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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash: Tiny Touches of Blue. Above: double gem "Flip" ring by Cambodian-Australian jeweller Jane Heng.


"Wrap" ring by Japan's Muresi.


Enamelled stacking ring by Colorado's NellMarie.


Three-stone ring by Poland's Arpelc (Arkadiusz Pelc).


"Mini Granule" ring with sapphire by Australia's Marina Antoniou.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rings (and a bracelet) from UK jeweller Jan Rooney's "Japan" collection, inspired by the time she spent at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo. It's best to see the collection as a whole, so check out her site — and view her "India/Morocco" and "Mexico" collections while you're there, too.


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New Orleans native Suz Somersall also has a Morocco-inspired collection.



Also admiring:

Acrylic knot brooches by Japan's Kyoko Kurooka.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I haven't shown you much here but visit French artist Sébastien Carré (start with the "About" section) and I promise you will find a most striking collection with a most surprising inspiration!


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Black agate knuckleduster by UK jeweller Sanni Flakenberg.




Also admiring:

Gorgeous seedbead necklaces by Czech jeweller Katerina Handlova (must be seen full-size!).

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The only papier-mâché I have experience with involves popping a balloon at the end, so these floral beauties by Italy's PeggyArte are somewhat of a (quiet) revelation.


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Quilled paper ring by Paper Spirals of Greece.




Also admiring:

Paper bangles by Turkey's Perix (Tonka Zorluer).

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Japan's Jouet (Saki Nishisaka & Daichi Fuwa) just screams quiet understatement. So to speak.


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Another faceted metal ring by New York's Amy Kreiling.



Also admiring:

Earrings with pearls and facets by Japan's Aperites Design.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Likes its namesake object, Japan's Prism shows us all the colours.


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Glow-in-the-dark ring by KandiKookiez of Kansas.



Also admiring:

Porcelain pendant by Pennsylvania's StitchPrism (Kelly Anne Mifflin).

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The kara of "karate" and "karaoke" are the same Japanese word: "empty" (te is "hand" while oke is short for "orchestra"). Though pronounced differently, the kanji for kara is also the kanji for "sky" (sora). This has been another installment of Japanese Lessons You Never Asked For. Now please enjoy these "Empty" rings by Australia's Carl Noonan.


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Ouija planchette ring from the UK's Empty Casket Jewellery.




Also admiring:

"Full & Empty" pendant by Greek jeweller B | tal.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The "Balance" series "takes on the aesthetic of balance and weighing scales; intending to create sculptural objects for the body. Extra weighted forms can be added to the jewellery sections, both increasing the physical weight and value."

To see more, visit the UK's Emily Goodaker.


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"Balance" ring with moonstone by Idaho's Jamison Rae.



Also admiring:

"Balance" earrings by Arizona's Mara Friedland (who has lots of colourful pieces, as well).

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Silver and colour, sliced and squared, by Silvia Rossi of Italy. My favourite is the "Tuileries" collection — be sure to check it out!


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More rings with slices... of watermelon. By the UK's Sri McKinnon.



Also admiring:

Agate slice necklaces by the UK's Amanda Wakeley.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

These rings were inspired by branches — of the cardiac variety. Norwegian artist Nanna Melland used the lost wax technique, except with actual pig veins in lieu of the wax. As she says, "The rings become precious and wearable, contrary to the impermanent nature of flesh and stands as a reminder." Visit her site for much more.


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Pig ring by New Zealand's I Am WoRm.




Also admiring:

Glossy heart necklace by Germany's Marlene Beyer.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm getting a Philip Crangi vibe, which can only mean that I love these rings by Los Angeles jeweller Nancy Newberg. Every piece is modern but timeless, special but everyday-appropriate. There's more than just rings, so spend some time exploring!


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Another oxidized cagey ring from Spain's Berta Riera Ruiz.



Also admiring:

Black wooden pearl necklace by Sweden's Langaeble.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

I didn't think she made rings but, happily, I found these awesome pieces way at the end of Lucy Sarneel's gallery. While they're nice on their own, I was also glad to see them because they give me a reason to point you toward the Dutch artist's more recent work, a fantastic array of colour, wood and zinc. Here's a little preview:


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Chair ring by New York's Miss Ellie (Ellie Mathias).




Also admiring:

Miniature director's chair necklace by California's Nanette Jordan.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's guess-the-inspiration time again. Here's a hint: these rings might make good neighbours.

Yep: fences! Specifically, communist-era fences from Slovakia, where Jan Turzo grew up.


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Diamond picket fence band by Lebanese-born Sylva Yepremian of Sylva & Cie.



Also admiring:

3D-printed fence pendant by Indiana's Layers By Design.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I like that the nickname for "Dorothy" is "Dot." Sorry, Dor, you just weren't meant to be. For all the dots out there, here are some rings by Ohio's Emily R Studio (Emily Roetzel).


More dots from Pennsylvania's Wes & Gold (Wes Glebe).


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A sprinkling of dots from Brooklyn's Claire Kinder Studio.



Also admiring:

Brass "Barat" cuff by New York's Arcos (Allison Cannarsa).

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Monday, August 10, 2015

A Monday Five in a Flash, Holey Moly edition, starting with Taiwan's Min-Ling Hsieh


Glass "Mayu" ring by Japan's HARRYS (Koto Tsuchiya).


"KX" ring by Mexico's Tane.


"Ambre" ring by Denmark's Frk. Lisberg (Helle Lisberg).


Perforated rings by Brooklyn's Bond Hardware.


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Friday, August 7, 2015

One look at these and I'm convinced colour has no place in jewellery. Check out Greek jeweller Ioanna Souflia and her exquisite work in black gold, black diamonds and white marble.


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Another type of marble ring from Arizona's Got All Your Marbles?



Also admiring:

Stained glass diamond necklaces by Japan's Marblefab (Noemi Tajima).

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

The UK's Hoonik Chang "imagines a fictional princess whose repertoire of jewellery bridges the gap between contemporary luxury fashion and Korean custom." Be sure to check out the rest of the pieces, as well as the conceptual work!


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Jade ring by Korean jeweller Juefang Yang.




Also admiring:

Stunning paper jewellery by Jimin Kim, based on memories of growing up in South Korea.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Some more lacy metal today, but with a tougher vibe, from the UK's Carol Wiseman.


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White gold lace ring by Slovenia's Capucinne (Maya Rolc Majeric).




Also admiring:

Lace and metal earrings by Poland's Dorota Krzeszewsa.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Greek jeweller Maria Tsimpiskaki has a knack for making metals look fragile and delicate. And gorgeous.


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More lacy metal from the UK's Ebba Goring.




Also admiring:

Lacy bracelets from Cristina Cárdenas.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Greek designer Superlora (Ariadne Kapelioti) 3D-prints molecular jewellery based on circle theorems.

If you're more of an S than an M when it comes to STEM fields, she also has a collection based on the tilt of the earth's axis!


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3D-printed circle ring by Brooklyn's OBJCTS.




Also admiring:

Molecular earrings by Poland's Słyszę Jak Pachniesz.

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Friday, July 31, 2015


Whether making jewellery out of toilet paper or redefining parameters as shown above, South Africa's Gussie van der Merwe has a lot to say about value and meaning.


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A more conventional box ring from Rhode Island's Harmony Winters.



Also admiring:

Toronto artist Talwst's ring-box dioramas are a must-see!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

While the colour here looks uncannily like abalone shell, it's lacquer, applied by Japan's Sachiko Kuroda.


These rings, on the other hand, actually are mother-of-pearl. They're by Italy's Elisa Zanolla, whom you'll definitely want to visit for the sake of the animals. Animals like these:

You wouldn't deny those faces, would you?


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Pearl ring by Estonia's Monquer.




Also admiring:

Cool hexagon and pearl studs by Tennessee's Margaret Ellis.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When you start with rough, industrial pieces like this...

...you don't expect to wind up here. But that sort of surprise is par for the course when it comes to Israel's Yael Levin.


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Some more weathered, industrial looks from Sweden's John Arborgh.



Also admiring:

Weathered-looking enamelwork by California-based French designer Elise Preiss.

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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!)


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Resin bands from Japan's Yurian Rose.




Also admiring:

Resin earrings by Japan's ooNe.





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