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Friday, July 31, 2009    
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Metal Emily. Metalemily. Metalemilymetalemilymetalemily. Almost as fun to say as LMNOP. Metalemilellemenopee! (I'm sorry, I think it's the heat stroke talking.) These delightful wooden "single sip" rings are by metalemily.com's Emily Watson, a jeweller based in Honeoye Falls, New York. Below, more rings in wood and faux bone from her "singularities" collection:


Bonus link: what goes with a single sip ring? How 'bout a single bite? This cherry tomato ring by Italy's Francesca Lanzavecchia is from her playful "disposable jewellery" series.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009    
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I have no idea what sound a llama makes — but I'll tell you what sound I made when I saw the work of Argentina's Juan Vellavsky: eeeeeeeeee!! (Note: if the colours look odd on his site and you're using Firefox, try loading it in IE — it seemed to work better for me.)

Lots more on his site, including Miró-like work in silver and resin!


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Can't get enough of those mountain-dwelling beasts? Here's a mountain goat ring by Spain's Roux Bijoux (Rosa Martinez Arcos).

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009    
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Can you guess what these flowers are made of?

What has both a metallic glint and a flexible quality?

It's my new favourite thing in the world: gilded plastic! As plastic is created from precious oil, Norway's Fie von Krogh wonders if "perhaps we should regard plastic as one of the most precious materials that we have." Expanding on this idea, she covers plastic in gold- and silver-leaf to create "a synergy of gilded plastic" (a reversal of her early jewellery, which featured laminated metal). Visit her site for more gorgeously pleated work!


Bonus link: for rings with gold leaf and real flowers — and even real dirt — check out Ontario jeweller Abigail Connell, who uses a wide range of materials in her work.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009    
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It's Technicolour Tuesday! The sun's been turned up so high around here lately, everything looks extra cheery and colourful — including these brightly-hued rings by Germany's Trommelwirbel (Alin Boyaciyan). Pictured are rubber band rings with glass squares (top) and silver rings with nylon filament.


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For more colourful rubber rings, check out these "transit rings" by jeweller Karina Noyons of Denmark.

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Monday, July 27, 2009    
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We've all seen keyboard rings before but here's one that recognizes the most indispensable keys of all: Ctrl+Z. Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso comes to the rescue of anyone who's ever wished s/he could "undo."

Visit his site for more modern jewellery and product design, such as this fun wind-up "toy" ring.


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Harking back to a time when keyboards didn't have a "ctrl" key at all is this ring with vintage typewriter hammers by Germany's Susanne Weigand.

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Friday, July 24, 2009    
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You've probably heard about the world's bees mysteriously disappearing. This is a very serious problem because without bees, there's no beeswax, and without beeswax, there's none of this gorgeous work by Carrie Garrott. The Texas jeweller takes real flower petals (from roses to hydrangeas), coats them with beeswax and combines them with silver to create stunning organic pieces. My eyes, they are a-buzzing.


Bonus link: well, I found one bee. Just a few billion more to go. Silver ring, based on the Napoleonic symbol for wisdom, strength and nobility, by New York's Slane & Slane (sisters Heath and Landon).

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Thursday, July 23, 2009    
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Ceci n'est pas un earring.


It's actually a double ring by Martin Margiela of Paris, whose current collection includes such other identity crises as an earring-shaped pendant and a ring-shaped cuff. (Note: you can find more jewellery in the accessories sections of their archives.)


Above, an even larger ball ring by Florida CAD artist Donna Mason Sweigart.


Bonus link: if those giant balls are a bit daunting, maybe you can work your way up by starting with 19 little balls — as in this ring by Machi de Waard of England's MagpieNest.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009    
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Did you know that the words "pretzel" and "bracelet" share similar etymologies? (Pretzels were meant to resemble crossed arms.) Here's where I would bring up the fabulous pretzel bracelet I found, only this is a site about rings — so here are some fabulous pretzely rings, instead. With a chunkier, more sculptural take on knots compared to yesterday is Germany's Sonja Thiemann. Visit her site for a large collection of silver pieces, including these:


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For more sculptural chunks of silver, check out Spain's By Glaire (Glòria Consola). Also pictured is her ring with artificial turf.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009    
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Take the 19th century, fold it into the 21st century (being careful not to overmix the batter), and you get timeless classics like these elegant knot rings. They're by German-born Londoner Linda Hemmersbach, who puts a modern spin on Victorian mourning jewellery.

She's also responsible for these hooked locket rings which, if I am inferring correctly, you can unlatch to reveal a single pearl.


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Germany's Thomas Wiltmann also has locket rings, which he elaborately decorates with enamel and gems.

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Monday, July 20, 2009    
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If you're always forgetting to turn the lights off before you leave the house, maybe the solution is to bring the switch with you. "Until the Daybreak" movable light switch ring by England's Jessica de Lotz, who was inspired by the contents of a purse she picked up at an antique market — visit her site for the story.


Bonus link: if you'd rather wear the lights than the switch, check out these "stop" and "go" rings from Turkish designer Erdem Özden.

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Friday, July 17, 2009    
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Time again for Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks! Or "ranplucks" for short, because shortening things is awes.

First up: gorgeous transparency from Italy's Marzia Rossi.


Embroidered signets by Japan's Yukunia (Yukako Kawanami).


Vicodin ring (and necklace) by Arizona's Sternlab (Becky Stern).


New Zealand's Ailish Roughan has lots of pierced wrap rings.


"Whisk ring" by Dutch CAD-master Jan Pycke.



Finally, two favourite designers whom I've posted before but who now have new sites:

Scotland's David Goodwin...


... and Japan's Akiko Kurihara.

Have a safe weekend.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009    
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With her surname, it's only fitting that Ceren Keyman is a musician. Lucky for us, her artistic talents spill over into jewellery design, as well. Check out this Turkish designer for fun, graphic pieces in colourful acrylic.


Bonus link: for a Turkish jeweller who tends more toward the intricate and ornate, see Istanbul's Sevan Bicakci ("tends" being a gross under- statement — his works are must-see!).

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009    
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Mixing gold and silver can sometimes lead to, well, mixed results (to my eye, at least). These pieces, however, blend the two metals elegantly and organically. Rings above by Scotland's Krystyna Nowicka. (I've been keeping an eye on her site for over two years and it seems to have some database issues that aren't going away, so please note that you might not be able to view much of the collection online.)


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Here's a clean, minimal take on a two-tone ring from the Netherlands' Martien Verheyden, aka M10 Jewelry & Design ("10" being "tien" in Dutch).

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009    
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Welcome to day two of "Japanese Jewellers Who Love Pirates." Today, we have Ryo Katori of Tokyo's Rusty Thought, who uses techniques such as "shippo-yaki" (cloisonné enamel) and "ohaguro" burning (which creates a black rust effect on iron) to create eye-catching jewellery meant to improve with time.


Bonus link: after all these skulls and talk of pirates, I guess a skull dressed as a pirate is only natural. Check out Skull Jewelry by Isis (California's Darren Simonian, who also makes guitar rings).

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Monday, July 13, 2009    
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I really dig the piratey yet dainty aesthetic of these rings from Japanese jeweller Haruka Asano, aka Arca.

Did I mention she lives and works in Mexico? Above, "Milagro" rings from her online shop Panchita, which she shares with a few other Mexican artists. Lucha libre masks also available!


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For more pieces inspired by Mexico, see San Diego's Lacey Waddell; pictured is a skull ring from her "Dia de los Muertos" collection.

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Friday, July 10, 2009    
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I wonder if The Bangles ever considered calling themselves "The Rings." (Six of one vaguely onomatopoeic circular jewellery item, half-dozen of the other?) If they had, Japan's MIRROR would've been morally obligated to name this ring "Walk Like an Egyptian." As it stands, it's the "Eye Am Not Alone" between-fingers double pyramid ring. AND IT'S WATCHING YOU.

Above, a more subtle take on the pyramid, also by all-caps aficionados MIRROR.


Not to be outdone in the field of Egyptian-themed double rings is New York's Je M'aime, with this spectacular "Sphinxxx" in 24k gold vermeil.


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For all sorts of sculptural rings, from cute dogs to T-rex skulls to King Tut (pictured here), check out California's David Rasnick.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009    
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London's Tara Holmes creates jewellery collages, sourcing found objects from junk shops and antique markets (and pubs, if her beer coaster clusters are any indication). Pictured are rings from her "Token" collection.


Above, some more found cluster rings, this time with buttons. Rings by Studio MHL (Dutch jeweller Monique van Bruggen), whose delightful botanical brooches are... delightful.


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For a lot more buttons, as well as other recycled materials, check out Italy's Franzisk (Francesca Buccheri).

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009    
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This isn't the first cactus ring I've posted here but the gorgeous mix of white wool, copper and plant definitely makes it the most ethereal. Don't miss out on Illinois artist Eun Yeong Jeong, creator of strange, otherworldly, exquisite objects.


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For something a little leafier, check out the plant engagement ring by UK jeweller Natasha Fraser (in her "portfolio" section).

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009    
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Is this what would happen if horses could afford Manolo Blahnik? No better day than 7/7 to showcase these sleek horseshoe rings from Paris jeweller Cécile Fricker. Above, the "Luckies" rings and below, the "Construct" rings, both from her "Pony" collection.


Bonus link: find not just horseshoes but horseheads at Kansas-based Early Jewelry (Kylie Grater), an old favourite of mine.

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Monday, July 6, 2009    
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Totally. Awesome.

For the illusion of moving your hand through a space portal, get yourself a "hologram" ring/hand-adornment in silver and acrylic by Belgian jeweller Marcus Marguillier (now based in Spain). A few additional samples below, but go visit his site for more!


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For more neon acrylic, like this lasercut Nintendo Gameboy ring, check out CBT's Closet (and partner site NB's Closet) of San Antonio, Texas.

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Friday, July 3, 2009    
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I thought I'd give you a head start on your weekend (your long weekend, if you're American). Resin ring with various stones by New Jersey's Stevie B. Jewelry.


Whether your weekend involves the above beverages and activities or not, I hope you have a good one! Puffed bottle cap rings by Israel's Yaov Kotik and playground and golf rings by Spain's Otro Mundo (Ana Garcia).


Bonus link: for more golf jewellery than you can shake a club at, check out Fore!, a collection by Swedish designers Yvonne Clamf and Christina Söderström of Yvone Christa.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009    
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In her "Jewels of the Urban Night" collection, London's Jessica McCormack draws inspiration from world cities — be it the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye or (as pictured above) the New York City skyline. Visit her site to see more of her edgy yet classic diamond jewellery, like these "shape" rings, below:


Bonus link: want more skylines? Brooklyn's Kelly Farrell, maker of Tinysaurs, also makes these stackable cityscape rings in lasercut acrylic.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009    
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In honour of Canada Day, here's the "Same Same But Different" ring (named after a Thai expression) by Quebec jeweller Sonia Beauchesne.

"The piece draws its contextual and artistic inspiration from the political and geographic reality of Canada. The central element in the piece is a replica of Bedlam's cube, a puzzle game made up of thirteen distinct segments intended to refer to Canada's provinces and territories, as well as to the country's political and cultural diversity."

Visit her site for the full description. And happy Canada Day!


Bonus link: I can't let this day pass without mentioning someone from my own province, so here's an eagle ring from British Columbia Cree artist and carver Justin Rivard.

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