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Friday, April 30, 2010

Go blonde — without the hassle of root touch-ups. This human hair ring is the creation of Australian jeweller Polly van der Glas, who also dabbles in other human parts, like these:

Also available in cast silver, if you don't want to sink your teeth into the real thing:

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California's Loved to Death, who creates art and jewellery using taxidermied animals, also has human teeth rings, modelled after the Victorian style.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

I often like to collect images of similar rings from different designers but these, I think, stand on their own. I love the large but fragile shape of these box rings by Edinburgh-based Norwegian jeweller Ingrid Nilsen, who focussed on "the striking difference between the organic and geometric" and "the positive and the negative space of each piece."

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UK designer Lucy Hutchings also works with boxes and cages in her jewellery, but she fills her "structural chain cages" with semiprecious beads.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I imagine there's a planet out there somewhere with plants that look just like these organic pod rings by UK jeweller Samantha Queen. Yes, right down to the faceted gemstones. In space, anything is possible.

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For more organic metal rings with splashes of colour, like the one pictured here, check out the "Some of a Kind" ring series by Israeli jeweller Galit Meushar.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

As crazy as I am about most things crunchy and salty, pretzels have never been in my snacking repertoire. The shape is much more attractive than the flavour, so I would gladly trade a bag of Rold Gold for just one of these hand-forged iron pretzel rings by French metalsmith Sophie Hanagarth. Fair trade, no? How 'bout two bags?

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For more knotty rings, see London designer Ignacio Gutierrez of Ignacio & Corral. This cast silver piece is from his Autumn/Winter 2010 colllection.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Whether it's a reflector or a table cloth or the shoe of a Cabbage Patch Kid, if it's got colour, Jaime Jo Fisher turns it into a jewel! The Texas artist favours bright hues set against playful dots, loops and whirls of silver.

Bonus link: for more colourful rings, check out the acrylic creations of New Jersey's Debra Adelson; rings with silver shanks also available.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Let's close out the week with some playful rings.


Blocks of fun by Italy's Anna Cino.

Measuring tape rings by Australia's Jess Dare.

Bandage and scotch tape by Belgium's I-L (Isabelle Lenfant).

Comic sound effects by San Francisco's Homeroom Clothing.

Bursting colour by Germany's Barbara Huck.

Toilet (with sparkling bowl!) by California's Rumi Ishino.

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There's always room for just one more playful piece! This sprinkles ring is from the "candy" collection by New York's Wits Productions (Natalia Porter).

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Inspired by "ancient artefacts" and "the erosion and texture of materials," UK jeweller Ruth Wood creates rings that may look worn but also beg to be worn.

Imogen Belfield, another UK jeweller, is also drawn to raw, rough forms. Rather than stones, however, her metal rings are embedded with chunks of porcelain.

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Egyptian jeweller Ammal Labib has a lot more pieces featuring raw stones and unpolished metal, including these rings with iron shanks.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Critically cute critters! These LIPI Zoo rings come as flat sheets of plastic; it's your job to fold the pieces and assemble your personal menagerie. Created by Hungarian designer Ákos Lipóczki of Lipi Design.

A satisfied customer.

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Germany's PYG Design also has flat-packed rings that you fold to wear, though theirs are made of leather. Pictured here is the dragonfly ring; also available in hibiscus.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Normally, a shrimp ring means one thing and one thing only: delivery device for cocktail sauce. These rings, however, change all that. By the way... to shrimp or not to shrimp? The answer is always "shrimp." Always.

For more animals and a skewed take on a fairytale world, visit Belgium's Malice in Wonderland.

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Here's another arthropod ring — this time, of the insect variety — by Florida's One Yellow Bird (Liz McKibbon). This cicada ring is made of silver and concrete.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Juicy orange, leafy green and iron — a great cure for anemia, perhaps, but also a great cure for a Monday morning. After studying in places as varied as Kuwait and Poland and currently working in New York state, jeweller Coco Dunmire reveals The Secret Life of Jewels through her work in resin and metal.

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Another jeweller who works with iron is Japanese metalsmith Hiroki Masuzaki. This ring features the familiar curlicues of a classic wrought iron gate.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Australian-born, Munich-based Laura Deakin closes out our week with these quietly lovely mixed-media "ring forms." (Be sure not to miss her "dishonest pearls" and "confused earrings.")

Bonus link: speaking of confused earrings, here's an earring that looks more like a pearl ring! For more, see Japan's Kyara Accessories, whose "Apolo" collection also includes a "ring" bracelet and "ring" cufflinks.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm ready to join the chain gang. These edgy yet wearable rings are by New York's Armor Jewelry, aka Sandee Shin, who handcrafts each made-to-order piece.

Bonus link: for a double chain ring meant to be worn on one finger, check out this piece from Lisa Freede, a jeweller who splits her time between Houston and Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sponges are cool. No other animal can double as a hand-held tool, allowing us a flicker of Flintstonian reality where birds are hedge trimmers and mammoths are showers. Natural sponges are still out there but, of course, most of us nowadays use synthetics — including Leyla Taranto of Turkey's Toz Design, who made these colourful sponge rings.

Visit her site for many more collections.

Bonus link: taking us from Phylum Porifera to Chordata is Japan's Yuusuke Hoashi (or "Yusuke" — the double "u" is optional because the romanization of Japanese rolls like that).

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yesterday's plastic was all straight lines and black & white; today, we're doing plastic in bright colours and soft waves. (But don't worry, I won't make you pick a favourite.) Finland's Alexandra Lindqvist combines silver and recycled plastic to stunning effect.

Bonus link: here's another flower-like cluster of waves, this time in silver and gold, by Danish metalsmith Kirsten Clausager (who started the Guldkompagniet gallery in Copenhagen with Kasia Gasparski, subject of my Oct. 3 '07 post).

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Just like the letters in its name, New Zealand's MOXO is all about circles, zigzags and other geometric shapes in lasercut acrylic.

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If you're a fan of the grid rings above, you might also like this version in silver and gold from the "Cosmos" collection by New Mexico jeweller Maria Samora.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, "Facets and Angles" edition!

"Cracked" metal by New Zealand's Welfe Bowyer.

"Facets" ring by Israel's Tanya Chernov.

"Sprocket" ring by Scotland's Up to Much.

"Prism" rings, inverted and not, by Australia's Eli Jewellery.

Sharp angles from Ecuador's Christian Quintero.

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Here's one more angular ring for the road: silver nested point ring by South African jeweller Oriana Todesco, who likes simple pieces with clean, strong lines.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

I could've sworn I'd aleady mentioned these but... that'll teach me not to swear, I guess. These rings are what happens when a metalsmith arms herself with a food dehydrator. Shown above are dried pear and apple rings but you'll find many more varieties at La Prochaine Fois, food-centric blog of a Texan in France (the dried fruit rings are here).

You may also be interested in her cupcake rings. Because, listen, they're cupcake rings.

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Speaking of cupcake rings, here's one by UK jeweller Tattooley Rose (Natasha Howe). An inedible cupcake is a sad thing indeed but this ring more than makes up for it!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Since circles ruled the day last Friday, it's time to give squares their due — I'm no shapist, after all. I'm loving these modern geometric rings by French jeweller Violaine Ulmer.

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We're not done with the quadrilaterals just yet. German jeweller Stina Jagenlauf turns a basic rectangle into a statement piece with this hard-to-ignore ring.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why can't I get the "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia" jingle out of my head? Austria's PaperPhine offers up this customizable ring made of her favourite material, paper. More precisely, paper yarn (not surprising for a trained textile artist). A few more from her, below:

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Here's another tower of white, though this one can't be easily trimmed down. This four-column spiralling shell ring is by Sydney-based French jeweller Pierre Cavalan.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Not all Black Mondays are bad. Spanish jeweller (and instructional author) Carles Codina adds touches of life to otherwise stark, even cold, oxidized sterling rings. I love the contrast in shapes!

More from the metalsmith, above.

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For more black rings, like this chunky piece, check out Hande Bilten. The Turkish jeweller glazes porcelain to create a pebble-like finish and sets it in silver.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Clusters of circles, four ways:

Two-layer ring by Portugal's Kali (Maria Catarina Fernandes).

"Flamenca" rings by Spain's Blanca Sánchez.

"Enlaces" rings by Spain's Ana María Ramírez (mentioned in passing last Friday).

Resin and silver rings by Portugal's Liliana Guerreiro.

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Let's make it clusters of circles, five ways. Here's a more organic, cellular take by New Mexico's Kézha Hatier; this is her "coral slice" ring in silver with ruby.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Prepare your eye cones! England's Tusheeta David has a chromatic feast for your eyes, taking full advantage of all the gorgeous colour and shaping possiblities afforded by acrylic. Yum.

Bonus link: for more rings in organic shapes and transparent colour, check out these glass pieces by Japan's Kana Umeda, the designer behind Cthruit (as in "see through it," to point out the obvious).

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