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Friday, February 5, 2016

If you only read my blog on Fridays, you might start to think this were a blog dedicated to circus jewellery. Arkansas metalsmith Carrie Crocker is the artist behind these "Human Cannonball" rings, as well as other fantastic objects like circus-ticket tea strainers (obviously, a must-see).


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Pretzel ring by New York's Cirque Jewels.




Also admiring:

Trapeze artist necklace by California's Kim Eric Lilot.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

For Ring-Free Thursday #4, check out Norway's Annika Isaksson Pirtti. And I thought jewellery got under my skin! Do not visit if you're particularly squeamish (though I am, and it didn't bother me too much).


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Some lovely sculptural rings in nylon and durus by Pennsylvania's Natalie Kerrigan.


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More nylon and durus from Desiree Cavalancia, also of Pennsylvania.



Also admiring:

Nylon and durus bracelet by Ohio's Colleen C. Terry.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"BLNK is a ring for those who question what rings are and how they are meant to be seen." So says Georgia's Joshua Dycus, who designed this piece to be worn more like a finger cuff than an encircling ring.


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Silver finger cuff by New York's Katya Bassil.




Also admiring:

"Genus" cuff by South Africa's Kirsten Goss.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cast...

...or woven, Oregon's Oru (Agnieszka Zoltowski) turns to seed beads for inspiration.


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Seed bead ring by Minnesota's Iris Elm.



Also admiring:

Beaded snake bracelet by Greek jeweller Zoe Kompitsi.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

I like the circus-tentiness of these 3D-printed "Tribù" rings — but the show is all about the big top itself, not what's underneath the tent. For more, see Italian designer Matteo Zorzenoni.


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3D-printed ring by the UK's Miss J Designs (Olga Jaszewska & Anthony Taylor).




Also admiring:

3D-printed pendants, inspired by embroidery, by Bulgaria's Shevitza (Gergana Stankova).

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday round 3: I'm swooning for these resin brooches by the UK's Chie Mannami.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Japan's Siri Siri makes perfect perfect jewellery using glass, metal and frosted acrylic.


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More chunky facets from Austria's Alja Neuner.



Also admiring:

Faceted "Chunk" earrings by Winnipeg's Matti Martin.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

These rings speak the language of Cascadia: "Rainy Day Ring Pair" by Amanda Outcalt, an artist and metalsmith based in Virginia.


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Umbrella ring by California's Dabble Designs.



Also admiring:

Waterdrop necklace by Spain's Inma Perles.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

"Future Reflect" by Pennsylvania designer Amanda Matyas. Like what you see?


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Reflective "Orbit" ring by Japan's iLiLiP (Mayu Iwakami).



Also admiring:

Reflector brooch by Ireland's Jaki Coffey.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

My new favourite thing: Hong Kong-born Douglas Poon takes vintage Lucite and carves it in the style of antique glassware. (The bangles are especially gorgeous!)


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Antique glass ring from Illinois shop PenelliBelle.




Also admiring:

Jewellery made from antique photos by Arizona-based Amanda Scheutzow.

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Thursday, January 21, 2015


For the second installment of my new blog feature, Ring-Free Thursday, please check out "Yoga Pose" by Texas jeweller Younha Jung.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I've written and re-written an intro to this brick knuckleduster several times but nothing's come out right. I just realized — and I know it seems like I set this up deliberately, but I didn't — it's as though I've hit... a brick wall. A writer's block, even. See more by visiting Massachusetts artist Peter Evonuk.


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"Patio" ring in silver and brick by Momo Miyazaki of Illinois.




Also admiring:

"Brick Wall" pin by Pennsylvania's Heather S. Nuber.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some sweeping lines in metal and peacock feathers from New York-based Kate Dannenberg.


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Woven ring with long filaments by Australia's Jane Bowden




Also admiring:

Long-drop choker with feather-like porcelain pendant by New York's Titania Inglis.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Silver lines and loops by French jeweller Laura Essayie.


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A similar shape from Greek jeweller Thalia Maria Georgoulis.




Also admiring:

Loopy necklace by Czech jeweller Marie Silondi.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Five in a Flash: Brought to You By the Letter "S"
Above: "Sprouting" silver ring by South Korea's Youjin Koh.


Signet ring stamped "This is not a signet ring" by Germany's Laszlo Lepeda.


Sapphires in silver by Australia's Nina Baker.


Soundwave "I Do" wedding ring by California's Metal Wendler (Josh Wendler).


A spray of sprigs by the UK's Karen Elizabeth Donovan.

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Thursday, January 14, 2015

Welcome to a new blog feature: Ring-Free Thursday! Over the years, I've passed over so much jewellery I love simply because they weren't rings (great for them, not so great for a ring blog). Well, it stops here. Starting now, with:

Gorgeous pastel glass by Japan's Matsurica (Rie Furukawa).

She also makes rings! (All right, so I have to ease into this "Ring-Free" thing. There's always next week.)

p.s. - Please keep reading below, as yesterday's blog post somehow didn't make it onto the site until today!


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Wednesday, January 13, 2015

Are these rings? Or are they the manual remains of an android's endoskeleton? Only New York's Sylvie Lissa Alusitz knows for sure. (Probably rings, though.)


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Gold wire hand ring by New York's Mary MacGill.




Also admiring:

Hand necklace by New Zealand's Huni Sofia.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

B is for blue and B is for birchwood, which is what these rings, somewhat unexpectedly, are made of. Check out Émilie Mulcahey for an interesting and colourful portfolio.


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Blue bar ring by New York's Vaubel Designs.




Also admiring:

"Blue Creatures" pins by Greece's Hara Kourtali.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

At first glance, these look like silver rings resting on typical ring holders — but the cones are actually part of the rings themselves! Or ARE they? Is that why this collection is called "Cypher"? Find the answer, maybe, by visiting Australia's Carly Lay.


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Wooden ring holders by Missouri's Collin Garrity.




Also admiring:

Gold cone necklace by Israel's Berman Jewelers.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Welcome to the first post of 2016! Thanks for reading!

Of the hundreds of jewellers I've come across who were "inspired by landscapes," Massachusetts' Brie Flora is by far the inspired-by-landscapesiest. Do not miss the rest of this collection!


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Canadian landscape ring by Nova Scotia's Allyson Simmie.



Also admiring:

Woodcoal and resin pendant, inspired by frozen landscapes, by Slovakia's Lucia Plevová.

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Monday, December 21, 2015



⛄  Happy Holidays, Everyone!  ⛄
The blog will return in January after a short break.
As always, thanks for reading!


Many of us are probably doing a lot of shopping around now, even if it's just flour and butter for homemade cookies. That's why I'm going to end the year with the UK's Qiuyu Yang, whose "self-reflective journey" collections are "inspired by her hobby of clothes shopping" and a desire to "curb the buying 'addiction.'"

(Is it bad to ask where I can buy these?)


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"Luxury Bow 99p" ring by the UK's Kathleen Reilly.



Also admiring:

Stocking necklaces by playfully-named Kashimashi Omekashi (Japan's Yuka Kinugawa).

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash: Holiday Hues
Above: felted Santa hat ring by the UK's Rebecca Kemp.


Green deer ring by Belgium's mariekeN meeuwssen.


Red ring by Toronto's Marie-Eve G. Castonguay.


Green resin ring, for use in archery, from California's Cinnabar Bow.


Christmas cake ring by Hugs & Kisses of Greece.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

I didn't see any description for these rings but I'm getting a strong "inner workings of a sewing machine" vibe.

Visit New York-based Laurie J. Marshall for jewellery with an industrial touch.


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Sewing needle ring by Sweden's SilverBlueberry.



Also admiring:

Brooch, to be sewn onto clothing, by Finland's Nelli Tanner.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

From "Light, Shadow and Reflections"...

...to architectural rings...

...to this piece that gets its familiar shape from the "enter" key, I love the work of Czech jeweller Hana Polívková.


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Another squared ring by Germany's Achim Gersmann.



Also admiring:

"Hidden Shadow" brooch by the UK's Naomi Ni.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Real orange ring by Ohio's Rachel Suzanne Smith.

And real orange peel ring by Pennsylvania's Joshua Kosker. Be sure to visit both artists for lots more work, including copper lipsticks and brooches made with soap!


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Acrylic and amber ring by Poland's AmberVend.




Also admiring:

Orange slice earrings by Japan's Colorful Hand.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

"A Weapon or a Tool: Objects for the Hand" by Pennsylvania's Nash Quinn. If you like these, check out the dueling set!


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Gold feather ring by Danish jeweller Stine A (Stine A. Johansen).



Also admiring:

Arrow feather earrings by Arizona-based Danish jeweller Sofie Albertsen.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

These rings make a strong case for removing all crown jewels and replacing them with a coat of white.

See more by visiting Czech jeweller Maňa Berec.


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Blackened crown ring by Poland's Manari Design.



Also admiring:

Crown necklace by Louisiana's Beau & Stella (Marcie Banks).

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Slovakian jeweller Andrea Ďurianová explores architectural spaces, classically-cut stones, and (not shown here but possibly my favourite), horse legs. Go see for yourself!


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Diamond ring by Japan's Nibi (Shinpei Yoshida).




Also admiring:

Diamond earrings by Massachusetts' Irina Victoria.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

You'd do this, too...

...if your ring were made of sugar. (And silicone and resin, but did I mention the sugar?) Check out the UK's Rosie Kimber and watch her transform pink opals, pigments, plated metals and more.


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Non-edible crystal ring by Australia's Tooth and Claw (Rikki Moore).



Also admiring:

More crystals from the UK's Only Child (Kelly Jackson).

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Colombian jeweller Laura Alvarado asks:

What if an infinite story was to be written in German by 200 different people on a paper roll? And the same story was to be cut into tiny pieces and packed in a 10ml-glass? Or 360° of the story would be inside a jewellery piece in a brooch-form or in a ring or a long necklace... what if you could buy a poem by meter... Why not have a new way of telling a story, a creative interaction with an experience; so I did.

She also makes, a lot, so go check out her varied and interesting portfolio.


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Custom stamped "secret message" ring by California's Mercurios (Mary-Jo Peritore).



Also admiring:

Shakespearean sonnet jewellery by the UK's Red Kyte.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Estonian jeweller Anneli Oppar's spacer rings fashioned out of brass, paint and... wine shelves.


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Recycled wine cork ring by New Jersey's Olive Bites (Cat Ivins).



Also admiring:

Cork-studded "Braillecelet" by California's Jack da Silva.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

I absolutely love spinning tops and keep a few in a glass container on my shelf. Apparently, I should've been keeping them in my jewellery box.

Visit Estonian jeweller Annika Kedelauk for some seriously playful work.


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"Duett" rings with spinning outer by German jeweller Patrick Malotki.



Also admiring:

Plastic toy bracelet by French artist Carole Deltenre.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rings from the "Bagpipes & Memories" collection by Bulgaria's Dimitar Stankov. If you can't have bagpipes without a little haggis on the side, go on over to his "Newborn" collection, which features jewellery made of lamb tripe! (Think I can cram another Scottish stereotype into this post?)


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Tartan-inspired ring by New York's Ball and Chain Jewelry (Katrina Balling).



Also admiring:

"Sheeps Over the Gate" set by Norway's Hilde Dramstad, who has lots of fun pieces!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

These piled-up pigs (and the pin I couldn't resist posting) are part of a series representing the "farming of animals for food, excess and consumerism." But wait, there's more!, which you can see by visiting UK jeweller Caitlin Victoria Gregory-Thomas.


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"Angelic Piglet" ring by Slovenia's Sanda Vidmar.



Also admiring:

Flying pig necklace from the UK's Lily Charmed.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

German jeweller Beatrix Schmah's "Twins" series explores symmetry and asymmetry, contrasing concave and convex, open and closed shapes.


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Gemini ring by Las Vegas jeweller Micky Chase.



Also admiring:

Mayan calendar coin necklace by the UK's Twinface.





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