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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kiss, kiss, kiss September goodbye.

For aliens, spikey hearts, speech bubbles and — yes — lots of lips, see Japan's Throw a Kiss.

And when you're done there, be sure to check out designer Musubi Aoki's other site to check out his prop styling and design work!



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Smiling lips on smiling rings by Japan's Tanje.



Also admiring:

Lippy earrings by Japan's 51goiti.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

I get a thrill out of neat rows. If they're rows of rings? Even better. Visit UK-based Youjin Nam to check out a bigger image of her "36 rings" and see how many materials you can identify. I think my favourites are the bendy straws and clothespins.



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Here are some rows on a ring by New York's Heart on Sleeve (Mark Thone).



Also admiring:

Row-of-clothespins brooch by Scotland's Silver-Rhi (Rhiannon MacGillivray).

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Friday, September 26, 2014

What can I say but great googly moogly. YQY Art Jewel (the UK's Qian Yang) takes broken porcelain dolls and repairs them with gold plated metal, creating, in the process, an amazing series of work. There are non-porcelain pieces, too — don't miss them!



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Porcelain insect ring by Amanda Kaiserman of France.



Also admiring:

Porcelain brooch by Germany's BLITZENblitzen (Linda Schuch).

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inspired by the Latin word for "dream," this line aims to bring a little fantasy into the everyday.

Check out Japan's Somnium (Izumi Ono).



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More white: resin break- apart ring by Bulgaria's Polina Dimitrova.



Also admiring:

Porcelain & silver bangle by the UK's Jo McDonald.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Despite my ring collection and a perhaps immoderate number of black tank tops (because straps like this are totally different from straps like that), I am essentially a minimalist. Polish jeweller Agata Bieleń's stainless steel pieces are right up my sparsely-decorated alley.



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More minimalism from the UK's Maya Magal.




Also admiring:

Bangle by Florence-based Mikinora (Miki Nora Christopherson).

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I love every bit of these, from the tips of the quartz crystals down to the irregularly-cut shanks. UK jeweller Lois May Freestone designed them "to convey protection as strong architectural vessels. Each ring has six facets to emulate the natural geological form of the quartz it safeguards."



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"Crystal" ring made of resin by Australia's Alicia Hannah Naomi (formerly Drown Jewellery).



Also admiring:

Quartz pendant by California's Margaret Elizabeth (Meg Shackleton).

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Monday, September 22, 2014

There aren't a ton of pieces in the portfolio (yet) but I like what I see! Check out the shapes and spaces of Vancouver's Muraco Wolfe.



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More lightning from Montreal's The Angry Weather (Iveth Morales).



Also admiring:

Umbrella earring by Japan's uM (Keiko Uemura); cloud & sun also available.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Wood and resin has long been one of my favourite combinations — but when one side of the wood is left raw, it's a whole new ballgame. Like, it's not even a ballgame anymore, it's sticks and pucks. It's as great as hockey, is what I'm saying.

And if you like clean cuts, there's plenty of that, too. Head on over to BoldB (Australia-based German designer Britta Boeckmann) for scores of beautiful pieces.



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More raw wood and resin? It must be my lucky day. Ring by Germany's Dunger Design.



Also admiring:

Resin bangles by Lost Forest (Ireland's Gillian Corcoran).

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Three out of three jewellers agree: U-rings go best with horizontal bars. Above, top to bottom: rings by Spain's No tengo nada brillante (Cruz García), Italy's Flatwig (Francesca Avian & Erica Agogliati) and New York's Third Crown (Kofi & Kristin Essel).



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More from Brooklyn's Lyon (Lauren Bedford Russell).




Also admiring:

Necklace by Oregon's Chapter (Erica Brotzman).

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In "Exotic Aquatics," London-based Yein Chein Yeung imagines "vivid undersea species" with "a breathtaking combination of colours and details." Check out her site for an explosion of forms in glittery pastels.



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Underwater "Little Ocean" ring by Japan's La Ronde Des Fees.



Also admiring:

Ceramic boat brooches by the UK's Amos Denton.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dropping in today are some drops and dots. Above, top to bottom: dewy resin from Japan's Haruyuri, silver dot with drop outline by Turkey's Pinar Ilker, black and white painted drops by Spain's La vida cuelga de un hilo and silver braille ring by BC's Covet + Keep (Elea Hilliard).



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Glass dots by Germany's Vitreous Victoria.



Also admiring:

"Gouttes d'Or" drop earrings by Ohio's Océanne (Anne Harrill).

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Haven't embraced the look of twotone metals? How 'bout if the two tones are both silver? The UK's Rita Rodner uses silver patina to her decorational advantage, creating stripes and other designs on her geometric jewellery.



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I love the modern twotone jewellery of Seattle's KnuckleKiss (Angela Delarmente).



Also admiring:

Silver & platinum cuff by Swiss jeweller Andreas Ladner.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


I wonder if this counts as an "ice" bucket challenge. In his "Splash" collection, UK-based Beau Han Xu was inspired by "the sensation of how a diamond splash would feel on the skin." Check out his site to watch the video!


[Sorry, both sites below seem to have gone offline since I originally wrote the post!]


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Splash ring by Japan's Artrick (Shinsuke Ikeuchi & Natsumi Kaneko).



Also admiring:

Splashy bracelets by New York designer Anna Vander Molen.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rings with the kind of whimsy you'd expect from someone who christened himself "Max Danger," from the Danish artist Niels Sigsgaard.



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More fun (and danger!): dinosaur ring from Japan's Cuvee.




Also admiring:

Fun emoticon brooches by Germany's Michaela Donsbach.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A ring so jam-packed with opulence, it's no wonder it's from "The September Issue"!

Then there's "Wynona [sic] Ryder," inspired by a Bulgari ring allegedly stolen by Winona Ryder. Both pieces by Anya Kivarkis, an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon.


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"Vogue" ring by New York costume designer Patricia Field (of SatC fame).



Also admiring:

Earrings made with magazine paper by India's Paperica (Gayathri Ganesh).

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Aside from a string of letter Zs, I've never seen a visual representation of snoring before, but I have to say this really captures it. "Grandma's Snoring Sound" is the title of this silver and silicone ring set that comes with its own box. For a lot more non-snore-worthy silver and blue, visit UK-based Hanxun Qiu.


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"Sleeping Beauty" ring by UK-based Jessie Western, sisters who grew up on a reservation in Florida.



Also admiring:

"Black Was the Night" agate and silver necklace by Germany's Katharina Dettar.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

I love seeing fresh takes on familiar motifs. (I think I've said that before — I should probably find a fresh take on the phrase.) Case in point: these sliced pinecone rings by Georgia's Merzatta (husband Chris & wife Danielle).

Visit their site for lots of organic, nature-inspired work.



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Lovely pinecone rings by the UK's somewhat similarly-named Elizabeth Terzza.



Also admiring:

Purple pinecone pendant in glass by the UK's Laura Sparling.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

I could be vegan if not for two things: delicious cheese, and these gorgeous bone rings by Rebecca Sarah Black. Inspired by "the harsh landscape of the [Scottish] coastline and traditional folklore," she combines precious metal with bovine bone sourced from her local butcher.


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Gold leaf and bone ring by Maryland's Natala Margaret Covert.



Also admiring:

Dog bone necklace by Bones and Stones (Illinois' Robin Largo).

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wood, cork, concrete and MDF all add up to a MUJI-like starkness and simplicity in these rings by Germany's Transform.


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More stark simplicity from Japan's Yumi Shirao.




Also admiring:

Sleek, simple cuff by California's Tola Jewelry (Shoma Lahiry).

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

After a decade of rings, "firsts" are getting harder and harder to come by, but here's one for you: my first time posting a dreadlock ring (above, top left). For that plus braids, flyaways and more, see New Zealand's Ingrid van Heusden. [Sorry, site seems to have gone down since the time I wrote the post!]


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How 'bout a hare made of (sheep) hair? Cute felted ring by the UK's Clojo Ruth Designs.



Also admiring:

Hair "earring" by Dutch artist Laura Klinkenberg.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With these interchangeable silicone tops and bottoms, the possibilities are endless 180! Austria's Curio Styles (Florian Pucher) lets you pick your own combination out of a range of interesting and colourful shapes.


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Germany's Drauf & Dran also has rings with interchangeable parts.



Also admiring:

2-in-1 interchangeable necklace by Sweden's Johanna Holub.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Equinox, shmequinox. Hitting September 1st is like hitting the on/off switch for summer. While this switch ring is by Japan's BrokenDoll, it would fit right in...

...with Romania's Roxana Davidescu, who creates wearables out of found objects (visit for the tobacco pipe necklace!).


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Ring made with a vintage promotional pin, by Oregon's Vittrock (Hilary Contolini).



Also admiring:

Necklace of found objects by California's Jessica Andersen.





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