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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sometimes, even the square peg in the square hole stands out. Visit French jeweller Hirschell for these bright and minimalist painted brass squares.



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Another diamond-oriented-square on a square from Italy's Alberta Vita.



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Nice squares and slants from the UK's Ruifier.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

I love a logo with a clever use of negative space (you've probably seen the one for "Spartan Golf Club" but, if not, it's worth a google). Negative space when it comes to rings? Even better! Check out these bronze pieces by California's Kayla Johnson.



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3D-printed "Negative / Positive" ring by Australia's Fairina Cheng.



Also admiring:

Félicie Aussi has words some might consider negative — in French.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Similar to yesterday's post, today's rings are as much about the clever photography as they are about the design. Visit Italy's The Heiress for jewellery in metal and porcelain.



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Even more about the photography is this camera lens ring from Michigan's Titanium Buzz.



Also admiring:

Functional pinhole camera bracelet by Arizona's Nissa Kubly.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Acrylic, screws, pressed & dried flowers." Need she say more? Well, I do: trust me, my shrunken versions don't do justice to the gorgeous photography of these gorgeous rings, so go check out UK artist Charlotte Asherson (and don't miss the rest of her portfolio).



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More dried flowers in clear acrylic from Japan's nooca.



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Dried flower earrings by Lithuania's Agne Ramonaite-Bockiene.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"This ring stops traffic," wrote the unimaginative but factually correct blogger. Visit Japan's Asumi Etchu for a small selection of whimsical metalwork.



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VW (and yield sign) ring by L'argento (Greece's Panagiotis Gourlonis).




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Car and trees pendant by Jewellietta, also of Greece.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Something a little different today: a giant table of colourful plastic rings! Photo taken at Trans Arts Tokyo by Shiritori Foto of Japan.



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For more conceptual work with rings, see Japan's Tomoko Hayashi.



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Lots of plastic colour from fun Japanese designers Minna.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

If you guessed these rings are made of resin, you're right, but not quite in the way you think. Poland's Monopolka (Malgorzata [Gosia] Szewczyk) mixes synthetic resin with the natural resin her country is famous for: amber.



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Amber-like resin pebble ring by the UK's Adela Brahaj.



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Sleek amber cuff by Poland's Danka Czapnik.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Colourful, white flower rings" is not a contradiction. Check out Japan's Kimiko Suzuki for moulded porcelain rings with bright wood shanks (although my favourites are her lacy porcelain pieces!).


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Honeycombed ceramic and enamel rings from the UK's Elizabeth J. Campbell.



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Lots of adorable ceramic accessories from Japan's Heaven.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gradated colour isn't something I've seen a lot of with 3D-printed rings, so I love this purple photopolymer ring (as well as its stainless steel and white nylon counterparts) by New York designer Rachel Weisman. They comprise her "Michelangelo" series.

Check out her site for more, like this "Ball and Socket" ring and the LED flower bangle.



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3D-printed "wire" rings by the Netherlands' Cre83D.




Also admiring:

3D-illusion cuboid necklace by the UK's Shimell & Madden.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I've fallen for these, hook, line and sinker more lines. For more, check out the UK's Imogen Choroszewska.


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More lines from Finnish jeweller Sanna Eskola.



Also admiring:

Linear hoops from London-based Japanese jeweller Maiko Nagayama.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Diamonds are Evil: not just a name, but a raison d'être. Texas duo Meredith and Michael create geometric jewellery in lasercut birch as a conscious reaction against the problems within the diamond industry.


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Colombia's Biojoy Jewelers (Claudia Vallejo) uses only sustainably mined metals.



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UK artist Rachel Trattles envisions futuristic accessories for protection from the environment.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Plastic pill container rings from "No Prescription Required," a collection inspired by 19th century medical devices, which were "essential for survival" while "having no need for the 'bells and whistles' we find in today's technology." To see more, visit New York's Alyssa Aizenstat (no appointment necessary).


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Poison ring by Estonia's Darja Popolitova.



Also admiring:

Eloko (the UK's Deanne Holden), with pieces based on surgical incisions.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sleek & chic in black & gold: rings by French jeweller Benedikt Von Lepel.


Same colours, different approach from Ohio's Tap by Todd Pownell.



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Black perspex and gold-plated brass from Israel's Shani Jacobi.




Also admiring:

Geometric hexagon necklace by Brooklyn's LOCKHART WRKS (Rebecca Lockhart).

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do you ♥ LEGO?

Then you'll ♥ Poland's agabag (Agnieszka Biernacka), who goes beyond the basic bricks to build rings, clutches, USB drives and more.


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Another playful brick: Super Mario Bros. ring by California's Earth Art.



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More playful plastic from Belgium's Willy Van De Velde.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I could've turned yesterday's enamel post into an all-Spanish edition with a little help from Spain's Loca Barcelona, but I couldn't pick just one colour. Instead, here's five.


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Get all your colours in one with this confetti ring from Japan's Starmix.



Also admiring:

Psychedlic colours from the UK's Demi Chao.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Five in a Flash, enamel edition! Up first: Spain's Myriam Moreno Martinez.


"Sgraffito" ring by the UK's Lynsey Brooks.


Propellor ring by Japan's Ai Kojima.


Glossy colour from Spain's MNesmalts (Montserrat Núñez Areny).


Eye ring by Veraid, also from Spain.


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Gift idea for the gourmand friend who truly has everything: rings designed specifically for the eating of swallow's nest soup (which, if you're unfamiliar, isn't made with twigs but with what is essentially bird saliva). Or, you could go with the lollipop ring, which may be slightly more festive than avian spit. To see that and more, check out Hong Kong's Chau Man Yee.


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Simplified nest ring by Massachusetts' Gunnard Jewelry (Rachel Gunnard).



Also admiring:

Thorny bangle by the UK's Crow's Nest (Daniel-Philip Belevitch).

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gérard Gourdon @Mimilamour
#French  #rings  #hashtags  #brass  #handpainted


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Thin "tag" ring by California's PorterGulch (Brooke deDiego).



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Little personalized tag necklaces from California's Anna Bee Jewelry.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cozy little details — like that chimney smoke — turn these from house rings to home rings. Check out Japan's Mirisa (Mirisa Kamiya), who also replicates landmarks like Mount Fuji (pictured above) and the Eiffel Tower.


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Another Mt. Fuji, in glass, by Japan's Toiro Glass (Yuko Suzuki).



Also admiring:

Mt. Fuji brooch, with sun, by Japan's Ply Design.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In honour-with-a-U of Canada Day, here's Montreal jeweller Émilie Trudel with some gorgeous rings in tagua, nylon and plexiglas. Fittingly, I had a chance to see these in person earlier this year at "RING Re::Form," a wonderfully-curated exhibition of rings (just rings!) by Canadian artists.


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A little closer to home is Vancouver's LACAR with this "Double Mosaic" ring.



Also admiring:

From our nation's capital: a pendant, shaped like heart-shaped Ottawa, by Lissa Bowie.





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