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Friday, September 28, 2007    
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Italy's Giorgio Cecchetto studies geometrical abstraction, volume and surface, creating jewellery that is seriously gorgeous.

But his work isn't all serious.


Bonus link: for more gold but less volume and surface, turn to Lana Fertelmeister; this "Fiamma" ring with diamonds is US$667.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007    
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If beetles and orchids could mate, I think they'd produce something like these giant rings by Swedish jeweller Anna-Stina Åberg. Her distinctive shapes would still look nice scaled down but I like that she goes for the bold statement!


Bonus link: Switzerland's André Schweiger is another whose portfolio displays an insect influence; pictured here is one of his scarab rings.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007    
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One look at these rings and I start smelling campfire (which means I start craving roasted marshmallows). Considering the forcefully natural element of her designs, it's no surprise that Munich's Mari Ishikawa originally hails from scenic Kyoto.


Bonus link: if you prefer your twigs to be more polished, New York's Rebecka Froberg has a "polished twig" ring (really), US$224 for white or yellow gold.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007    
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This isn't just your usual caged enamel bee-on-branch silver and copper chain ring. It's a caged enamel bee-on-branch silver and copper chain ring that's a removable portion of a mixed media wall-mounted sculpture. So if you already have a few caged bee rings and you're trying to justify adding another to your collection, there you go. "The Good Bee" is by Seattle's Jennifer Stenhouse.


Bonus link: for a more wearable chain ring, check out the wrapped stone "Raj Ropes" ring by Nashville's Judith Bright (US$58).

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Monday, September 24, 2007    
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, I had mushrooms on the mind thanks to The Omnivore's Dilemma. Today, I have mushrooms on the mind thanks to Swedish jeweller Elin Ryd. (Gosh, what ever will tomorrow bring?) These marvelous creations are made of silver, she explains, "and colour." Yes.


Bonus link: this ring reminds me of a food I don't eat: hotdogs (it's still cute, though). By New Jersey's Ayala Jewelry, US$120.

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Friday, September 21, 2007    
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Wheeeee! I am head over heels for these playful yet refined pieces by Lisa Vershbow, a jeweller based in Washington, DC but currently residing in South Korea (her husband is the US ambassador). I cheated a bit — that second item is a bracelet, not a ring — but it could be a ring for a Brobdingnagian, and it's a great representation of her style.


Bonus link: caged ball ring by Hungarian metalsmith Zsuzsi Wolf, also based in the DC area (Alexandra, VA, to be precise).

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Thursday, September 20, 2007    
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I like to think that a bunch of unemployed atoms spontaneously combined to form these molecular rings. Truth is, they were designed by Italy's Rosario Merola, now based in New York. His "flower rings" are stainless steel with onyx and jade (left, US$105) or onyx and pearls (right, US$110).


Bonus link: for more steel works — or, rather, Steelwerks — turn to Montreal's Chris Myers (he also "werks" with titanium).

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007    
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I love the balance of tough and delicate in these rings from Brooklyn's AESA Jewelry. The shapes are also interesting: organic yet vaguely pixellated. But really, they had me at "chain shank."


Bonus link: UK jeweller Tracy de Chevron Villette has a gorgeous collection which includes this delicate hollow hydrangea petal ring with diamonds (£160 or $316).

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007    
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This ring absolutely grosses me out — and I love it! Japanese artist Masako Onodera uses rubber, metal, glass, wool, plastic and pearls to create jewellery and sculptures that are, in her own words, "grotesque and peculiar but oddly appealing." Pictured is her rubber and wool "eruption" (eww) ring.


Bonus link: psyuxe, also of Japan, follows a more "cute and dainty" aesthetic as in this ring from their "crown" collection (¥8,400).

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Monday, September 17, 2007    
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These rings are so great, I can't stand it! They just make me want to do this for hours and hours! The UK's Karen-Ann Dicken, who comes from a family of architects, uses the principles of triangulation to create strong, geodesic structures that are scaled down to jewellery size. Her pieces are amazing and the photos simply must be seen in enlarged format, so go visit her website!


Bonus link: Dutch jewellers Linda Hoogenboom and Harry Brookhuis also have an architectural style, albeit more Guggenheim Bilbao than Buckminster Fuller.

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Friday, September 14, 2007    
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Time for some more random pluckings from my bookmarks:


Robert Nazimek (Poland)


Catarina Hällzon (Sweden)


Joanna Gollberg (Asheville, NC)


MFJ Designs (Toronto)


Irina Fiszelew (Argentina)


Elaine Cox (UK)


Goldfingers (Denmark)


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Thursday, September 13, 2007    
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I've just discovered that I can be completely excited (oooh!) and utterly soothed (aaaah) at the same time. That's what happens when I look at these pieces by Poland's Olaf Szukałowicz. Muted tones of wood and resin combine to lovely effect! See the rest of his collection on his site, Kwiat Paproci.


Bonus link: Ontario's Britt Olauson makes all sorts of things with wood, including this ring with a sparkling stud.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007    
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Bold, graphic prints and irregular angles keep these flowers fresh and not too sweet. Germany's Miriam Arentz puts ovals, quadrilaterals, enamel and etching to good use in her collection of tropically-patterned rings.


Bonus link: another not-too-sweet flower ring is this rustic sterling piece by Basak Ozuygur, an Istanbul native currently residing in NYC.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007    
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I can live with not being able to wear metal rings but if I couldn't wear metalloids, it'd be over. Metalloids include silicon — an element which, in its various forms, is found in glass, ceramic, plastic and this silicone rubber loop ring by Scotland's Sinead Buckney (£28). So let's hear it for the second most common element on earth! (Number one most common, oxygen, you're not so bad yourself.)


Bonus link: these tactile rubber bands (rubber and silver, to be exact) are by San Francisco silversmith Jessica Davies.

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Monday, September 10, 2007    
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If you live within a 720 mile radius of Vancouver, BC, you may have heard me squealing over these sublime pieces by Japanese jeweller Akiko Kurihara — in particular, those glass and resin wonders that seem to glow with fire (top left). Also pictured, clockwise from top right, are her "transmission" (silver & acrylic), "grain" (glass & gold) and "asago" (polypropylene & silver leaf) rings.


Bonus link: all that squealing has left me tired and hungry. What's not helping? This parfait ring by Chicago's Angela Biagi.

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Friday, September 7, 2007    
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Every time I started to write about Mette Saabye, I'd end up putting it off until "next time." I finally figured it's not about my words, anyway — it's about her rings and certain... let's say... "strategically-placed" diamonds. Ahem. The Danish jeweller likes to mix fine gold and playful fantasy as in this "High Tea Pug Dog" ring from her "Childhood Treasures" collection.


Bonus link: this ring by Japan's Moto Nakaba focuses on the other end of the dog. See the gallery for a series of decidedly un-dogly creatures.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007    
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Like all cocoons, this "cocoon" ring terrifies me. What's it made of? Is there something inside? Are those airholes? Eep. I just have to picture it scaled down to human hand-size to see it for what it really is: a gorgeous ring by Vancouver's Barbara Cohen.

You know what else terrifies me? Red starbursts. No, not really. Above: "Estrella" ring by Colombia's Lina Hernandez.


Bonus link: Australian jeweller Shauna Mayben Swanson shows us another great example of disctinctive simplicity with this twisted ring.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007    
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These acrylic "comma" rings by Scotland's Laurie Gemma Baird would be the perfect back-to-school gift for that friend who gets riled up over egregiously bad grammar. (That would include me — anyone need my mailing address?) I don't go around correcting people, of course, so I have years of comma splices bottled up inside. I'm pretty sure that if one more website tells me, "You are not logged in, log in now," I will log a fork into my eye. Hmm... I wonder if she does a two-finger semicolon version.


Bonus link: got your commas down pat? Great. You can graduate to these Latin phrase rings by Finland's Anna-Leena Haaramäki.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007    
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I'm often most impressed by those who do a lot with very little. Case in point: these brushed gold rings by Denmark's Anne Manna are a perfect example of how you can be minimal and distinctive simultaneously.

Some more from Anne Manna (above).

Germany's Erik Urbschat is another purveyor of pleasingly simple design.


Bonus link: an interview with Australia's Danyka van Buuren, in which she discusses this cool plastic ring derived from a typographic font.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007    
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Oh my god... does your calendar say "September," too??

A quickie for the long weekend: love these hollow glass works by Denmark's Carolina Vallejo (you have to wait for the homepage image to refresh itself).

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