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Wednesday, September 30, 2009    
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Have you thanked Guatemala today?

You should, because the tiles and wrought-ironwork of Xela, Guatemala are what inspired these beauties by Montana artist Caitie Sellers.


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For a sleeker, more streamlined and slightly more masculine take on architecturally-inspired rings, see Scotland's Lorna Hewitt.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009    
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I was going to post this alongside last week's animal-ear rings but then I remembered: nobody puts neon green in a corner.


If you like loud, lively and lustrous, check out Colombian jeweller Juana Camila Ortiz.


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For more synthetic colour, check out Portuguese jeweller Ines Sobreira and her rings stuffed with silicone.

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Monday, September 28, 2009    
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[Oops, forgot to post this morning! Sorry for the delay.]

Bows and axes, hearts and barbed wire... considering its split personality, I declare this collection the Mini Wheats cereal of jewellery (only much cooler and slightly less nutritious than frosted whole wheat). If it's breakfast where you are, have yourself a bowl of New Zealand fashion label Stolen Girlfriends Club.


Bonus link: one more barbed wire ring, this time from a rather unexpected fashion label: Burberry — or maybe that should Burrberry. Available on their non-USA sites for £95.

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Friday, September 25, 2009    
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Bloomin' brilliant: organic rings from the "Hidden in Nature" series by Rhode Island's Cheryl Eve. There's lots of gorgeous stuff from this artist, especially the "Fabric Tension" cuffs, so clickety-click!

Above, one more, from her "Urban Impression/Oceanic Bloom" collection.


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Want an even more organic bloom? Flapper's of Japan preserves real flowers to create lovely accessories for bridal wear or everyday.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009    
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Animal ears: what would school plays, Hallowe'en and Hugh Hefner be without them? These silver ear outline rings are by Austria's Katharina Schmid, whose website is just as playful as her jewellery (hint: the navigation is hidden in the stars).


Bonus link: The Great Frog of London (yes, "frog," not "fog") has an extensive array of skull rings, including this "Michael Mouse" who sports perhaps the most famous animal ears of all.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009    
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Do not be lulled by the pony. Ohio metalsmith Lisa M. Johnson offers up a dangerous dose of anvils, bullets and grenades in her collection of metal and porcelain work — enter portfolio with caution.


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Here's a pony that should lull you. Mirrored acrylic rocking horse ring by Hong Kong's Sweet & Co., purveyors of, well, all things sweet.


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For more dangerous design, including claws (pictured), thorns and shark teeth, check out London's Dominic Jones.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009    
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For the first of fall: bitten leaf and jeweled twigs by Japan's Lano.


Above, more twig rings by Toronto's Melanie LeBlanc.


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For even more twigs, branches and buds, including a selection of oxidized pieces, check out New York's Dear Swallow (Ria Charisse).

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Monday, September 21, 2009    
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Graphic punch! While these bands seem to lay it all out there with their bold geometric tiling, they actually have a shrouded inner life, as well: the pattern on the inside is comprised of a different shape compared to the exterior. From Australian jeweller Cinnamon Lee's "Secrets" series. More below:


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Friday, September 18, 2009    
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For weekends when you want to hit play or just pause time (and for Mondays when you might want to fast-forward): rings reminiscent of clunky cassette-player buttons by Taiwan's stepbystep.


Are cassettes too modern for you? In his ode to an even older era, Australia's Marcos Davidson creates miniature musical contraptions in a material befitting the time: Bakelite. Read more about the artist and these "sonic selectors." Below, his rings in action in present times:


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Need a little something for that turntable? Check out kitschy UK jewellery shop Bow and Crossbones for this vinyl record ring.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009    
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As I was saying yesterday about creepy dolls and moving eyelids...

All pieces above by Greek artist Aliki Stroumpouli (love that keyhole ring!). Visit her site for more, including paper rings, toilets and tubs.


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Why stop at just one eyeball, or even a pair? This ring by San Francisco's Beth Bloom features a cluster of plastic googly-eyes.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009    
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Ceramic dolls, as we all know, come alive at night, creep around the house and like to hover over you, watching you while you sleep. Understandably, Indiana's Melinda Risk has a fear of those dolls and their moving eyelids — except for the Kewpie variety, which she collects and which were the inspiration for her porcelain "Adam" and "Eve" rings, above.


While we're on the topic of body parts, I have to mention this bracelet by UK artist Robert Dancik. While not a finger ring, it is a ring of fingers — manicurist practice fingers, to be exact!


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Watch out, Adam and Eve! Brooklyn metalsmith Katrina Lapenne has a series of double snake rings, like this entwined duo in silver.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009    
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I dreamed I found some glorious teacup rings, posted them on my blog and made a horrible pun, something like, "These rings are just my cup of tea!" And then my dream came true.

Teacup rings and experiments in melamine by Australian designer Danyka van Buuren.


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Miniature teacup (and saucer) ring on adjustable band by Angel Eclectic of the UK. You can also get a bracelet with coordinating teapot!

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Monday, September 14, 2009    
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This is the reason colour was invented. Australian jeweller Meghan O'Rourke does fabulous, fabulous, fabulous stuff with anodized aluminum. Go see for yourself before I say it again: fabulous!


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Montreal's Christine Dwane also uses the technique of anodizing (titanium, in her case) to great effect, as in her "twisted" collection of coil rings.

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Friday, September 11, 2009    
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While studying in New Zealand, Connecticut metalsmith Tom Ferrero drew inspiration — and materials — from his environment. His "journal rings," showcasing bits of the Kiwi landscape in resin, are engraved with the source coordinates... which I like to think of as having one's birth certificate permanently tattooed.

Above: his cicada ring in silver, gold, copper and resin with New Zealand cicadas and fern leaf.


Here's another ring with a real cicada wing in resin, this time by Arizona's Charity Hall. Also pictured are her green moth ring (with real moth) and a crane fly ring in enamel.


Bonus link: cicadas are nice — what about maggots? Belgian jeweller Karla Poot created this maggot ring complete with tiny holes that simulate the damage caused by wood-boring pests.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009    
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Vienna-based Slovakian artist Viktoria Münzker Ferus examines the blurry line between natural and artificial materials while herself blurring the line between different types of jewellery.

Pictured are her ring pendants (or pendant rings), available for viewing on her blog.



Above: "Ringring" pendants by Korean designer Hye Ran Lee, who also created the awesome "jewel" stool, designed as though "mounted on a house of rings."


Bonus link: while that stool may be the largest diamond you see today, here's the smallest. Australian scientists have created the world's smallest diamond ring, measuring just five microns in diameter!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009    
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Photographic re-enactments of historical paintings are a hallmark of UK artist Maisie Broadhead. In her "Jewellery Depicted" series, she chooses paintings "where jewellery is at the centre of the image's meaning" and then creates the jewellery for real, revealing them to be "a collection of distorted and hidden half-truths." Pictured above are rings based on Portrait of a Jeweller (1516) by Franciabigio (1484-1525).


Bonus link: speaking of photographs, Seattle's Alison Mackey (of Mackey's Mark) makes great use of abstract photos by using them to colour her sterling jewellery!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009    
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The first day of school often means a sea of new faces and names. Stand out from the masses! Leave a (water-soluble) impression with this name stamp ring from industrial designer Afroditi Krassa of London. Even after the fiftieth handshake, you're sure to be remembered. (As the weirdo who stamps her name on people. Whether that's good or bad may vary by school.)


Bonus link: hanko stamp ring by Japan's Tetsurrow Murase. In Japan (and other parts of Asia), personalized hanko name stamps can be used in lieu of your signature on official documents.

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Monday, September 7, 2009    
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To mark Labour Day, how about some eggs? Chickens don't technically go into labour — but considering the size of their eggs, shouldn't it count? No? Well, these aren't technically eggs, so we're even. Ethereal "eggshell" rings made of epoxy and Japanese handmade paper by Washington, DC's Sharlaine Anapu.


Above, some more Japanese paper rings. As in Japanese paper-rings, not Japanese-paper rings. Although, in this case, said paper does happen to be Japanese. Capiche? By Japan's Michihiro Sato.


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Here's a ring with Japanese paper of a different sort. Germany's Gudrun Meyer uses foreign-to-her newspapers and packaging in her jewellery.

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Friday, September 4, 2009    
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It was delayed as long as possible this year, but it's arrived: Labour Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer. [Moment of silence.] But don't put away your shorts just yet! These sunny, picnicky fabric rings will look great on your hands as they clutch and grab at the very last remnants of lemonade season. By UK jeweller Jennifer Ann.


Bonus link: for more fabric rings, check out Toronto jeweller Shoco Saito's "Pochico" series featuring kimono cloth. The snap-on ring tops are interchangeable.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009    
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Holy crow! Check out the highly-detailed "Sprit Animals," one of many scuptural collections from California's K Brunini Jewels (Katey Brunini).


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I find crows terrifying, even in all-silver miniature editions like this piece from Japan's Y2Ag. It's all in that menacing perch.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009    
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I love maps. Too bad the question of one's position in relation to sea level isn't a matter of daily concern, because I love the look of topographic maps in particular. If you're like me and need the occasional dose of raised-relief contour lines, you can always get yourself a ring like this one by Seattle's Midori Saito.


Above: more vaguely topographic lines, in vaguely topographic shapes, from Czech jeweller Věra Nováková.


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Here's a paper ring featuring the unmistakable blue expanses and red lines of a regular road map. Ring by Portugal's Katrin Sinniger.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009    
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Did you see the heavens part on August 23rd? Did you hear the birds sing on August 28th? That's because I was in Munich and Amsterdam, respectively, standing mere inches from the very works of art to which I pay tribute on this here blog. I'm back from vacation but my head is still spinning from the experience of seeing such amazing rings live(!) and in person(!). Between this and the stroopwafels, it's a wonder I ever came back.

Above: yellow ring vending machine (the machine is yellow, that is — it sold red rings) located outside the galleries of Amsterdam's Redlight Design group, which consists of Ted Noten (that's his machine), Frédéric Braham, Gesine Hackenberg, Iris Nieuwenburg, Susanne Klemm and Jantje Fleischhut. You can search my site for previous posts on those designers who have websites, except for Ms. Fleischhut, whose completed site I've been awaiting for quite some time. I'm sure it will be worth the wait once it's up and running in full!

Above: shots from the jewellery room of Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne museum. This display was mind-blowing. I was like a cat on eponymous nip. Unfortunately, I was in a rush (the museum was about to close) and was unable to properly document who made what — I did photograph the legend but the picture didn't turn out. Apologies to the artists! At least I got a shot of the giant wall of names!

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