Here's a lovely take on a silver and garnet ring! The way the gems are displayed reminds me of a fancy olive plate. By Australian silversmith Pip Keane; apparently, her signature is clever necklace toggles which "vary the length [of] necklaces with sliding, interlocking components."
Melissa Joy Manning combines organic circles and ovals with pretty briolettes to make even prettier earrings and necklaces. Her collection is available online at Neiman Marcus, where you can also find this eight-piece stacked ring made of hammered 14k rose, peach and yellow gold (US$230) a classic you could wear every day for years!
For chunky silver rings with a bit of a rock 'n' roll edge, look no further than the perfectly-named Femme Metale. Crosses, stars, tattoo hearts, lucky charms they've got tons of fun styles, most for about US$30-70. Feel like splurging? There's also a fine jewellery line, where this four-sided 14k white gold and diamond ring sits pretty at US$3,000.
UK jeweller Monica Boxley has a great eye for shape and colour. See her semi-precious line for a killer necklace made of African glass trading beads. Her "ribbon & rubber" line shows off her knack for mixing unconventional materials with great results! Of course, she also makes rings, like these stackable pieces in matte silver and enamel. As if I needed another excuse to go to Europe.
Rick Ruggles is known mainly for his photo-collection of found hearts (hearts that occur naturally in his environment) and his heart jewellery, but he also makes personalized Morse code rings. For US$54, you can get a sterling silver band engraved with your own secret dot/dash message! The maximum is six letters, but you can get twelve if you go for the cuff.
The "Floyd" ring (sterling silver; US$65) is part of the small but distinct collection at tam aura designs. According to her bio, the designer's passion for jewellery was sparked when she spotted a chunky ring (what else?) that she felt "spiritually connected" to, but which her "bank account was not connected to." Hee. I think we can all relate to that!
Bamboo, persimmons, cranes, koi... browsing Ananda Khalsa's collection is like a walk through a Japanese garden. Each piece be it a ring, necklace or bracelet contains an original painting inspired by Asian art. Visit her site for a glossary of the symbolism behind each object. Pictured here is the rectangular tree ring, US$130.
And now for something completely... boney. Skulls aren't really my style (aside from the one currently protecting my brain, anyway), although I do think they can look great on other people. Skulls make a big impact in small doses like these rings! The first one is strangely delicate (that's a zirconium on its forehead); it wouldn't look out of place paired with a tank and skirt, if you like to mix tough and sweet. Sterling silver, US$29.71 (on sale from $34.95), at Novica. For the younger, more budget-conscious set, Hot Topic offers this winged skull ring for a mere US$6 (base metal, not sterling).
Sergey Jivetin's rings are some of the most breathtaking pieces I've ever seen. Pictured here are four rings from his "Bridge" series. To quote his site, "[t]he arches and straight lines of contemporary suspension bridges are a perfect union of tension equalized by the strength of material taken to the extreme by modern engineering. The pieces in the series push the strength of traditional jewelry materials to the limit by using the same elegant lines and forms to cover larger spans of space around the hand." They're not for sale on his site, but prices range from US$700 to US$3,000. Just as ingenious are the rings from his "Tethered Volumes" series absolutely not to be missed!
Robert Dodd could possibly be the granddaddy of the plastic ring world. This January, his son Jerry emailed to tell me about his father and the amazing rings he makes by hand. Jerry was kind enough to send me two of Robert's rings, and I've finally posted a page about them. Check them out here!
Sculpture to Wear is a spectacular gallery of innovative jewellery. I spent far too long ogling all the necklaces, earrings, cuffs and rings that I knew I'd never have! One standout amongst the standout collection is 2 Roses, whose "snowflake" ring I have pictured at left; not only is the flake mounted in an unusual manner, but it also happens to be made of lab-grown opal. The strange (and I mean that as a compliment) piece pictured at right may resemble a rabbit, but it's a 2 Roses ring made of sterling silver and camel teeth don't ask how they got their hands on those! If you'd like to view in person, STW is located in Santa Monica, CA.
The perfectly-named "waxing poetic" insignia ring by Pagliei is the ultimate mix of modern and romantic! It makes me want to seal a bunch of letters with some red hot wax. US$52 but sorry currently out of stock.
Your eyes do not deceive you you're looking at a ring that is also a bottle opener. Oh yes. I love multipurpose items, and this one takes the cake! What better accessory to wear to a house party? (Flö ring by Ingrid Micheel, in nickel-free stainless steel, US$138.)
Here's the fabulous red glass ring I picked up while walking around San Fran! It's the "om" ring by Orfeo Quagliata of Phuze Design fame (and it cost a mere US$32, including tax, at Friend SF not available for sale online). I've long admired his glassware, but this is the first piece of his I've owned! This guy does some amazing work, not just restricted to jewellery. I'm dying to get my hands on his interpretation of the classic Lalique cabochon ring. MoCo has a photo of my ring in blue. I actually spent a loooooong time trying to decide between blue and red; the blue glass looked prettier, but I thought my collection was lacking in a good red glass ring, so I went with red. It also came in clear, but I tried not to even think about that one as it would make the decision even more difficult! Drool over more glass rings by the Phuze Design collective.
I just got back from San Francisco (and Napa), where I picked up a fabulous red glass ring that I'll have to photograph and write about later! For now, go admire the "moving stone" rings at Tiffany Peay. I love these! She mounts the stones so you can spin them around on the ring I would not be able to stop playing with mine. The colours are just gorgeous, too. Pictured here is the 14k gold "8 stone" ring, US$590.
The Mod and Icon collections at Imooi are bursting with colour in all sorts of playfully geometric patterns. They've also got necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks, plus unisex rings! The company takes its name from the Dutch word "mooi" (meaning "beautiful").
I'm honoured to be one of the first featured sites on Gloriously Vapid, which calls itself a "modestly materialistic weblog." She's got some fab photos of Drew Barrymore up right now go check it out!
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So maybe you never did get that pony you wanted for Christmas. And maybe you're still just a tad bitter about the handknit socks you got instead. Time to add this framed horsie to your collection! It's one of several eye-catching pieces at the Fuer Gallery in Germany. All you have to "pony" up (sorry, couldn't resist!) is 120 euros.
I never got into the pottery shard necklaces that were all the rage a while back, but I just love these pretty pottery shard rings. Visit the site for other pottery rings with a floral motif, and browse the seaglass collection for some nice pieces as well.
I changed my personal collection gallery so you can view my rings one colour at a time. You can still view everything on one page if you want, though! (Just be prepared for lots of downloading if you do!)
Think pearls are too proper and traditional? This ring by Mike and Mary Jewelry should change your mind! Part of the unusual "spod" series, this sterling silver piece is US$250 (and yes, those are real pearls).
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