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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dollies and their dresses: "Trapped" ring by Georgia-based Carla Farfan...

...and more from Japan's Ahcahcum Muchacha.



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"Charming Eye" ring by Greek jeweller Dolly Boucoyannis.



Also admiring:

Anime doll cluster necklace by Japan's MeMe (Yukari Nakagawa).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some nice spores, pods and oxidation from Anna Fatovich of Greece.



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Find lots more organic metal at New York-based Ariko Jewelry (Yuko Matsumura).



Also admiring:

Seed pod necklace by California's Jewelry by Naomi (Naomi Tratar).

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Simple and loopy: qualities that don't make for the sharpest person, but that do make for great rings. Check out the UK's Dorota Todd.



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More loopy rings from the UK's Jo Lavelle.



Also admiring:

Cloud necklace by Oregon's Loop Jewelry (Lauren Greenwalt).

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Though I'm able to eat chicken eggs, quail eggs absolutely creep me out. I can't explain it. Perhaps the problem is that they keep being presented as something to eat rather than something to wear, like these resin cuties From the designer behind Japan's Yumemeland.



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This desert rose ring resembles a stack of broken eggshells! By Montreal's Evelyne b.



Also admiring:

Bacon, eggs & toast earrings, in glass, by Seattle's Jessica Landau.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

These charming little rings aren't just a series of cubes and pyramids.

They're little skylines! The non-rings are equally charming, so go check out the whole collection from Italy's Gi (Ginevra Dondina).



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More geometry from the UK's Joli Joli Jewellery.



Also admiring:

Little cubes from Belgium's Dominique Lietaert.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

We're already more than halfway through April. As I ponder, uncomfortably, the quickening sands of time, enjoy the "Passing" series by Chinese artst Xin Liu (currently an MFA candidate at RISD). To fully appreciate these rings — which bring to mind Tibetan sand painting — you must check out the quick video.



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Pink sand-in-resin ring by Bermuda's La Garza Bermuda (Tara Cassidy).



Also admiring:

"Decreasing Moments" from "Slipping Time" by Belgium's An Jonckers.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Going traditional today, with the classic "fine gems and gold" routine, but the results here are not at all ordinary. I was immediately struck by the gorgeous colours of these stones so it was no surprise to read this in the designer's bio:

Brooke hand selects specific gemstones for their outstanding beauty and soul. For Brooke, a perfect stone also has to evoke an emotional reaction. Her well developed eye and search for stones with special qualities often reveals overlooked gems whose depth of color and unique characteristics attract the intuitive wearer.

To see the collection, visit L.A.-born, London-based Brooke Gregson.



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Aquamarine + mini-diamond ring by Japan's Cahier.



Also admiring:

Pretty amethyst stud by Japan's Bororo (Akiko Akachi).

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I don't know if there's a single word to describe this fluted, radial, star-polygonal style, but I love the distinctive look that the UK's Flora Bhattachary has developed in her jewellery. (Anyone else have a sudden craving for Bundt cake?)



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More fluting in this ruins-inspired pillar ring by COMPLETEDWORKS (UK siblings Anna & Mark Jewsbury).



Also admiring:

Bundt cake necklace by Austria's Pioline (Pia Zonsits).

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This ring accurately reflects my feelings about it, key word being "reflect." The text is in reverse because it's a rubber stamp! So. Cute.

Get your own stempelring from Germany's KIZZU.



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More stamp rings from California's Matters of Delight (formerly Plastique).



Also admiring:

Ceramic "Stamped & Sealed" pendants by the Netherlands' Kiki van Eijk.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

You don't have to give up grains to go paleo — just pick up some of these bone and "modern primitive" rings by the UK's Rachel Entwistle.



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More modern primitive styles from French jeweller Pascale Monvoisin.



Also admiring:

Skull-and-arrow pendant by Elkin (London's Eliisa Makin).

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Taiwanese artist Ching-Chih Wu creates beautiful "micro sculptures" with a focus on enamel. If you like cellular, organic forms and pretty objects, you know what to do.



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A row of enamelled and gold-plated poppies from Greek jeweller Emmanuela Alevizopoulou.



Also admiring:

More organic enamel from Virginia's Carli Holcomb.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

These rings are impressive. Literally. In Belgian jeweller Kaat De Groef's own words: "Instead of making a print in sealing-wax, these signet rings make a print directly into the skin of the wearer, as an identification of the jewellery designer."



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Mermaid signet ring by LHN Jewelry (New York-based Brit Lewis Williams).



Also admiring:

Pendants with matching signet rings by the UK's Effra.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

These rings rule...

...by any measure. Check out Paris-based Peruvian designer Diego Delgado-Elias.



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Brass ruler ring by Vermont's Rackk and Ruin (Molly Conant).



Also admiring:

Brooch with measuring tape by UK enamelist Ashley Heminway.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I own a pair of Kyoko Hashimoto earrings and even that's small consolation for the fact that I don't own any of her punchy rings. The Australian jeweller combines brass (both powder-coated and not) with polyurethane drops to make these "Double Scoop" rings.



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Prefer single scoop, with toppings? Ice cream ring by Japan's Teatime in a Birdcage.



Also admiring:

Iced cookie pendants by Japan's Jardim (Marina Ishii).

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Monday, April 6, 2015

These rings are made of Corian, which is often used in kitchen decor, which makes me think of home renovations, which reminds me of the drywall fiasco I've been enduring for three weeks, which makes me want to pull a George Michael. "Way to make it about you, Alice!" the UK's Sophie Thomas might say.



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Clear, non-Corian acrylic from Polish jeweller Ela Piętak.



Also admiring:

Colourful acrylic from Japan's 4ma4ma ("ShimaShima").

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Friday, April 3, 2015


Even a corrupt figure skating judge would have to give these rings a 237.61 (or whatever a perfect score is under that new points system). For more, visit Pennsylvania's Peter Antor, whose work "embraces [his] passion for architecture and jewelry."



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Architectural house ring by Toronto's VenusVelvet (Carolyn Jankovskis).



Also admiring:

Architectural plaster brooches by the UK's Abbie Williams.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

I can't believe I lived during a time when a storage capacity of 1.44MB was actually useful. Nowadays? Those floppy disks are good for one thing only: making rings. Check out these recycled disk and plexiglas rings by Belgium's Ilke Matthys!


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Go back even further to the Iron Age with these rings from Vivasmith (Toronto's Deborah Vivas).



Also admiring:

Disc pendant by Oregon's McKenzie Mendel.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Go for the monochrome.

But stay for the spectrum.

Whether you prefer the stark palette of the "Citi;zen" Corian rings or the range of hues in their other collections, there's tons to love when it comes to Lithuania's OkiikO (graphic designer Laura Tulaite and architect Eivaras Rastaukas).


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Rings lined on the inside in black-and-white or colour, by Japan's Makoto Tojiki.



Also admiring:

More black, white and colour from Australia's Kristen Nicole.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The world is not your oyster.

The world is your ring! Rhode Island-based Chinese artist Anqi Li turns the world (or at least the ground beneath your feet) into a ring with her installed shanks. It's part of her "Ringless Fiction" series; check her site for more!


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Glass planet Earth rings by Japan's Jóia de Lequio.



Also admiring:

Map necklace by Japan's Hitomi Hashimoto (can you identify the country?).

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Monday, March 30, 2015


I've never seen Jaws but I know where to go if I ever want to recreate the film with handpuppets. Check out "Bite" by Rhode Island-based Catherine Lee.


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"Bite Me" cast molar ring by Sweden's Matilda Kästel.



Also admiring:

Molar tooth necklace by Alxndra (London illustrator Alexandra Cook); no longer available.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

A Friday Five in a Flash first: instead of five designers, all today's rings are by one sole person. There was just too much for a standard post! So let's begin. Above: fold-it-yourself plastic "Compo" box rings.


"Letters"


"FACEtoFACE"


"Mooove"


"Tříbarev" (Three Colours)

See all the above and more by visiting Czech jeweller Tereza Pavúčková.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Now that's my kind of bird. Page through the blog of Osaka's Zazie (Teruo Ueda) and you'll find lots of metalwork with anatomical and Japanese motifs, including the kanji rings above (bird, dog and fox, going counterclockwise from top).


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"Heart" ring by Japan's Factory Eden.




Also admiring:

Letter-carrying bird pendant by Japan's a.A.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Art jewellery and objects by L.A.-based Hannah Woodward, the person behind Adacus.


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More leather: belt rings from Thai Holy Cow, based in Ireland.



Also admiring:

Leather ribbons necklace by Greek jeweller Eleanna Katsira.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

These rings may look simple but you knew there was a "but" coming. "Bless Me From Dark" is a pair of whistle and lamp rings (notice the little wick) "made for when I walk on the streets late at night alone. They give me peace of mind [and] comfort me on my journey through the dark." That "I" is South Korean SCAD grad So Young Kim, who has several series well worth checking out!


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When not in danger, you can blow into this pan flute ring by Oregon's Beach Bones.



Also admiring:

The UK's Biluo Liu has lots more jewellery you can blow into.

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Monday, March 23, 2015


As I sit and write about these Corvus corone rings, the crows outdoors are cawing in the fog, plotting wickedly. (Or maybe just shopping for a hostess gift. You can never tell. That's what makes them so evil.) If you love the feel of wandering into an antique shop, check out Japan's V. Sabrina and their assortment of curiosities.


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Another talon ring, this time from Spain's Inés Susaeta.



Also admiring:

Quail eggshell mosaic earrings by New York's Sara Glaberson.

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Friday, March 20, 2015


What's even cooler is that there's a matching headpiece and bottompiece, all kinetic.


Visit Hong Kong's Playback Concept (Chan Po Fung) for industrial jewellery, as well as myriad interesting art pieces. (Each photo on the site links to its own section, so click away!)


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Gold screw wedding band by New York's OroSpot.



Also admiring:

Timing belt jewellery by the Netherlands' Luc Daamen.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cute alert: a cat and kitty ring for a parent and child!

Check out Japan's Ikuko Matsuo for a blast of colourful quirkiness that'll have you going:


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Not to be outdone are these puppy rings by Japan's Zui Design.




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Not sure if you can top windsurfing cats, though. To see tons more, visit Japan's Mishinotakukanito.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How do you like to dress your pasta? Red sauce? White sauce?

French jeweller Marie Debrinay likes to dress them with a dash of anthropomorphism so that they become veritable "characters." That's definitely some friendly farfalle.


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For dessert, say "I Do" to this cupcake engagement ring sculpture by Ohio's Kristen Cliffel.



Also admiring:

More carbs: croissant pin by Japan's Sae+Sumi Koru (Sae Hamada).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

These "Fictional Diamond" rings are part of a larger body of work by the UK's Laurie Schram, an artist who likes to turn coins on their heads — no, wait, tails! Here's a peek:


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For super pretty rings with non-fictional diamonds, see Japan's Kataoka.



Also admiring:

Pendant with disassembled diamond ring by Israel's Ya Jewelry (Abigail Youdim).

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Five in a Flash, All Tied Up, starting with these pleasingly thick matte metal rings by Germany's Knotenschmuck.


Sailor's love knot rings by Oregon's Nested Yellow (Anna Vasquez).


Silver rope rings by Germany's Juliane Noack.


Chinese knot ring by Chinese knot jeweller Yuxin Yang.


One final rope ring from Italy's Enrica Prazzoli.


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Friday, March 13, 2015


Sentences. Can't even form them. The UK's Joanna Bury lasercuts perspex to create these etched-glass-like beauties. Love.


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Seaglass ring by the UK's Elizabeth Score.



Also admiring:

Fused glass and metal earrings by Illinois' Etta Kostick.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

How do you wear this on your finger?

With a little help.

Seattle's Nina Raizel explores "the spaces between two bodies" in her "Tandem" collection.

You go check her out now, you hear?


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This ring uses its own two hands to carry the ball! By South Carolina's Omnia Oddities.



Also admiring:

A cluster of balls by Italy's Jamais Sans Toi.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You can already tell by these rings that Israel's Adi Lev doesn't do conventional jewellery. But her "Shape of Ink" collection is where she truly shines (just not literally, because it's all black). Here's a sneak peek:


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More black: recycled inner tubes from the UK's Clare Hannigan.



Also admiring:

Brooch with black patina by Irish jeweller Miriam Wade.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If yesterday showed one way to have time on your hands, here's another, sort of. Olivia M. Suffern's "Jason Bear" ring, from her "Childhood Toys" series, allows her to wear a reminder of another time in her life.

Also from that series is this cool "Printer's Board" ring; visit her site for more.


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My own childhood bears looked more like this Sanrio Rilakkuma ring, produced by Hong Kong's Lukfook.



Also admiring:

Japan's Port Rara has tons of kitschy toy and candy jewellery.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Never be without time on your hands. Or, at least, tiny imprints of the integers one through twelve, arranged in numerical order, which is just as good.

All rings above from "Perceptions of Time" by UK jeweller Chloe J Mellen — visit her site for more.


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Crazy about eights? Spain's Soul88Gallery has you covered in them.



Also admiring:

Coordinates necklace by Australia's Celia Davey.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

These rings, made of wires and LEDs, don't just talk the talk.

They walk the watts.

Put a little jolt in your day and check out Moscow native Leonid Dementiev.


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Red light bike reflector ring by Color Treasures of Greece.



Also admiring:

LED pendant by Germany's Section9Gear.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

I like how these matte, two-tone rings are classic but not run-of-the-mill. See more at Japan's Uma Jewel.


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I'm also liking the modern classic style of DC's Jimin Jamie Park.



Also admiring:

Modern, matte metal from the UK's Sarah Straussberg.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I thought these were made of wood. Turns out they're actually paper... which is made from wood. So was I really wrong? Yes. Check out these rings and more by visiting the UK's Sylvia Zhang.


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"Paper Folds" stacking silver rings by California's Bless the Theory.



Also admiring:

31 Bits has recycled paper jewellery made by women in Uganda.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I like how the inspiration here isn't immediately obvious, but is un-seeable once you hear it: the UK's Nicola Chan based these rings on the pommel of a sword, turning something with a long masculine tradition into a design for women.


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Knife ring by Greek jeweller Potnia.



Also admiring:

Sword necklace by New York's Dueling.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

It's been a while. It's time. It's Five in a Flash. First up is this trio of translucent horn rings by Scottish jeweller Terri Campbell.


Shiny U rings by the UK's Uribe (Sion & Tiffany Phillips).


Ovary planter ring by the UK's Zixinhui Zhao.


Masked cat ring from cute French jeweller Hop Hop Hop.


Oxidized copper whole-hand ring by Hazel Clarrie Baker of Wales.






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