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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I hate having to say "the rings don't do the collection justice" but, sometimes, it's the inescapable truth. Visit Japan's Omaruhouse (Yusuke Maruyama) and enter a world of miniature houses atop pots, vessels, boxes and more (click "blog" on his site and then scroll all the way down on the photos page).


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House-shaped seaglass ring by Connecticut-based Mariel Mejia.



Also admiring:

House and fence earrings by Rhode Island's Analiese Stinson.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Allsorts are really great if your name is Satan and you're throwing a "Welcome to Eternal Hell and By the Way It Smells Like Licorice Here 24/7" party. I think black, white and pink candy does much better as jewellery than as food, as evidenced by these polymer "Candy Crush" rings.

For more fun and colour, visit Belgium's BAR (aka Break a Rule, by Barbara Deriemaeker).


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Candy rings by Japan's ame ame ("candy candy," aka Akane Saito).



Also admiring:

"Blue Candy" brooch in silver and plastic by Finland's Kaisa Logren.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

To me, these rings are what Cleopatra would wear if she'd lived through the Art Deco movement. If my skin weren't such a stupid allergic dumb-dumb, I'd be buying up the entirety of this collection — earrings, bracelets and necklaces included — from New York's Wanderluster (Rammy Lee Park).


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Australia's Wanderlust + Co. has a wide variety of cute, trendy pieces.



Also admiring:

"Arrows of Change" copper bracelet by California's Whims of Wanderlust.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Get a feel for German metalsmith Christja Tritschle, inspired by the textures and shapes of sharks, eucalyptus, tentacles and more.


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New York's Joey J. (Joanne Joseph) has lots more blackened, texturized silver.



Also admiring:

Blackened, reticulated silver pendant by California's Marja Germans Gard.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Spontaneous Observation" rings, in silver and cold enamel, from a collection inspired by Paul Klee. Visit Italian jeweller Chiara Cavallo for conceptual but wearable works in a variety of materials.


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Francesco Coda is another Italian jeweller with rings inspired by an artist (Basquiat).



Also admiring:

Mondrian-inspired Lego pendants by California's Creative Playware.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Perspex, white plastic, and petals galore from Taiwanese jeweller Ying Jen Wang.


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Double petal ring by the UK's Beth Slayden.




Also admiring:

Gorgeous porcelain petals by Michigan's Blake Jamison Williams.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

At first glance, you might think you're looking at some Ted Noten "Miss Piggy" rings, but... look again. It's actually a cheeky homage to the famous designer. For more, see Germany's Daniel Michel.

Above, the Ted Noten original, with Miss Piggy alive and well.


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Silver "FlowerPig" ring by Japan's Yamamoto Works (Makoto Yamamoto).




Also admiring:

Flying pig pendant by China's HXStudio (who have lots of great animals, among other things).

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Friday, July 17, 2015

I have a soft spot for embroidered silver rings because the first ones I saw (by Corina Rietveld, about a decade ago) are some of the first rings I remember getting spinning-Homer-excited about. For more of the above, check out Italian jeweller Elena Franceschetti and her CUCù collection.


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Macramé and crystal ring by Japan's Anudo.




Also admiring:

Spool-of-thread necklace by Japan's Coccica (Kaya Nishimura).

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Portugese-born, Finland-based Carlos Alves Ludovico considers tools to be like jewellery for handcrafters. "They are proud of collecting tools, caring, showing, and having them like an extension of their own body." Thus was born his "Sherralheiro" collection, in which pieces of workshop tools are joined together by magnets.


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Wrench ring with citrine by California's Emmy MacKenzie.



Also admiring:

Camping tool charms by Japan's Hasha (Takao Hashimoto).

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Can you guess the inspiration behind these rings?

Perhaps if they were arranged like this? UK artist Justyna Kus used walnut and white ash, then attached enamelled metal with little screws, to create these "Painted Ladies," based on the famous San Francisco rowhouses.


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Chrysler Building ring by the UK's V Jewellery.




Also admiring:

"Paris/Berlin" pin by Portugal's Estefânia Rodrigues de Almeida.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Germany's PatchK captures the true essence of cats and dogs — first in his drawings, then in silver and paint.


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"Miauuu" cat ring by Germany's Schmucke Sachen (Dirk & Susi Heilig).



Also admiring:

More adorable animals (like these pig earrings) from Japan's Icelolly.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

While the "Eurydice" collection features some beautiful and elegant pieces...

...I'm particularly charmed by the series based on retail tags. Check out the UK's Niomo (Nina Khazani & Mona Thahoura Hadinejad).


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Phoenix ring by Australia's Venice Jewellery.



Also admiring:

Cupid & Aphrodite wax seal pendant by Vancouver's Pieces of II.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

If you need a weekend escape, explore the mind of Chinese artist Jiangliu Dong. There's plenty to discover, including these "One Sand - One World" rings made of amber, brine, salt, oil and more. Inspired by amber from the ocean, they "reflect the mysterious million-years journey."


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Wooden ring with Hawaiian sand by Russia's Wood and Root.



Also admiring:

Spinning hourglass by North Carolina's Grant Robinson (who also has push-puppet pendants!).

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Metals, mixed, by Colombia's Joyas Thea (Adriana Almeida-Meza).


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Metals, mixed and stacked, by Spain's Frikkia.



Also admiring:

Metals, mixed and minimalist, by Michigan's BloomingOak Design.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Some more barnacle-like rings today, with added kelp. I love the colours and shapes used by German jeweller Michaela Köppl.


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Seaweed and barnacle rings by New York's Hannah Guerin.



Also admiring:

Barnacle earrings by the UK's Chalk Designs (Charlotte Yeo).

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Imagine that you took a sleepy, Mediterranean fishing village, shook the whole thing up in a jar, then created rings with the resulting parts. Well, you don't have to imagine, because this is what they'd look like. Check out Argentina's Cecilia Hecker and her collection of quirky pieces featuring weathered wood, barnacle-like protrusions, and textiles. (And only after I wrote this did I read that the wood actually does come from old boats!)


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Fishbone ring by Montreal's Sonia Imbeault.



Also admiring:

Must-see! Simply stunning "plankton" brooches by Taiwanese artist Cai-Xuan Wu.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Sandwiching the weekend with Greek jewellers — this time, it's Zeta Tsermou and her "Inner Core" collection. As she puts it:

Inspired by architecture, this collection exposes the inner core of the jewellery piece free of its outer shell. The core is the heart of the piece; the core can be rough, the core defines the shape, the core is where the essence of beauty is hidden.


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"Eccentri" ring by the UK's Joanne Garner.



Also admiring:

"Scribble" necklace by Australian graphic designer Hayley Sharplin.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Cubes and tubes: no two shapes are more orthographically similar yet geometrically opposed. And no two shapes look lovelier in the hands of Greek jeweller Erato (Erato Kouloubi).


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Cube ring with cutouts by Israel's Patricia Nowogrodski.



Also admiring:

Knit tube necklaces by Oregon's Kayla Mattes.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

I really like opals, and I really like the simple treatment they get from Blydesign (Katie Bly).

Visit the North Carolina jeweller for more, including cute metalwork and pieces with moonstone.


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Sweet little opal ring by New York's Theresa M. Lee.



Also admiring:

Opal bead pendant by California's Jennifer Will.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

That wood/resin fusion, that cool colour palette — these rings are my happy place. To see much more (with an emphasis on gorgeous pendants), visit London-based Ejing Zhang.
(p.s. - Happy Canada Day!)


Bonus link:

Resin bands from Japan's Yurian Rose.




Also admiring:

Resin earrings by Japan's ooNe.





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