There are four pages of some interesting shapes over at the Jennifer Kaufman shop, but I think my favourite is this "Armadillo" saddle ring by Anna Beck (US$125 for sterling or US$175 for 18k gold with sterling base). Don't you just want to rub it? The armadillo also comes in a more delicate disk shape if the saddle's too chunky for your taste; for an even finer look, go for the disk with smaller scales.
Keys have been appearing a lot as jewellery these days (Ema Takahashi is my favourite example; click page one in the silver collection). I think I've finally discovered what all those trendy keys are supposed to unlock. Sterling silver keyhole ring, US$20.
Exhibitionist is a dream come true if you like edgy but gorgeous jewellery. This ring doesn't come close to doing their collections justice, so be sure to visit the site and browse all their galleries! The "Lady" ring, from their "form & shape" collection, US$65 for silver or US$200 for 14k gold. (By the way, there's also a "Lord" ring if you're no lady.)
Here's another great ring for anyone who's obsessed with organic shapes like I am. The fibrous structure looks delicate like a fly's wing, but it's actually a chunky statement piece. There are some nice earrings and necklaces in the same style as well. Emily Amey's sea crescent ring, 14k or rose gold, US$280. Also available in a smaller style for US$110.
Though they're primarily a music shop, Japan's Ignition Records has an array of wild rings for perusal (or purchase!) as well. This pretty face, for instance, is none other than Charles Manson think of it as Hallowe'en wear that's a step beyond ghosts and witches. (Sterling silver, ¥11,800 or approximately US$105.)
Today's a holiday both in Canada (Thanksgiving) and the US (Columbus Day), so I'll use that as an excuse to take my first-ever blog break from rings. Good thing, because I've been dying to send you to dottyspeck, who doesn't seem to have any rings but who makes up for in spades with the cutest earrings and pendants specifically, the outline-style "quattro" and "combo" styles (scroll horizontally to view). I just love those shapes! Unfortunately, the site doesn't seem to be functioning properly so there's not much other info I can pass on at this point. You can, however, get your hands on some of dottyspeck designer Kim Williamson's other work at Buy Olympia and motel (the latter being my favourite place for artwork).
This 18k gold leaf ring could be your own personal ode to autumn as the air gets chillier and the trees start to shed their leaves. Or, if you live in the opposite hemisphere, it could be your ode to spring as the leaves start to grow back! Wow, another great example of multi-purpose jewellery! Ring by Sarah Perlis, US$500, available at Dilsey Coal.
It's difficult to tell in this photo, but these stainless steel bands from Greek accessories retailer Folli Follie are studded with rhinestones spelling out the names of those four fashion capitals: New York, London, Tokyo and Paris. I can't fathom why anyone would particularly want to declare their knowledge of these cities in such a manner, but they're still nice to look at.
The beautiful shape of the Fiore ring (pictured here, US$60) was inspired by designer Wendy Culpepper's time in Florence, Italy specifically, the Italian version of the fleur-de-lis. The rings in her "alligator" collection, meanwhile, clue us in to her roots: Florida!
I LOVE DEER. Also? I LOVE THIS DEER RING. I swear I am on the verge of buying it even though I could never wear it. When is somebody going to invent metal that's made of plastic? Or, for that matter, money that grows on trees? Isn't that what scientists are for? The "Penelope" deer ring is by Moss Mills, whose "Drew" butterfly ring I've mentioned here before. Their entire jewellery collection is awesome and it looks like online shopping will be available soon!
If you've been looking for a perfectly plain band that still stands out, try Thorn. Rose gold is more interesting than the standard gold/silver/platinum, and their rings have a slightly organic shape that's prettier than something that's just come out of a mold. As is often the case, the rest of their jewellery is definitely worth browsing as well. Pictured here: 18k rose gold medium flat band, US$352 (also available in child sizes).
Kimberly Baker is another favourite I just haven't gotten around to posting until now, of course. New for fall is this awesome octopi ring (US$305 for gold, US$190 for silver). It's elegant yet quirky; there's something mildly amusing to me about how its arms are clutching emeralds.
UK company Argoth caters to, as you might imagine, the goth community. Their chunky rings, however, include some unexpected designs like an engine, a skyline, a shamrock (my favourite) and even Lady Liberty (pictured here, £33.56). Of course, they also have coffins and dragons for their regular customers!
If you can make it to the bottom of Gigantic Brand's accessories page without being distracted by the pretty bags, you'll be rewarded with a nice collection of simple yet distinctive sterling jewellery. This "5" ring (US$60) is great for those who like a squared shape but prefer the comfort of a rounded shank.
The "D ring" at style by design is a nicely-textured piece of sterling silver, but my favourite part is the name because I can amuse myself by thinking up corny faux-headlines. Like, This Ring D-serves an A! Or The D-ring is a D-light! Ok, maybe not.
Get your geek on with this cheeky smiley ring by Chao & Eero, available at iluren. The duo also offers rings in the shapes of other punctuation, as well as "pierced" and "tattooed" rings. Coincidentally, Cool Hunting also links to one of their rings today the "spiced lady," which is shaped, of course, like a spice shaker. The sterling smiley is US$165 with free shipping.
I know you don't need me to tell you how and where to send any Katrina-relief donations. Let's all hope the recovery goes much smoother from this point on. As a brief respite from the overwhelming news, I offer the website of Cambridge, MA artist Daniel Jocz, whose work is more sculptural than wearable. Click on "Gallery A" to view this sterling and 14k ring from his Zuc series.
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