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Friday, February 26, 2010


Friday's a good day for some Random Pluckings from my Bookmarks!

"Duality" ring in silver and cane by Georgia's Ashley Warsaw.


Enamel and cable rings by Germany's Luise Neugebauer.


Haunting antique photo rings by Australia's Shauna Mayben.


"Rocky" rings by Poland's Filip Jackowski.


Black gold with diamonds by Denmark's Jytte Kloeve.

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Want more black? Check out Germany's Philip Klar and his minimalist black horn rings with touches of silver.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

These exuberant acrylic "sea anemones" aren't even the most interesting pieces on her site. That would be the wooden walking cane that she turned into a necklace. A walking cane! Into a necklace! Welcome to the mind of Germany's Mareile Tinzmann.


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For more colourful acrylic rings bursting with sprouts — silver sprouts, in this case — see these "bloom" rings by Chilean jeweller Liliana Ojeda.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Petal paroxysm: German artist Nora Rochel breaks away from the "old fashioned," "sentimental" and "naive" aspect of flowers, exploring instead their visual complexity. No pink posies here! The results are mesmerizing.


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If you like things to be neat and tidy, Finnish jeweller Marisanna Multamaa of Devi Jewellery has this silver ring that resembles a clean stack of uniform petals.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010



These rings bring to mind that Steven Wright joke: "I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body — only two inches taller." Silicone finger rings by Oregon artist Elizabeth Yates, featuring replicas of her own digits — life-sized, not two inches longer.


Bonus link: also concerned with bodily matters is French artist Emmanuel Lacoste, who made the finger brace rings pictured here. See more from his anatomically-themed collection on his site, ex-carne.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

If he doesn't already, Jacek Byczewski really ought to take up snowboarding, because he's got a great sense of balance. The Polish jeweller artfully straddles the line between traditional and new, creating diamond rings that feel classic but are never, ever ordinary.


Bonus link: some more pieces that mix "new" and "traditional." These rings by New Jersey interior designer Mitchell Turnbough mimic the shape of traditional diamond solitaires but are made entirely of white gold (including the "gem").

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Friday, February 19, 2010

With all these competitive athletes in town, I've got gold and silver on the mind. Above: lovely, understated rings by Japan's Taketomi.


More gold and silver from London's Daisy Knights.


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Some of those athletes might want to get their hands on this piece as a good-luck charm. Winged ring in silver from the "victory" series by UK jeweller Odette.

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Of course, let's not forget about bronze! Sculptural wolf's head ring made of bronze lines by Lois Martens, a former lab tech who moved to Italy and took up metalsmithing.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Considering his design aesthetic (look no further than these stunning rings in quartz and gems), it will not shock you to learn that California's Scott Beckerman also designs sleek perfume bottles for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana — a job he was seemingly born to do. I bet his high school guidance counselor had no problem determining the colour of his parachute.

Above, more of his sleek and chunky rings in agate and jasper.


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Brazil's Radu Designs has more chunky rings in solid quartz and aquamarine for your perusal. Theirs are topped with flowers in 18k gold.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For me, rings are like drugs — but I'm perfectly open to alternative medicines, too, like this acupuncture ring by Argentina's 2212 (2212°C being the boiling point of silver).

Below, some of her botanical bursts:


Bonus link: you've seen cabbages before (just look at the ring above!) but have you seen a cabbage tree? New Zealand's Jo Luping offers this photogram ring featuring the cabbage tree, a plant endemic to her home country.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What to wear to a "Lost" finale party: "Safety Jewelry" by Ohio artist Stephanie Schwallie, featuring images from airline safety cards. The ring was a typewriter key in its former (or is it parallel?) life.


Maybe, like me, you're more of a "Dexter" fan. L.A.'s Renee Andriole has an intriguing collection of blade rings — just in case you run into a blood splatter analyst in a dark alley.


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Television ring by UK jeweller Sarah Pugh of Rock Cakes. She's even thoughtfully tilted the screen at such an angle that makes it easy to watch the screen... for the serious addict.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Conspicuous consumption, peak oil, or just a plumbing snafu? Like some golden version of Rorschach's test, these spewing rings could mean many things. For their creator, Michigan's Patrick Shureb, they symbolize "Exorbitance."


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"Exorbitant" is definitely one word that comes to mind when I look at this wild, spiralling, diamond spectacle by Spain's Kolodesign.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

I'm fairly close to a lot of the Olympic activity so the next couple of weeks are going to be a bit crazy. Still, let the games begin — starting with these Mouse Trap game-piece rings (in Olympic colours, no less) by California's Denise J. Bonaimo. Her "Game" series is full of jewellery made of bingo tokens, Battleship pieces, pick-up sticks and more. As much fun as a barrel of monkeys! (She has those, too.)


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This is the "Scrabble" ring by San Francisco's DAC Metals (David Casella). Though not tile-shaped, you can play with it by arranging and re-arranging the random letters.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Can you call them brass knuckles if they're made of crystal?

Of if the knuckles are shaped like a tongue? Seattle artist Debra Baxter says yes. Don't miss her gallery for more crystal, tongues and an array of sculptures in alabaster.


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Though not exactly a knuckleduster, this chain ring is also designed to span multiple fingers. From the "heavy metal" collection by Hello Drama of Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A juxtaposition of the traditional and the contemporary: Italy's Camilla Teglio combines clean silver lines with wood blocks covered in Japanese washi paper. (English really ought to have more words that begin with juxt, don't you think?)

Some more samples of her work, above.


Bonus link: another Italy-based designer concerned with "then and now" is Kostantia Manthou (originally from Greece); these bronze rings are from her "slices of history" series.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010



I'll let her own website do the talking. Enter the world of Tennessee's Jennifer Culp.


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For more interesting and conceptual jewellery, see Philadelphia's Chun Chun (born and raised in Hong Kong). Pictured are the Dualità salt and pepper shaker rings.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Morbid Monday, and another installment in our on-going series, Japanese Designers Who Love Bloodied Animals. These killer rings are by London-based Momoko Tamura of momocreatura.


Before you sic PETA on me, here's a herd of perfectly intact animals by Atelier VM (Italy's Viola Naj-Oleari and Marta Caffarelli).


And while we're on the topic of sculpted animal rings, I finally have a chance to post these — the only anteater rings I've ever seen! The first version, on the left, is from 2007; on the right is the latest version. By Argentina's Rita Bambidele Hampton of miniaturas en metal.


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One more sculpted bird, this time from Los Angeles jeweller Gara Danielle. The wrap-around eagle ranges from $126 to $500, depending on your choice of stone (for the eyes) and metal.

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Friday, February 5, 2010


All eyes forward, please, as Belgian jeweller and sculptor Arnaud Sprimont gives us a little lesson in morphology.


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Following a similar school of thought is British silversmith Jemma Daniels with this pod ring from her "Reflections of Movement" collection.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taipei-born, Holland-trained, Tokyo-based textile designer Mina Wu created "Pavlov's Wedding Rings" after reading about his early life of poverty and how his mother used to earn money by knitting. Those would, of course, be dog teeth decorating the glove/ring.


Above, some more yarn rings by Texas jeweller Kelly Stiles. These remind me vaguely of Navajo weaving patterns (though I'm not convinced that the top one isn't a martini). She's also responsible for these sweet rings:


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Recalling another culture native to the Americas are the Aztec pyramid rings by Australia's TMOD. The shanks are emblazoned with messages in Braille; translations are etched inside the bands.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's time to enter the secret and exciting world of... boxes! No, seriously. Inspired by "Victorian sentimentality, a childhood fascination with concealment, and 18th & 19th century furniture," UK metalsmith Hannah Livingston has taken the simple concept of a box and created an enchanting collection of jewellery. Pictured above is her "casket" ring in oxidized sterling, crystal, white topaz and Florentine paper.


Bonus link: another box ring, this time from Toronto jeweller Carolyn Scandiffio. This piece is from her "Urban Flora" series, which explores the tension between constructed elements and natural growth.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Here in Vancouver, we're going through the warmest winter on record. While ski organizers are frantically importing snow in time for what may be the "Spring Olympics," I say bring on the warm days (no matter what the groundhog says) — and what better way to get in the springtime mood than with these delightful pastel pod rings in silicone and porcelain by Tamara Grüner.

For more from this German jeweller (including the natural pod rings above), visit her website, Schmuck Designerin.


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For plenty of more pods, see Australia's Melanie Honor Clarke. Pictured is her "Proud Pod" ring in silver with blackend exterior and polished interior.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The "Redundant" ring by Israel's Saron Paz comes as a silver or gold zip-tie that you fit around your finger. Once it's snug, snip off the remainder to leave a "precious useless leftover." Just don't try to reheat it in the microwave the next day.


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In a less wasteful frame of mind is New Zealand's Kay Van Dyk, who uses recycled materials in her jewellery; the rings shown here are silver and Formica.

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