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Friday, May 29, 2015

A Friday Five in a Flash, all about eyes? The aye has it (there was only one vote). Let's start with this sweet little opal "Seer" ring by New York's Palomarie (Katia Davidson Ferrara).

A take on the evil eye by Australia's Mavro (Anny Apostolidis).

Eye ring by Denmark's Katrine Kristensen (I couldn't resist throwing in that awesome earring/pendant, too).

Long-lashed ring by L.A.'s theBealine (Megan Bea).

"Opal of My Eye" by the UK's Holly + Haak (Holly Bryant & Tansy Haak).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

L.A.'s Catherine Homans makes some interesting things. Some of them go on your fingers. Let's look at them.

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Some more crystal from San Francisco's Natasha Grasso.

Also admiring:
And still more from Ohio's Pluma Jewelry (Treffry Caldwell).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"M A Y" is a very triangular word. The glyphs themselves contain at least eight triangles within them and the letters number three. But even May has been out-triangled by Greek jeweller Lito and her "Izel" collection.

Above, a sampling of her non-geometric work.

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Flattened pyramids ring by Italian designer Angelo Figus.

Also admiring:
"MAMA" is another triangular word. Necklaces by Louisiana's Mimosa (Madeline Ellis).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I came across this artist a couple of years ago, but she didn't have a website at the time. I happened to check on her recently, and... it's all a blank after that because my head kaboomed.

Clear your mind of everything. All you need to know is UK jeweller Lili Colley. (If her site's not working, try her FB page, though it doesn't have quite the same impact!)

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More subdued neon (if such a thing exists) from Lunaticart Bijoux of France.

Also admiring:
Neon bracelets by Japan's Olager, which you're supposed to pronounce backwards, "Regalo."

Monday, May 25, 2015

These rings remind me tissue slides. (From a biology lab, I mean, not, like, a giant Kleenex in a playground for kids to slide down.) The aptly-named "Cell" series is just one of several from Portugese jeweller Susana Teixeira.

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Ring from the "Microbes" collection by Montreal's Jessie Grêves.

Also admiring:
Petri dish necklace by California's Yucen Wavy Tang.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash, Made-of-Trees Edition: first up is Japan's moi. toi.

Nice shapes from Poland's Adam Kaczmarek.

Wood with crystals by the Ukraine's Abra Kadabra.

The UK's' Eddie Charles matches wood with silver and turquoise (the necklaces look especially good).

Painted chevrons from Australia's Miscii (Celeste Rautenbach).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

These rings look like drawers packed with perfectly folded socks, arranged neatly in rows, all fresh, clean and properly matched. Aaah. Visit Japan's Chikako Yajima, queen of perfectly-pleated satin.

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Silk thread ring by UK-based Brazilian jeweller Julia Toledo.

Also admiring:
Kimono fabric pendant from Australia's Kimono Reincarnate (Melanie Gray Augustin).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Turkish jeweller Burcu Sülek puts an end to the expression "soft as a sponge" with her hardened, pigmented sponge jewellery. "Pretty as a sponge," however, is now open for business.

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Sponge ring by Israel's Gala Jewelry (Galit Alfi).

Also admiring:
Soft foam necklaces from Northern Ireland's Maria Moodie.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love Carmen Berner's take on the beehive motif, from a collection which appears to be named after the German equivalent of the "catch more flies with honey..." idiom. (Personally, I think honey is wasted on flies. I mean, have you seen the cost of a good jar these days?)

Visit the German jeweller for translucent pods, plastic mesh and more.

Bonus link:
"Honeypop" ring with bees, inspired by ring pops, by Georgia's Kate Dowling.

Also admiring:
Honeycomb cuff by New York's Matte Berit Nyberg.

Monday, May 18, 2015

That reminds me: I'm really overdue for a dental appointment. Brush your teeth well, then check out the cavernous works of Japan's Node by Kudo Shuji.

Bonus link:
More holes from Russian illustrator Igor Richkov.

Also admiring:
Pendant by Japan's Midori Makino.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ever seen those artists who make "grown-up" versions of children's rudimentary drawings? In some vague way, these reminded me of those, so it's fitting that Australia's Annie Gobel made these rings out of plastic toys (along with resin and wood). Driven by an urge to "reconstruct the memory associations of toys into wearable," she creates "wearable pieces are the 'rewritten' version of [her] childhood memory." You didn't hear it from me but I especially love the necklaces.

Bonus link:
Bouncy ball ring by Georgia's Tricia Cookson.

Also admiring:
Teddy bear necklace by the UK's Jewellery FurKeeps (Anne Adkins).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The return of the monocle is last year's news, old chap, but those aren't nearly as cool as what Chinese artist Honggang Lu has dreamed up with these "ring glasses"! Don't miss the rest of his portfolio, especially "Honggang Aegis Sky."

Bonus link:
Eyeglasses ring by Japanese eyewear shop Lunettes du Jura.

Also admiring:
Bike goggles pendant by Japan's eague (Yuji Ishii).

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Even the simplest, most basic shapes come out differently in the hands of different people — that's why I can never tire of jewellery. Cases in point: rings on the left by the UK's Rebecca Gladstone, in the middle by Ohio's OneSixFive and on the right by Colorado's Gem Blue (Krista Young).

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Missouri's Lateef Accessories has more simple, modern metal.

Also admiring:
Arc necklace by Oregon's Amy Olson.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I need a whole new sorting category just for this. I'm thinking... "tropical genius." For a dizzying parade of polymer clay sculpture, enter the world of Massachusetts artist Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.

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More bursting polymer clay from Joo, aka Greek jeweller Anna Gkika.

Also admiring:
Beautifully bright polymer clay from Sara Amrhein, based in Italy.

Monday, May 11, 2015

I'm a sucker for this sort of thing: rings that only tell the complete story when stacked together. To see more, visit Oberon Jewellery (UK jeweller Sarah Brook-Hayes).

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A very different kind of stacking from Israel's Galy Shwartz.

Also admiring:
There's always a story in the metalwork of USVI-based Kim Nogueira.

Friday, May 8, 2015

More times than I care to recall, I've waited on a site that was "coming soon" to actually come, only to have it expire and languish into parked domain purgatory. Well, fool me once, something something, so here's Turkish jeweller Aisegul Telli and her gorgeous coral rings. While we wait for her full site, there's other links there to explore.

Bonus link:
Find coral and other beach-themed jewellery at Hawaii's Tidepool Love.

Also admiring:
Lots of nice coral-like polymer clay from Oregon's Marisa Messick.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

This ring made me think of giant bubbles travelling up a straw, but the actual title is much more apt: it's from the "Liquid Lace" collection by Kristyn Don. Visit the Albert artist for lots of nice glasswork.

Here's Chicago's Christina Rose with some similar-but-different pieces. If you love quartz, you'll want to go to there.

Bonus link:
The multifinger quartz party doesn't stop there. Get more from Calgary's Kate Hewko.

Also admiring:
Stunning works in glass, silver and rubber from Italy's Federica Sala.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From rings whose textures were cast in people's homes to found photos and secret messages, Thank You Shanna (Australia's Shanna Muston) is all about domesticity, nostalgia and sentimentality. I especially like what she does with old floorboards — go take a look!

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Speaking of domestic, here's a chaise longue ring by the UK's J&C Martin.

Also admiring:
See how Australia's Bridgette Shepherd was inspired by memories of her grandparents.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

If you happen to love fidgeting, xylophones and superstitions (and who among us doesn't?), you'll want to meet Australia's Judith Torzillo. Her kinetic "Knock on Wood" rings allow you to do just that, with the help of some brass components. She has videos of the rings in action so go check them out!

Bonus link:
Some simpler brass from Oregon's Cradle Jewelry.

Also admiring:
"Lucky Me" necklace by Seattle's MFrances Jewelry (Mary Conzatti).

Monday, May 4, 2015

Via her "Copy of a Copy" and "Reshuffle" series, Georgia-based Jennifer Lee Hallsey explores "concepts of authenticity and aura, value, degradation and entropy."

But I totally buried the lede: her tattoo!

Bonus link:
Tattoo swallow ring by PinK'n Pop of France.

Also admiring:
Metallic jewellery tattoos by Skin Jewels, also of France.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Let's end the week and start the month with an organic silver edition of Five in a Flash. Above: UK jeweller Ellis Mhairi Cameron's rings, inspired by the Scottish landscape.

Also inspired by landscapes is English jeweller Daisy Lee-Overton.

"Wrapped Rings" in silver, plastic and patinated copper, by the UK's Morna Darling.

Bubbles, branches and barnacles from Maryland's Kajs (Karin Karlsson).

Rings by Israeli jeweller Molikan (Hagit Molikandov), "inspired by nature."

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