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Friday, July 3, 2015

Cubes and tubes: no two shapes are more orthographically similar yet geometrically opposed. And no two shapes look lovelier in the hands of Greek jeweller Erato (Erato Kouloubi).


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Cube ring with cutouts by Israel's Patricia Nowogrodski.



Also admiring:

Knit tube necklaces by Oregon's Kayla Mattes.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

I really like opals, and I really like the simple treatment they get from Blydesign (Katie Bly).

Visit the North Carolina jeweller for more, including cute metalwork and pieces with moonstone.


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Sweet little opal ring by New York's Theresa M. Lee.



Also admiring:

Opal bead pendant by California's Jennifer Will.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

That wood/resin fusion, that cool colour palette — these rings are my happy place. To see much more (with an emphasis on gorgeous pendants), visit London-based Ejing Zhang.
(p.s. - Happy Canada Day!)


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Resin bands from Japan's Yurian Rose.




Also admiring:

Resin earrings by Japan's ooNe.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Simple shapes with a novel twist: that's the hallmark of Japan's Loop and Box (Tomoki Inoue).


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We go from "loop and box" to this "cube and spiral" ring by Japan's Fumie Hirakawa.



Also admiring:

3D-printed cube earrings by Vancouver's LanaBetty (Lana Lepper).

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Five in a Flash, Sticks and Stones edition, starting with these rings by New York's Platt + Matter (Chris Platt).


Bars, with silver pebbles, by Croatia's Pazzar Jewelry (Lidija Redovnikovic).


Gold bar ring by Israel's SHA (Shiri Avda).


Diamond "Turning Bar" rings by Greek jeweller Ileana Makri.


Tourmaline "Horizon Bar" ring by Massachusetts' Anne Snyder.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

She may not be able to beat Magnus Carlsen at chess, but she can beat him (and anybody) at chess rings.

Virginia's Hillary Davenport (currently based in Georgia) makes magnificent metal things. Go check her out!


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Checkered ring from the "Sixties" collection by the UK's Laura Fleming.



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The UK's Daisy Louise recycles all sorts of games, including chess, Scrabble, dice and Lego.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Some nice organic work from Taiwanese-born, Japan-based jeweller Identity Butterfly (Janny Huang Yokota). You can see more photos on her blog, which is where I got the images above.


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Butterfly ring by Japan's Amiinah.



Also admiring:

Adorable little glass butterfly pins by Japan's Thu Thu.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saw, see?

See saw!

If you love cute, playful jewellery, Thailand's September Room is where it's at.


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Playful pompoms from Sweden's Vigabirgit.




Also admiring:

Necklace of kids playing, from Irish textiles shop Avoca, no longer available.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inspired by those Chinese Baoding balls that you ostensibly roll around in one hand but in reality just kind of scrape together awkwardly between your thumb and pinkie until a minimum of one ball drops to the floor, this "Fidget" ring was designed to stilmulate various acupuncture points in your palm. Ring by UK product designer Katie Askwith.


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"Healing Hands" ring by Montreal's Nelly VanSee (that's Van See as in Van Cleeff).



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I love this hand-clutched pearl earring by Japan's Amito (Asako Wakayama)!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

I've been told more than once that my handwriting is too tiny (and that's after I've forced myself to embiggen it). Well, today, tiny vindication is mine! Check out these functional 2x2 cm diary rings by Italy's La Mandragola.


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Pen nib ring by Colorado's Michelle Mach.




Also admiring:

Parchment paper brooch by Sweden's Anna Nordström.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Inspired by vanitas paintings, which were symbolic of the transient nature of life, Icelandic artist Ágústa Sveinsdóttir created these rings using something we usually just sweep away. "We always demand that everything should be flawless," she writes, "but in the end, everything is dust or in time becomes dust. Is it possible to make use of materials that have always been considered nothing more than useless dirt?"


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Actual New York street dirt rings by that city's Sarustar (Sayo Granich- Lee).



Also admiring:

"Recycled Rubbish" drink can jewellery by the UK's Val Hunt.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

I call this between-the-fingers style a "spacer ring," but now I feel like "smoker's ring" might be more appropriate! Whatever you call them, these pieces from UK jeweller/woodturner Kitzz Steele are syc(amore).


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Hardwood rings by Toronto furniture maker Jennifer Rong.



Also admiring:

Rosewood necklace by Japan's Makiko Oda.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I thought I needed more cowbell. Turns out, what I was really missing was megaphones.

Check out Ontario metalsmith Jade Dumrath for jewellery and objects that explore "the relationship between form and function as well as kinetic playfulness within an object."


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Trumpet rings by San Francisco's Beautiful + Dangerous.



Also admiring:

Lampwork bell bead earrings by Israel's Gaialai (Sari Glassman).

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paging John Keats: these rings were inspired by ancient Grecian pottery.

Greek jeweller Yiota Vogli also uses pottery as a medium, not just inspiration. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.


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On second thought, ye may also need to know French artist Nina Forlani's enamelled ceramic.



Also admiring:

Ceramic and rope necklaces by Brooklyn's Gamma Folk (Lily Piyathaisere).

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Monday, June 15, 2015

We're having a spring heat wave in Vancouver — and though the sun is great, being allergic to most sunscreens isn't. For sunny rays sans UV exposure, check out Wisconsin's AnnKat Jewelry, who has Moroccan style designs inspired by natural elements.


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Something to fit the stereotype of Vancouver weather: umbrella ring by Japan's Uken Muken.



Also admiring:

Photovoltaic solar cell necklace by the UK's Comme des Machines (Emilie F. Grenier).

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Friday, June 12, 2015

I was never a fairytales and unicorns type of little girl. But I am now.

Polish artist Ania Kanicka has made me a believer.


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Fantasy castle ring by Australia's Enchanted Designs (Nicole Smith).



Also admiring:

Unicorn necklace by Laurène Vernet of France.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

While I practice saying her name, check out Greek jeweller Elina Chatzieleftheriadi of Amano Jewellery, who's clearly having a fun time with colourful foam and rubber.


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This ring by the UK's Robyn Smith looks like stone but is squishy silicone.



Also admiring:

Silicone and marble creations from the UK's Isla Macer Law.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I'm so excited, I could burst like a rusty old pipe! A quick patch with duct tape is the only thing keeping me from posting every single photo from "Pipeworks," the awesome series by Korean jeweller Jina Seo. I especially love the deconstructed photos.


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The Duck Tape brand's site has a tutorial on making a duct tape ring!



Also admiring:

Lead pipe heart pendant by Connecticut's Parts by NC.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Obviously, I love these glass and crystal rings. Predictably, this jeweller is my latest favourite. Germanly, his name is Bernhard Simon. (Coincidentally, I just today listed in my shop some acrylic rings with a somewhat similar faceted style.)


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Little dots of glass from Karin Pinnerup, part of previously-mentioned Danish collective byUs.



Also admiring:

Bright glass necklaces from New Hampshire artist Linda MacNeil.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Until the shop is open for business, all we have are these glimpses from the lookbook, but I like what I see. And what I see is from "Ir/Regular Polygons" by Vancouver's Broken Promises (Karen La).


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"Polystones" ring by French jeweller Sailor & Irma.



Also admiring:

Another polygon from another Vancouver jeweller, Mariya Karpenko.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

"Words of the Ring." Could've been a better title for this blog — instead, it's the title of this collection from Lebanon's Tamara Barrage, a product designer with some interesting ideas. Go check them out!


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"Untitled" is one of the words stamped on these rings by Germany's Christiane Köhne.



Also admiring:

Clever "hidden message" pendants by New York's Beth Macri (you can only see the letters from below).

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Thursday, June 4, 2015


Some more botanicals today, including cactus and "seed dispersal" rings, by Illinois jeweller Agnes Ma. I love how the clean metal framing emphasizes that the plants are like works of art.


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Ring with pretty botanical etching by Japan's Atelier Simo.



Also admiring:

Japan's Chiiiiiiico (Chikako Maeda) has bunches of super lovely fabric flower jewellery.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I love succulents. I love rings. Draw your own conclusions regarding my feelings for these CAD-modelled succulent rings.

Georgia-based Dian Yu also does a lot of conceptual work with metal and gems, so be sure to explore her whole portfolio!


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Cactus ring (and box) by Russian jeweller/sculptor Valera Matkovsky.



Also admiring:

Quartz pendants by New York's Crystal Cactus.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sumptuous, feminine and highly ornate are words that could be used to describe this collection and the decorative style of Rococo interior, which has been a source of inspiration. My works tends to embrace pastel colours, combined with electroformed copper. Moreover, I took such motifs, enclosed them with round, oval shapes, elaborate patterns and adapted them to be worn on the body.

So says UK-based Yuanman Li, whose pieces are very Sofia-Coppola's-Marie-Antoinette-esque (is that a word?).


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Lots of pastel stones at AYA Jewelry Studio.



Also admiring:

Pretty pastel creations by Taiwanese jeweller Wen-Miao Yeh.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

I sense a theme. Not only does Alfie de Meow have an adorable assortment of jewellery, they donate 10% of sales to cat welfare groups in Singapore, where they're based.


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Simple cat eye ring by Australia's HooDooLouLou (Laura Mckay).



Also admiring:

Cute kitty brooch by Japan's P.P.B. (Pour Petit Bluette).





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