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Tuesday, June 30, 2009    
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If you liked yesterday's rings but still prefer to wear your nails the traditional way — you know, press-on acrylics — this ring could come in very handy, no pun intended.

Open it up and you'll find a set of emergency replacements should one of your own nails get chipped. (The nails are actually enamelled copper, so they're pretty sturdy, unless you're working in environments of 1,084 °C.)

You'll find all this and much, much more (from eye jewellery to lipstick necklaces) in the portfolio of New Jersey metalsmith Jill K. Baker Gower.


Bonus link: for that chainmail look, but translated into something better suited for daily wear, see these chain rings from Belgium's Isabelle Vanlaere.

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Monday, June 29, 2009    
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If this is how you carry your money around, you definitely need the added protection of these "cougar claws" from San Francisco's Litter (I love how they also look like pen nibs).


Above, more talon-rific metalsmithing: fingernail rings from RISD student Hyun Kyung Park.


Bonus link: for another full-finger ring (which also looks like a pen nib), check out this "fish" ring by Germany's Sabine Teucher.

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Friday, June 26, 2009    
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It's been a while since I've posted Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks. Ready for another go? First up: plastic and metal from Hungaria's Gaál Gyöngyvér (I believe "Gaál" is the surname, because that's how they roll).


"Square lines" ring by Brazil's Thelma Aviani.


These rings really do not do his body of work justice so please visit his site to see more of Bulgaria's Nikolay Sardamov.


Acrylic and glitter from Germany's Monika Gimborn-Jochum.


Balloon and egg rings from Norway's Sigurd Bronger (shamefully, I've had a half-written post about him sitting around for about two years now).


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One more egg ring, this time in anodized aluminum: the "chromegg" from Israel-based Italian designer Arosha Luigi Taglia.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009    
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I was a little whiny yesterday (Excedrin for three meals a day will do that to you). Let me balance things out with an "Optimistic Impulse," as the above ring is named. The piece is by L.A.'s Mary Donald, an artist who works with diverse materials to create gorgeous, organic jewellery (this one is wire, fibre and paint). Below, "Forever the Optimist" and other rings in rubber, nylon, glass, pearls and more.


Bonus link: the black cloud is frowny but the smiley white cloud must have had an optimistic impulse of its own. Acrylic happy/sad cloud rings from the UK's Lazy Oaf.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009    
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There is construction ongoing nextdoor. Drilling. Banging. Yammering. Hammering (both jack- and claw-). I'm headache prone as it is and this is just driving me nuts and bolts. Well, if you can't beat 'em, and you can't join 'em, and you can't make 'em stop please stop, you can at least be inspired by 'em. So, some construction-themed rings today, starting with these cement-block and wood-block rings by Brazil's André Lasmar (above).


Ring with nails and spiral shank by Virginia's Susie Ganch.


Bricks and window shutters by Cynthia Myron, also of Virginia, who does fabulous architectural work in pewter and copper.


Clockwise from top left: "Disturbing the Peace," "Tension," "Labor" (with nail) and — because who doesn't love irony? — "Hammered Serenity" rings by Los Angeles metalsmith Amy John (see her gallery for lots of bullet rings).


Bonus link: I wonder how much drilling and hammering it takes to build a cathedral... or a cathedral ring, like this one by Australia's Metal Couture (William Llewellyn Griffiths).

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009    
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Rice and silk may be evocative of Asia but Jessie Yeager's jewellery is actually influenced by her travels across the U.S. Check out this North Carolina jeweller for pieces with grass, harmonicas, map outlines and more...

...some of which come with a hidden surprise.


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Speaking of rice, Spain's la boîte à couture has some cute rings shaped like sushi. No paella, as far as I can tell, but there is lots of cake!

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Monday, June 22, 2009    
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If you've been reading my blog long enough, you know how I feel about birds. And, of course, you know how I feel about jewellers. Can you please tell me, then, how I'm supposed to feel about a jeweller who's in cahoots with a bird? Does not compute. In her "Collaboration with a Bird" series, Wisconsin artist Teresa F. Faris explores the "ideas of fragility and human/animal connectedness" by working "with animals rather than using their bodies." Each piece features a piece of wood that has been chewed or "carved" by a bird. They're making jewellery now, folks. Be afraid.


Here's another collaboration, of sorts, with a bird: caged quail egg ring by Rhode Island's Nikki Thiess-Kusiak.


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Now here's the kind of bird I can handle — cute and simple. Silver dove ring by Toronto's Danielle Zippan of Zippan Designs (US$40).

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Friday, June 19, 2009    
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There's nothing as refreshing as something bubbly on ice.

Let London's Vicki Purnell take you into the weekend with her pops of acrylic and resin.


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Of course, it's no fun when your bubbles go flat — unless it's these stacking acrylic bubble rings by Australia's Melinda Young (~US$130).

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Thursday, June 18, 2009    
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I like how "plique-à-jour" sounds somewhat like "peek-a-boo." Because that's exactly what the enamel does — it peeks out from the silver and lets the light peek through, as well. UK jeweller Regina Aradesian uses the technique with lovely results; inspired by her roots, she combines traditional Armenian patterns with "the intricacies of the cellular world observed through a microscope."


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For more vitreous enamel, check out New York's Ursula Masterson; pictured is the pansy ring from her "Moderna" collection.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009    
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Terrific? More like amphitheaterrific! (I'll escort myself out now.) Germany's Sina Emrich turns wood into magic worthy of any stage. Visit her site to see more gorgeous wooden pieces and read about her Schmucknomadin - weltlernen ("jewellery nomad - world-learning") project.


Bonus link: not an amphitheatre but an Elizabethan theatre, The Rose fell out of use around 1606. These are replicas of rings found when the old site was excavated.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009    
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Here's another portfolio I've been awaiting for a long time. No longer "under construction" is Mayavanlierop.com, website of Dutch jeweller Maya van Lierop. Obviously. These rings are like coloured cross-sections of soap bubbles!


Bonus link: here's one more newly- launched site. Estonia's Pilleriin Jürisoo makes jewellery and objects in a variety of materials.

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Monday, June 15, 2009    
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Ooh, nice. I want more!

More, I say!

That's more like it! I'd been waiting a long time for Germany's Iris Bodemer to get a website. As it turns out, good things do come to those who wait.


Bonus link: if you like rings with textile components, like the wool and raffia pieces above, check out Australia's Sarah-Jane Cook and her threaded acrylic rings.

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Friday, June 12, 2009    
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Yesterday, you met Fanny the Fox. Today, meet Oregon's Sarah Fox (no relation) and her topiary jewellery in colourful felt.


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Here's a topiary ring that might require some upkeep, as it contains real moss. By Toronto's Alishsa Marie Boyd.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009    
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Cow, chicken and fox — aka Craig, George and Fanny — are just three of eight animals (plus one imaginary one) standing ready to decorate your fingers. For more lasercut acrylic goodness, including a line of housewares, see UK designers titiMadam. [Update: unfortunately, based on more than one personal experience, I cannot recommend shopping from them.]


Bonus link: more fox! Vancouver's Pyrrha makes a popular line of jewellery modelled after antique wax seals (even I own a necklace, despite my allergy), including this fox head ring.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009    
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These whimsical cocktail rings, with their framed Victorian illustrations, make me long for the olden days when they had things like hot air balloons and feathers and moths. Get a taste of those halcyon times by visiting New Jersey's Schmutzerland.


Bonus link: another framed art ring, this time from UK jeweller Emily Bedford. This "Clara" ring from her "Souvenir" collection features a miniature bird painting set under resin.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009    
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Though I usually don't post the same jeweller more than once, the last time I mentioned this artist was four years ago and that was only in passing (no photos) so I think I'll allow myself this one. Besides, he's well worth a hundred mentions, let alone two! His rings are wildly botanical...

...clearly cool...

...and warrant some serious face time. Too bad that's made difficult by the fact that Shinji Nakaba is all the way over in Kanagawa, Japan. Then again, his work is on display in New York's Museum of Arts & Design and Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts so, if you're in either of those locations, go check it out!


Bonus link: if you want more faces, French jeweller L'Iris Noir (Iris Simon) has several collections featuring face rings; this one is from her "50% Devil" series.

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Monday, June 8, 2009    
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OH MY GOD YES PLEASE I WILL TAKE TEN OF EACH THANK YOU. «Deeeeep breath»  Sorry, I get excited sometimes. Can you blame me? I'll tell you who you can blame: Japanese glass jeweller Yoko Yano.


Bonus link: speaking of glass, since I've lost my marbles over those rings, perhaps I should replace them with some of these marble rings by Germany's Monika Bergrath.

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Friday, June 5, 2009    
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There's a regular ol' full moon this Sunday — but to see a blue moon and an eclipse, at the same time, no less, check out Edinburgh-based jeweller Mie Miyakawa. Pictured are her "blue moon" and "eclipse" rings in silver, gold, acrylic, resin and topaz.


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For a crescent moon and other simple, modern styles in metal, check out Los Angeles jeweller Ariel Gordon.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009    
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Let's see: we have cheese, heartbeats and things coming full circle. What is this, a Hallmark Movie of the Week? Nope, it's something better: jewellery by Belgium's Pooja Sahny, aka Memyselfandi. (The circular arrow is actually the "male" symbol spiffed up.)


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Here are a couple more cheese rings (Swiss cheese, to be precise) from English jeweller Karen Thomas.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009    
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Chess, for me, connotes "cerebral" and "cold weather" — so let's do a 180 from yesterday and go for some summertime child's play. Pictured above are three rings from the perfectly-named "Five More Minutes" playground series, plus an awesome "Tic Tac Toe" ring that comes with a drawer in which you can store the Xs and Os! All rings by Ohio's Jennifer L. Bunt.


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UK jeweller Susannah Goodyear also has a "Playful Playground" series; her equipment is occupied by birds, as in this see-saw ring.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009    
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Church windows are admired for their stained glass panes but England's Alexandra Buckle reminds us that the frames are plenty gorgeous on their own, too. Shown above are her oxidized silver window rings; below, her equally gorgeous chess rings:


Bonus link: if you're searching for something just a little less basilical, there's this "window ring" by Minneapolis metalsmith Emily Catherine Johnson of EC Design Studio.

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Monday, June 1, 2009    
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Sticks and stones may break my bones — but look how pretty they are! Above: two-finger twig ring in recycled silver by Brooklyn's Species by the Thousands and twig bands by Charlotte, North Carolina's Jason Janow. Below: stacked pebble ring by Geneva-based Austrian jeweller Gundula Papesch and clean, pebbly, white gold pieces by England's Ruth Bridges.


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For more jewellery in that simple, pleasing pebble shape, see Belgian musician-turned-metalsmith Rembrandt Jordan.

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