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Friday, November 21, 2014

Where there's a frog...

...there's a princess. But this one's already got her prince (and her glass slipper).

Check out Japan's Pokefasu for whimsical acrylic jewellery, as well as uniquely adorable embroidered brooches. And I don't mean "unique" in the overused, incorrect sense, but in the "aunties doing housework and badgers wearing hoodies" sense.



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Official Disney Cinderella stackable four-ring set (currently sold out).



Also admiring:

An alternative to a glass slipper from Kurt Geiger, available on their Shoeaholics site.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

In case of emergency, break porcelain.

Swedish designer Sofia Winberg protects us from harm with "dangerously sharp points" hidden under "bone China strong enough to be durable but thin enough to be deliberately broken" when needed.



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Can't break the porcelain dome if it's not there to begin with! Empty ring by Germany's Juliane Blank.



Also admiring:

Broken ceramic plates turned into brooches by Italy's Marta Lavinia Carboni.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

That book isn't a mere photography prop — it's the basis of this entire collection. The UK's Alighieri Jewellery (Rosh Mahtani) was "inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy; each piece corresponds to one of the poet's 100 poems."



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A ring inspired by some more contemporary writing, available at the UK's Literary Emporium.



Also admiring:

The UK's Rachel Codd makes ceramic jewellery based on poems, like this Keats Faery Song bracelet.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

From modern day talismans to Romani symbols (which I grew up knowing as "hobo signs")...

...to psychedelic cats, Brooklyn's Laura Busony is all about design that's "equal parts mystical and playful."



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More modern talismans, nicely crafted, from the UK's Rebus.



Also admiring:

Another three-eyed cat, this time from Leviticus Jewelry (Tara Levitin) of Texas.

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Monday, November 17, 2014


Five in a Flash: Say What?
Up first: some messages from Snark Factory of Texas.


"House Parties" ring by Japan's Rodeo Crowns.


Alter ipse amicus ("a friend is another self") by Japan's GDC.


"Love/Hate" and "Saint/Sinner" rings by L.A.'s Tawnie & Brina (Tiffany Ryann).


Know a runner? Triathlete? Maybe even a fugitive? Arizona's Craig Dabler has the perfect gift.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Brash, colourful, and evocative of tattoos — it's the Miley collection by Spain's Bimba Y Lola!



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Classic "mom" tattoo ring by Colorado's Juicy Lucy.




Also admiring:

Tattoo necklace by the UK's Dollydripp.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Light and diaphanous, these are the exact opposite of yesterday's rings. For pretty pastel pieces, visit Japan's Mizuiro to Siro ("Light Blue and White"), aka designer Emika Wada.



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The UK's Billie M Vigne skips the pastels and goes for primary colours.




Also admiring:

Adorable ice cream earrings by Japan's Marumi03, pastel queen (check the brooches!).

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I think any ring can be unisex but here are some made specifically for men. It's Five in a Flash, Fellows edition! Above: double rings by Toronto's Vitaly (Shane Vitaly Foran).


Dragon and lion from the Bali-based brand with Canadian roots, John Hardy.


Wood and onyx rings by Seattle's Do the Extraordinary.


3D-printed zipper and tread rings by New York's Gothamsmith.


Signet ring from New York-based Fonderie 47, who commissions jewellers to make pieces out of recycled AK-47s as part of an effort to remove the weapons from Africa. The ring above is by one of my all-time favourites, Philip Crangi.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Great grates! Architecture is a common theme in jewellery but I've yet to see anything quite like these window grate rings. The metal patterns on "brick" are just fantastic! (The bracelet versions are excellent, too.)

For more, including some great work with corrugated metal, check out Yung-huei Chao, one of the artists who make up Taiwan collective Meta'Metal.



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A simpler window ring by Japan's Papillonner.




Also admiring:

"Window" necklace by Pennsylvania's Audra Azoury, a current fave.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Australia's Nadine Treister might leave you with a hollow feeling, but in a good way. Her "contemporary reinterpretations" of the signet ring can be personalized upon request.



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Hollow ring by Israel's Yafa (Yafit Ben Mesholam).




Also admiring:

Hollow pendant by North Carolina metalsmith Molly Sharp.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Japan's Little Raymond is a lot of fun.



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Another unicorn ring (or the skull thereof, at least) by Pennsylvania's 3D Printed Skull.



Also admiring:

Visit Japan's Bon Bijou and you, too, could be a girl with a pearl earring.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

UK jeweller Anna Byers does geometric shapes in bold, thick lines, inspired by architectural patterns she saw during her time in Jerusalem.



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More (a lot more) geometric lines from Turkey's Anburis (Mine Bilgutay Özkurt).



Also admiring:

"Moving Mountains" ear cuff by the UK's Annaliese Foster.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesdays — indeed, life itself — are always improved by purple llamas.

For cute creatures, but also more serious ceramic and metalwork, visit Denmark's Lann Kolpin.




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Llama double ring by Mexico's Reliquia Urbana / Un Cuervo (check out the chalk knuckleduster!).




Also admiring:

Enamelled llama necklace by Brooklyn's Rebeca Raney, for Madewell, a couple of years ago.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Inspired by chess knights...

...and queen bees, Hong Kong's Alex Tsai certainly holds court with me!



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It's a rare crown ring that doesn't circle the finger. These are by Italy's Arianna Svaicari.



And here's another by French jeweller Alphabeta...



...who also has the design available as a necklace or bracelet.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

It's Botanica day, dead...

...or alive. Above: "Botanica Ring" in silver, copper, patina and burnt rice paper by Rhode Island's Danielle Straub, and titanium "Architectura-Botanica" ring with air plant by Virginia's Xerøspace (Natalia Wozniak).



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"Botanica" rings by California's Baxter Moerman.




Also admiring:

"Architectura" necklace by Serbia's rRradionica.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy candy-reaping day, everyone! Get in the mood with a visit to England's Phoebe Sherwood-Moore.



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Rabbit ghost ring by Japan's Ringoya.





Also admiring:

Bold brass bat necklace by Israel's Ambar (Inbar Shapira).

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Not to be all dramatic but... Is this a dagger which I see before me? Yes, it's the "Tulsi" dagger ring/bracelet by the UK's Lulu Walton.

Above: her super spikey "Sudha" double ring (to guard against toil and trouble, perhaps).



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"A Rose by Any Other" ring by Vancouver's Army of Rokosz




Also admiring:

Sand-and-scroll pendant by Vancouver-based Seth Macbeth.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jess Taylor gets her wires crossed, intentionally. Using silver and steel wires, the UK jeweller "seek[s] to capture and convey light, movement and a tactile quality that promotes the sensory feeling of the jewellery."



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Personalized wire name ring by Japan's Pipiluno.




Also admiring:

"Tangled" wire series by Japan's Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro (Yukitoshi Toda).

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I like rings that demand to be viewed from many angles — like this London ring, which UK jeweller Agnieszka Maksymiuk designed so that the buildings would reflect in the silver disc in the middle. Check out her gallery for more pieces, many of which are reminiscent of 3D chalk art.



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UK jeweller Andrew Lamb's work also demands to be viewed from many angles — it's lenticular.



Also admiring:

Mirror bead necklace by Italian designer Maria Calderara.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

I like that something so fuzzy and touchable is called "felt." It's like flowers or perfume being called "smelt." Above: felt and acrylic rings by Peru's Vaçide Erda Zimić.


"Copia" rings in polishing felt buffs by Tokyo-born, Brooklyn- based Sayumi Yokouchi.


More felt from the UK's UDiii.



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Felt balls ring from Japan's SIMSIM (Seiko Kuwayama).




Also admiring:

"Chromosome" brooch in felt and polymer clay by Poland's Loobeensky.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

While you're admiring the sculptural wirework, don't overlook a certain important detail: the little cranks. These rings are kinetic!

Visit London-based Thai jeweller Pasu Roungpanyaroj to view all the rings in action (the videos look better than my feeble screengrabs), including shiny zodiac critters not shown here.



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Bud rings with moving leaves by Florida's Meg Talley.



Also admiring:

Contemporary kinetic jewellery by the UK's Sophie Stamp.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Roses are red
Some rings are, too
Line #2 should be
Violets are blue

Another dried flower ring calls for another terrible poem!
Red rings, from top to bottom: "Funky Wave II" by Quebec's Magali Thibault Gobeil, red baby's breath in resin by North Carolina's Spotted Dog Farm (Sumner Smith) and red lips by Greek jewellers Victoria Ioannidou & Thodoris Panagopoulos of Atermono.



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Striped red porcelain & silver "Namibia" ring by Spain's Marta Armada.



Also admiring:

Red peony brooch by North Carolina's Hsiang-Ting Yen.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Wait, aren't they purple?
Either you have deuteranomaly or these hues are askew

Find a spectrum of dried flowers in resin by visiting Oregon's Modern Flower Child.



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More dried flowers from Maryland's Marble Creek Studio (Janet Khokhar).



Also admiring:

Colourless blossoms from Sweden's Lotta Jewellery (Lotta Andersson).

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The mixture of smooth and eroded parts (particularly in the middle set) makes these rings look like relics from a bygone but advanced-by-our-standards society. To see more, visit Rhode Island's Farah Abdelhamid.



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Modern Egyptian "Horus" ring by Cairo's Sabry Marouf.



Also admiring:

Fossil necklace by Georgia's MLiz Designs (Mary Liz Pulk).

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Monday, October 20, 2014

These rings made me realize that I'd never considered the difference between "arced" and "arched." I think an arch can be somewhat pointed, whereas an arc is always a smooth curve (which is why you're more likely to say "arched eyebrow" rather than "arced"). Are you still awake? If so, check out Colorado's Nikki Nation for the arc series and more.



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Simple arc rings by L.A.'s Honey My Heart (Jella Roson Woodward).




Also admiring:

Multi-arc necklace by Israel's Reut Seagel.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

If you're going to wear a ring, REALLY wear a ring.

These awesome chunks of raw crystal brought to you by Los Angeles' Cat Apolinar.



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A more polished crystal from Italian jeweller Maurizio Brunelli.




Also admiring:

Raw quartz with brass from New York's Brackish Channel.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspired by tradition but created with modern tech, this ring by Rhode Island-based Alex Ju is best explained in her own words:

Traditional signet rings were jewelry reserved for the domain of men. Pearl necklaces have long served as traditional female jewelry, and this signet ring with two interchangeable signets consider this juxtaopsition. Abstracting pearls, I considered the form of the hexagon, emulating the aragonite platelets that deposit in the layers of nacre forming a pearl. Modeling my signets in Rhino, I had them 3D printed from ABS plastic, finding the layer-based deposition of the 3D printer fitting for a pearl-inspired piece. Round cultured pearls complete the signets, which fit securely into a faceted brass construction.



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Lacquered pearls by Japan's Atenari.




Also admiring:

"I Don't Like Pearls" by London's Inderjeet Sandhu.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Metaphor overload: a watch ring with a face designed to fade over time. Visit German designer Frieda Bellmann to see photos of the design process and to read more about the concept.



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Cog rings by Romania's Artbiju (Maria Filipescu).




Also admiring:

Antique key-style timepiece necklaces by Japan's Kurukitei.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I should've known that as soon as I made my recent admission regarding beaded rings, I'd start seeing more and more that I liked — like these ones, by Japan's Penta, a collaboration between designer Fuji Tate P and Toho Beads. Check out the collection for an assortment of glass bead structures, including wild eyewear and a tribute to Alexander McQueen.



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Beaded structures from Netherlands-based Faun Noir (Fazekas Hajnalka).



Also admiring:

Way cute beaded dog and bird pins from Japan's Moha*Moha.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Canadian Thanksgiving — but I'll spare you the turkey rings. Instead, here are some quietly pretty, lacey silver rings by South Korea's Jigum (JungEun Yo).



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Lacey rings in gold by Japan's Yularice (Yuri Sakatani).




Also admiring:

Framed vintage lace necklace by Georgia's Copper & Torch (Lindsay Troutman).

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Friday, October 10, 2014

With two Os and a zero, "October 10" is one of the roundest-looking dates on the calendar. Let's disturb that sense of closure with some unclosed (not to be confused with open) circle rings. Above: "Lasting Impression," inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night," by Puerto Rican jeweller Carla Carballo.


Eye ring by the UK's Denise Lin.


"Tear" ring by Japan's hHOME.



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Unclosed concentric circles by Greek jeweller AntEva Crafts (Eva Gouvalari).



Also admiring:

Closed but open circle bangle (that can open) by the UK's Louise Seijen ten Hoorn.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A little coloured varnish completely transforms the vibe of these eternity rings. It's like the jewellery equivalent of a purple streak in your hair! For lots of pieces that have a little touch of the unordinary, check out Italy's Maschio Gioielli.




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Coloured gems of a different sort from Japan's High-Me Tokyo.




Also admiring:

Still more coloured gems from Japan's LPOE.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Etheral beauties by Scottish jeweller Robyn J McLean, who "is very much inspired by the relationship between the mind and the body, using the concept and aesthetic of the inkblot or Rorschach test to represent cerebral activity and bone, horn and granulation to convey the body." Which... makes them not ethereal but rather corporeal. But in a really ethereal way.



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Speaking of corporeal, here's a silver and agate roller-ball massage ring by Spain's Emiliana Design.



Also admiring:

Silver inkblot necklace by Alberta's Andrea Blais.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The hardest part of writing this blog is having to pass over a jeweller whose work really blows me away — because s/he doesn't make rings. Luckily, Sweden's Helena Johansson Lindell did have one group of colourful bands (above, top) so I could point you to the rest of her interesting portfolio (like the piece pictured above, bottom). Hooray for technicalities!



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Necklaces are also my favourite part of Italian jeweller Egotique's line (the rings are cute, too).



Also admiring:

More bulbous jewellery from the UK's Bow Sangthong.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

I wonder if anyone's ever been told, "What a yarn!", misheard it for "What a yawn!" (the right accent could do it), and been unintentionally insulted? Definitely not a yawn are these yarn-ball rings in cotton and aluminum by Italy's Camilla Marinoni.




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"Ball of yarn" acrylic ring by the UK's Designosaur.



Also admiring:

Yarn brooches by Japan's SRS.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

"Larger Than Life" is just one of Aric Verrastro's collections but the name could apply to his whole portfolio. Don't miss the Indiana artist's wild, creative pieces inspired by gender issues, as well as his series inspired by urban renewal in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. Pictured are rings from "Extensions."



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Speaking of extensions: aluminum fingertips by Australia's Magpie Alchemy (Ella Knight).



Also admiring:

Long earrings by Massachusetts' Dallae Kang.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

While I can appreciate beaded rings, truth be told, the designs are often not to my personal taste. That's not the case with these ones, though! I like the bright, fresh colours and asymmetrical patterns of these rings by Japan's Toribanana (that's "bird banana," aka Miho Nishitani), three of which are from her "butterfly" collection — I'm sure you can guess which three.

Check her site for non-beaded work, too.



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More butterflies from Japan's r23atelier88.



Also admiring:

Butterfly earrings by Israel's Mia Minsky.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


It's the first of the month, which means you're suppose to have said "rabbit, rabbit" when you woke up, to ensure good luck for the next 31 days. If you didn't, there's still time to knock on wood with a rabbit's foot. Maybe wearing a rabbit's head would help, too.

All rings above by Denmark's Nord by Thomsen (Mette Nordby Thomsen).



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White rabbit and his watch from the Alice*Rabbit collection by Japan's Osewaya.



Also admiring:

Rabbit, mid-run, by the UK's Jesa Marshall (no relation to John Updike).





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