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Friday, February 27, 2015

As the name suggests, the Netherlands' Studi'eau (Hanneke Geurts van Kessel) is concerned with all things H2O. These water-bearing "Remedy Carrier" rings and pendants feature glass spheres that "can be opened and refilled with a different remedy. Every time you carry the ring or necklace, you'll be remembered of the energy you're carrying." Unlike a lot of the concept jewellery I see, these are actually available for sale, so go check them out!


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"Liquid Moon" ring by the UK's Emma Mogridge.



Also admiring:

Spilling milk carton pearl necklace by Japan's oro di oco (Takako Matsumoto).

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

I'm either a year late or a week late (or a year and a week late) on these horse rings, because the Year of the Sheep started last Thursday. But it's never a bad time to check out Mengnan Qu, a Chinese artist who believes that "cultural background cannot be escaped." I especially love the "Four Word Idiom" pendants!



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Chinese temple ring by Vancouver's Georgina Baker, spoon recycler extraordinaire.




Also admiring:

Horse-hair collar by New York's Leo Black.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cool...

...or hot. You can get it both ways with these glass-like resin creations by New York's Lauren Pineda.


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More cool resin by the UK's Samuel Thorpe, inspired by the sky & Koolhaas' architecture.




Also admiring:

Warm resin bracelet by Japan's Capricious Bijoux.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Go with it, not against it: "The Grain" by Chinese jeweller Shuoyuan Bai.


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Silver block "postage" ring by Alberta's Avery Ruuska.



Also admiring:

Tetris block pendants by Ontario's The Geek Studio.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

These "Gory Story" and "Anatomy Lesson" rings are interesting enough on their own, but just wait 'til you see everything else that Israel's Gregory Larin has been up to (may or may not involve meat and eggs).


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If you don't do meat and eggs, Japan's Yuko Sato has berries.



Also admiring:

French fry earrings by Swiss-born, Paris-based Ligia Dias.

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Friday, February 20, 2015


"Equilibrium" made me lose mine. Don't miss the rest of this series from German-based Canadian Robyn Chamberlain!


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Hand-holding of a different type in this cute ring from Japan's Tadashi Koizumi.



Also admiring:

Knotted hand brooch by Iowa's Erin Rappleye.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Resin jewellers should really be one of the official animals of Australia — all the best seem to come from there. (I'm sure the dry climate, ideal for setting resin, doesn't hurt.) Side note: when researching whether the kangaroo and emu really were Australia's national animals, I discovered that Canada's isn't just the beaver, but also something called the Canadian horse (and no, that's not what we call moose). Apparently, this became official in May 2002, which makes sense, as that's the month I spent living under a rock. All rings above by Australia's Hannah Carlyle.


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More resin with splatters of colour from Australia's Flock Curiosity Assembly.




Also admiring:

Chunky pentagon resin bangles from Australia's Simone Devine.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When the world is flat, you stand out. I like these chunky gold-plated rings from "The World is Flat" by j0o0lry (Stockholm-based Hyunjung Cho); of particular note is the gold/rosegold ombré on that long piece.


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"Hemisphere" ring by Japan's AOM (Aoi Matsukura).



Also admiring:

Pin by Portugal's Baobá (Raquel Soares), who has tons of great work in her gallery.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Think this ring is nothing special? Good — that's the point.

Mexican product designer Attanasio Mazzone created this "Ruota" (tire wheel) ring to conceal your precious wedding band from would-be thieves!



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What if your tire ring is your wedding band, like this piece by Turkey's ASHYL?



Also admiring:

Recycled bike tire bracelet by California's The Recycled Bicycle.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

I wish there were more of these copper and recycled glass rings from Dutch designer Kristofers Reidzans but, like a favourite show that has only one glorious season, that's all we get.


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More colourful glass from Japan's comb de shio.




Also admiring:

Glass earrings by Japan's 73.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

A picture of a picture-taking ring is worth a thousand words.

Pictured above are my two new favourite tings, pinhole camera and loupe rings by Illinois metalsmith Grace M Gaynor.


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Ring with rock-magnifying lens by Brooklyn's Jo Q. Nelson.



Also admiring:

This necklace by the UK's Emily Kidson indicates whether or not you agree to have your photo taken.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


Do you often struggle with what to write inside a card? Distract them with one of these Jewelry Greetings by Christiane & Oliver Hampel, German goldsmiths living in Florida.


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"You Had Me At Hello" ring by California's AnciDecor.



Also admiring:

Envelope necklace available from cute California shop Oh, Hello Friend.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To get a true sense of Bela Louloudaki's aesthetic, you should check out more than just her rings. The Greek jeweller arranges coloured clay tubes in geometric configurations for a light yet structured look.


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Double tube ring by New York's Adriatic Jewelry.



Also admiring:

More tubes, including tube pasta, from Iowa's Aldente Designs (Sam Mitchell).

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I've always liked broken china jewellery but I particularly like Uruguayan jeweller María Lasarga's eye for pattern picking and placement (especially the less busy designs).


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Some not-broken ceramic from Italy's Peralia (Susanna Pilia).



Also admiring:

Porcelain earrings from Australia's Tess and Trix.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

These "Clamp" rings by Taiwan's Drilling Lab (Jeff Lu-Wei Chen) are so sleek and stylish that their industrial nature becomes secondary, rather than their main feature.


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Industrial jewellery in brass and rubber from London's qlinq.




Also admiring:

More industrial jewels in brass and paint from Dutch artist Erik Kuiper.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

If yesterday's rings are too geographically abstract for your tastes, check out California's Freeform Industries, whose 3D-printed jewellery pays homage to the Golden Gate Bridge (shown above), the Eiffel Tower, the Chrysler Building and other landmarks.


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"Bridge" ring by the UK's Anna Rei.




Also admiring:

Bridge necklace by Montreal's Früg.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Take this.


Do this.


Get these.

New York's Meshu lets you build a customized 3D-printed ring based on your coordinates of choice — all you have to do is click on points on a map. You don't have to limit yourself to one city, either — click as locally or as globally as you like.


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Vintage brass state map rings by Minnesota's Larissa Loden.



Also admiring:

Acrylic pendants by Montreal's Boris & Doris (Moika Sabourin & Philippe Savard).

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I've yet to put a bell on my bike, probably for reasons similar to why I never honk my car horn at people. (Besides, if you've ever cycled Vancouver's seawall, you know an airhorn is really what you need.) A bell with a ring on it, though? Now I'm interested. Tokyo-made Runbell, "for the urban runner," is a ring that, well, rings, so you can warn those people who like to meander in a slow zigzag along the sidewalk or stop dead in their tracks when you're right behind them or walk three-in-a-row like some human dam. Hypothetically, of course.


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Running ring with customizable distance by Utah's Abella Blue.



Also admiring:

Heart rate monitor bracelet from Arizona's Brilliant Biometrics.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One lion.

Two lions.

Three lions, plus four additional lions. That's seven lions.

Eleven lions.

Twelve lions. And you know what comes after twelve.

Twenty-two. All fifty-five lion heads above by HUEYN (South Korean jeweller Hyerim Nah), who also has some cool hip necklaces. And I do mean "cool hip," not "cool [comma] hip." Go check them out!


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Panthers ring by Denmark's Hugau (Julie Hugau).



Also admiring:

I love a lot of what's going on at New York's Lionette by Noa Sade.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

While I can see how the expression may have come to be, "get the skinny" still strikes me as oddly paradoxical. If you want all the info, wouldn't you want to "get the fat" on someone? Well, to get the skinny on these skinnies, visit Japan's Kikkou (Yummi Kikko).


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More skinny thread rings from by A.L. (French jeweller Amélie Lair).



Also admiring:

Earrings by Japan's Sussus.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Purloin-worthy pearls by the UK's Raven Tuson.


And more from Japan's Stones Stone Zoo.



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Triple pearl ring by Japan's Transit.




Also admiring:

Triple pearl earrings by Vancouver's Poppy Finch.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kite deficiency is an issue that affects us all. Remedy that with this six-kite ring from Italy's Isla Fontaine, then check out her site for more shiny metal in geometric designs.



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You can go fly a ring with this "Fammi Volare" ring by Italy's Elisabetta Duprè.



Also admiring:

Niobium brooches from the "In Flight" collection by UK jeweller Brian Eburah.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I'm showing you the money!...rings (and some bangles) by French jeweller Julie Pasquet of Bijoux de Famille, who offers a trove of colour, crystals and cash. (Side note: Cuba Gooding, Jr. shouted those famous words in 1996 — almost twenty years ago! And he was on MacGyver just five years before that! Is time even time??)



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1996 coin rings by Oregon's Lucky Liberty (Jason Charles Romero).



Also admiring:

Coin bracelet by California Goldbarr.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Too bad porcelain is so fragile. Imagine if entire cities could be made of glazed porcelain buildings, with ceramic cars on clay-tiled streets — it'd be like living in a fairy tale. In the real world, at least we can have our porcelain jewellery, like these cute rings from Denmark's Silly Rice.

(Ok, this one's a pin, but how could I resist posting a pig in repose? Impossible.)



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Porcelain ring by Chile's Natalia Sarrazin.



Also admiring:

I love the porcelain work of Japan's Akari Sato.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Georgia-the-country design house Matériel is better known for its clothing, but its jewellery follows the same aesthetic: tending toward minimalist yet with interesting details.



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The UK's Iliana Tosheva has large discs that sit on, rather than around, your finger.



Also admiring:

Ceramic disc earrings by Denmark's Ditte Fischer.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

New York-based Taiwanese jeweller Jade Chiu creates "[a]lchemic, evocative body adornments with an Eastern zodiac obsession," fusing "ancient exotic culture with avant garde fashion and surrealism."



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For the year of the sheep, grab this "The Little Prince" -inspired ring by Israel's Gal Padani.



Also admiring:

Brass ram necklace by Texas jeweller Manic Trout (Sierra Bailey).

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Those words, that typeface — ring a bell?

How 'bout now?

If you're a New York commuter, you know that these are recycled MetroCards! Check out Japanese jeweller Chankae (Kae Ichihashi) for more.



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Paper rings by Italy's Paola Fornasier, who also works with clay.




Also admiring:

The UK's Simone Selaib-Salandini is inspired by handmade paper but works in metal.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From wireframe diamonds to solar agate to cute rocking horses, Japanese jeweller PALA offers an eclectic mix of eye-catching pieces.



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More wireframe gems from Japan's Flake.



Also admiring:

Gem-shaped pendant from Japan's Jewlousy (Daisuke Fujishima & Hiroki Kurata).

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On the off chance any of you grew up taking piano lessons in Yokohama, this one's for you. These vivid bird rings were musically inspired — but not in the way most would think. They're an homage to the bird on the Japanese covers of Beyer Piano Books!


For fun, colour and the occasional balloon, check out Japan's Sekiyumi.



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Some similarly notched wings on this ring by Sweden's Lisa Rondahl Pedersen.



Also admiring:

Bird silhouette pendant by the UK's Angela Wright.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, if only you were really small, and made of acrylic, you could've been turned into a ring by Greek jeweller George Giannoutsos.



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Heart mirror ring by India's Nakarali.




Also admiring:

Gothic mirror pendant with not-so-flattering reflection from Alchemy England.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Do I wear these or do I board them and sail off into the cold Arctic?

Visit Poland's ID.FOR.FUN (as in "Idea.Form.Function") for sleek industrial jewellery and objects in metal and clear plexiglas.



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More frosted clear plastic from Israel's Efrat Ezuz.




Also admiring:

Cool pendants by Japan's Atelier Ukiroosh (Shirou Yano).

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

When you think "armour," you probably envision medieval European armour (unless, maybe, you happened to see last week's samurai ring just now). Well, here's Japan's Lacquersmith Lynx with their — wait for it — samurai armour. The first ring is actually two pieces, consisting of the mask and helmet; also shown is the breastplate ring. Each is handmade using materials and techniques consistent with the samurai period — maybe that should be periods, plural, since it spans centuries!



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Hieroglyphic armour ring by London's El Hieroglyph (Nur el Hoda).




Also admiring:

Collar from the "Armory Show" collection by Texas designer Genna Williams.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mathematical. That's what I thought when I saw the work of Australia's Melissa Cameron, and that's before I saw that her site had lines like, "How many different objects can you create from one pattern?" and "I accept and use the tenets of Cartesian geometry without question in order to create my work." The first ring above is called "Controlled Explosion," which seems like an apt title for many of her pieces. This is another case where the images here don't do justice to the entire body of work, so go check it out!



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A ring that looks like plots and lines from a graph, all tangled up. By Poland's Bartosz Ciba.



Also admiring:

Block number necklaces by Tennessee's Christina Kober.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reykjavik-based Lithuanian jeweller Benas Staskauskas, whose "main focus is the use of synthetic materials combined with organic and natural materials," creates rings that look as though they were plucked from remote landscapes untouched by humans. He works with such things as resin, gold, dolphin teeth and volcanic ash.



Bonus link:

"Lava" ring by Julie Cohn of Texas.





Also admiring:

"Landscape" brooch by the UK's Jordane Symington.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Luckily, this is the closest thing to snow I've seen this season. Up top is a "shake" ring by California's Torchlight (Louisa Kimble); filled with little Herkimers, it's like having a wearable snow globe, if snow globes had crystals in lieu of snow and panes in lieu of globes. Below it is Italian jeweller Dante Di Lilla's ring featuring the skyline of Medina, Saudi Arabia. I'm guessing Medina doesn't see much snow but those crystals read more like flakes than stars to me!



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"Totem" rings by Irini (Eirini Giannakopoulou), who collaborates with Dante Di Lilla.




Also admiring:

Speaking of places with little snow, snowflake earrings by Mexico's Millié.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

A samurai, some cats and a well-coiffed Day of the Dead skull walk into a bar... and I forget the punchline because I was too busy ogling the goods over at Thailand's Good After Nine.



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Cats-on-film ring by Japan's Miracle Cutie.




Also admiring:

More skeletal cats and other Day of the Dead jewellery at California's Mexican Sugar Skull.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Isn't this "masculine men's jewellery" rather pretty? UK designer Joseph Farrow based these rings on deconstructed found objects; shown above are the "hinge" and "chain" rings. The finish on each stainless steel piece is manipulated so that no two have the exact same colouring.



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I like this take on the chain ring by Japan's Urban Research.



Also admiring:

Men's accessories by the UK's Roxanne Farahmand.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year! Let's kick off 2015 with Singapore native Ruiyin Lin, whose collection is "both a tribute to the past and a prelude to the future." She combines traditional forms and craftsmanship with "digital manufacturing methods" — in other words, 3D printing.



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Starry silver 3D-printed ring by the Netherlands' Buro Bruno (Bruno van Hooijdonk).



Also admiring:

Awesome, chunky 3D-printed bangles by Germany's Maiko Gubler.





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