Things.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I don't know whether or not this was intentional but does anyone else think these burnt wood rings look like flipped-open lighters? How meta. Visit Finland's Tatu Vuorio for jewellery, sculptures, cool glass design and more.


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Blackened steel ring by Italy's Design Digest.



Also admiring:

Thermochromic necklace that turns gold when worn, by the UK's Alice McLean.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

I love anything that reminds me of Spirograph! These rings were 3D-printed and then adorned with yarn or copper wire. To see more, including concrete housewares and leather bags, check out the Netherlands' Mensch Made (by Doreen Westphal).


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Silk thread ring by Argentina's Caro Bernachea.



Also admiring:

Thread-adorned earrings by Japan's Chakab! (Misato Ozaka).

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Spin, spin, sugar.

The Netherlands' Studio Martijntje Cornelia (Martine Poot) brings us cotton candy rings!


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Silver candy ring by Australia's Tara Wimhurst.



Also admiring:

Bronze potato chip brooch by South Carolina's Catie Curran.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Germany's Sofia Beilharz.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Every cloud is a silver (or gold) lining in the world of Australia's Natalie Marie.


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Cloud ring by Ohio's Arbotique Designs (Jen Nelson).


Also admiring:

"Cumulus" brooch by Kathleen Faulkner of Washington state.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Faux-jewel photo (fauxto?) rings by Odinski Jewels (the Netherlands' Sonja Hunefeld), who also has a chunky gemstone "Knockers" series as well as pieces made from teacup parts.


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Solitaire silhouette ring by New York's Cyclical Industry.


Also admiring:

Jewellery with hidden photos by Norway's Inger Blix Kvammen.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Check out Thailand's Eleven44 (Linda Morkos) for lots of big, bold jewellery, including castings of wasps nests (shown above) and durian.


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"Basis" honeycomb ring by Norway's Linn Sigrid Bratland.



Also admiring:

Cast honeycomb necklace by North Carolina nutrionist and beekeeper Amy Hager.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Israel's Urban Raven (Shiran Tal) found a world of inspiration when she came upon her brother's old stamp collection. From Magyar dinosaurs to Omani fish, she turns the well-travelled little pieces of art into vibrant jewellery.


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Swiss postage stamp ring by New Mexico's Postali Jewelry (Kelsey Norris).



Also admiring:

Stamp earrings by New Zealand's Firecracker Studio (Katherine Bertram).

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Croatia's Mist Forms (Valentina Stepan & Zoran Kranjčec).


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Borrowed Landscapes" rings by the UK's Nuri Lee.


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Geometric cut-out ring available at Minnesota's Lemon Drop Boutique.


Also admiring:

Bracelet from Hong Kong's Little Bisous.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Now that it's past Labour Day, it's the unofficial start of autumn. Get in the mood with these refined rings that mix coarse natural elements with sleek swoops. Rings by Poland's 1618 (Przemysław Wańczyk).


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Moscow-born, Israel-based Tanya Chernov also has lots of nice twigs & botanicals.


Also admiring:

Brooches by Israel's Hadas Levin.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Quit making mistakes! Buy them instead. I love the cut-out designs from French jeweller Marine Mistake.


Bonus link:

Cut-out ring by Toronto's Samantha McAdams.



Also admiring:

Cut-out earrings by Seattle's Nikki Jacoby.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Though reminiscent of anemones, these pieces also remind me of some toy from my childhood I can't quite put my finger on. While I ponder that, visit UK-based Chinese jeweller Wanshu Li and "Go with the Glow."


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"Glow" ring by California's Indo-Love (Keeley Rogers).



Also admiring:

Glow-in-the-dark fox pendant by Germany's Edel Confetti (Eva Lisette Zahneissen).

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Japan's Kaho Inoue.


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Did you know the precise name for this type of level is "spirit level" because that tinted liquid is usually alcohol? Not because it does a spirited job of making sure things are even? Although I'm sure they're always very enthusiastic and team-oriented? Check out the "Balanced?" series by Israel's Judith Sitbon.


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Tape measure ring by the UK's Emily Margaret Hill.



Also admiring:

Wrenches necklace by Florida's Maite Iribaren.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I like how these rings don't just stack, they nest. Nesting is satisfying. Nesting has my endorsement. Check out North Carolina's Evidence Jewelry (Katie McGinnis) for more.


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Three-piece stacking friendship ring by Nevada's Anna Bee (Anna Swonetz).



Also admiring:

Nesting rings pendant by Illinois jeweller Carrie Fosbinder.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

For a bit of fun distraction, visit North Carolina's Shekhtwoman (Ola Shekhtman) and play a round of "name that skyline."


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Stackable "city skyline" rings by New York's B.L. Palum (Barry Palum).



Also admiring:

Skyline necklace by Tennessee's m.florita (Marrah Florita).

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fluid forms from LACE (L.A. architect Jenny Wu).


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Ring by the Netherlands' Atelier Merique (Mirjam Hullen).



Also admiring:

Brooch by Pennsylvania's Andie Winemiller.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Spain's Sandra Llusà.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Soft colours on rugged shapes, with just a touch of quirk: there's not a ton of photos but I love everything posted by New Zealand's Camille Walton (especially the earrings!).


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Chunky faceted pastel ring by Israel's OxanaPash (Oksana Pashkevich).



Also admiring:

Pastel wood earrings by Australia's Maclatchy (Rebecca Maclatchy).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One look and I knew these glossy chunks of resin were Italian! Check out Arkimia — especially the SS16 collection, full of resort-ready yellows and azures.


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"Dew drops" ring by Sharra Pagano, also of Italy.



Also admiring:

Resin bangles by Italy's no.nu (RajanTolomei).

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Monday, August 22, 2016

These "Nonsense" rings by Taiwan's Yun Yun Sun (a self-described "fashion icon and socialite") bring to mind those unfortunate "Asian" tattoos both procured and inked by the uninformed — you know, the ones where they think it says "wisdom" but it actually says "potato." Don't go looking for "Joy," because these rings actually say things like "I'm a shopaholic" and "Cut the crap"!


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"Back Off" sweetheart ring by California's Alisa Michelle.



Also admiring:

"Hello" pendant by Utah's Heidi Swapp, for Littefield Lane.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Rings from the "Pounding Memories" series, in which "the material goes through a severe trauma," resulting in jewellery that "makes you want to take a closer look through all the battled layers." Also, there is cat hair. Lots of cat hair. Visit Israel's Margut (Margarita Rudinshtein).


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Anvil-and- hammer ring by Israel's Itai Lustgarten.



Also admiring:

Anvil necklace by New York's Roxy Becofsky.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Germany's Thanh Truc Nguyen (I'm obsessed!).


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An achromatic assortment from Spanish jeweller Jordi Aparicio.


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Rings by German jeweller Anja Geiling.




Also admiring:

Porcelain "candy" necklace by Bulgaria's Yana Tankovska.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


When I came upon these rings, I happened to be listening to Speak's "Heavy Metal War" — an apt title and not a bad soundtrack for checking out the exciting jewellery of Ireland's Pierce Healy.


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Riveted ring by French jeweller Lucie Tales.



Also admiring:

Earrings by Delaware's Aryal Ames.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

It's not just knit leather — it's "pattern, rhythm, order, contrast." Check out Indiana's Brooke Marks-Swanson.


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"Bubble" rings by French jeweller Yannick Mur.



Also admiring:

Knit wire pendant by Poland's Frou Frou (Jolanta Gazda).

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Step 1: Build giant urban air purifier.

Step 2: Purify air.

Step 3: Gather smog.

Step 4: Compress smog.

Step 5: Make rings!

Read about the fantastic Smog Free Project by visiting its creator, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde.


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"Earth and Moon" ring by Maryland's Yūgen Tribe.



Also admiring:

Jewellery made of ocean debris by Hawaii's Nurdle in the Rough (Kathleen Crabill).

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Japan's Kohta Takahashi.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Five in a Flash: Simple, Right?
Above: ring by n+a new york (Japanese sisters Noriko and Akiko Sugawara).


"Kirea" cut-out ring by Germany's Mies Nobis.


"Archetype" ring by New York's Sun + Glory (Annie Rocchio).


Pip rings by Poland's Anna Ławska.


"Spectre" ring by Romania's Oval Oval.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cast from starfish and sharkteeth, inspired by fishscales and waves, these are the siren songs of North Carolina's Merewif, whose name comes from an Old English term for "sea witch."


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Mermaid ring by Spanish jeweller Susan Suell.




Also admiring:

Necklace by the UK's William Floyd Maclean.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Recycled skateboard rings by Chile's Rubrum.

They also do other jewellery and planters, so your fingers can match your windowsills!


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Skateboard ring by the UK's BoardThing, who also make herb grinders!



Also admiring:

Skateboard sunglasses by 7PLIS of France.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

To read the story behind these rings...

...and see a whole lot more, visit Denmark-based Lithuanian jeweller Egle Silko.


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Cloisonné enamel ring by Lithuania's Nikoloz Gamkhitashvili.



Also admiring:

Glass bubble necklace by Lithuania's Laura Daili.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Estonian artist Maria Valdma.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Worth blabbing about: Vancouver's Secret Wood.


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Wood and copper rings by New York's Fallon Wong.



Also admiring:

Driftwood necklace by Eliane Amalric of France.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

When it's too hot outside for your everyday chunky knuckleduster, you want this slim version in cool white porcelain.

Of course, the other rings are plenty cool, too. Check out New York's Ming Yu Wang (Jennifer Wang).


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More simple, chunky metal from Germany's Monomania.



Also admiring:

Porcelain pendant by Bulgaria's Velislava Bozhinova.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

I don't think I'd ever seen Japanese...

...Russian...

...and Inuit motifs all in the same place at once before I stumbled upon French jeweller Stéphanie Deydier.


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Japanese lacquer rings from Loto Subterra.




Also admiring:

Japanese meisen fabric bracelet by nuf design (Spain-based Yumi Kato).





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