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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).



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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.



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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).



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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.




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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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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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