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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!

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

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

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!

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

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


...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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

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

Also admiring:
Tetris block pendants by Ontario's The Geek Studio.

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).

Bonus link:
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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

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

Bonus link:
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.

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.

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

Also admiring:
Chunky pentagon resin bangles from Australia's Simone Devine.

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.

Bonus link:
"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.

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.

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.

Bonus link:
More colourful glass from Japan's comb de shio.

Also admiring:
Glass earrings by Japan's 73.

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.

Bonus link:
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.

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.

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

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

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.

Bonus link:
Double tube ring by New York's Adriatic Jewelry.

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

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).

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

Also admiring:
Porcelain earrings from Australia's Tess and Trix.

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.

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

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

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.

Bonus link:
"Bridge" ring by the UK's Anna Rei.

Also admiring:
Bridge necklace by Montreal's Früg.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Also admiring:
Heart rate monitor bracelet from Arizona's Brilliant Biometrics.

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!

Bonus link:
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.

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).

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

Also admiring:
Earrings by Japan's Sussus
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