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Tuesday, August 31, 2010    
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A plethora of piquing pairings from Korean artist Minhee Seo. Visit her site to see the full "Love Story" series, in which she creates complementary wedding rings that become one shape when they "hold hands."


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Similar in concept (and colour) are these USB engagement rings from Dutch artist Julie Van Hees. Also check out her DVD-lens pendants!

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Monday, August 30, 2010    
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Dandelions are a great symbol for the end of summer — a burst of warm, bright yellow which then fades and blows away into the autumn wind. Nope, the truth in this ring cannot be denied: September is right around the corner. Ring by Ireland's Sabrina Meyns.


Above, another ring vaguely reminiscent of dandelion seeds, from Sweden's Åsa Halldin.


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For those not willing to let go of summer just yet, there's this fun watermelon ring made from polymer clay by Indiana's Silastones (Ponsawan Sila).

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Friday, August 27, 2010    
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In Japanese, "Ara!" means, loosely, "Oh my!" And that's exactly what I was thinking as I perused the portfolio of Taiwanese jeweller Ara Kuo, who offers a little something surprising in every piece.


Bonus link: I love that clear bird but it's definitely a "special occasion" ring. For everyday wear, try a clear acrylic marble perched on your finger instead. This "figure 8" ring is by UK jeweller Caroline Smith.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010    
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Gilded.

I covet these strong, simple, porcelain double-rings by Brooklyn's Alma Handmade (Andrea Miranda Salas).


Bonus link: if you like simple, modern porcelain, you may want to check out Germany's Weissglut Design (Stefan Kiefer & Jessica Zwack). Their focus is largely on vessels but they also have some rings and pendants.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010    
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A green gem for a greener planet: "Bubbly Emerald" ring in silver and recycled champagne bottle by Rhode Island's Alice Jee Chung.


As for the non-glass portion of a champagne bottle, Argentina's Francine Oeyen has this cork piece with a cute house detail in silver. See more of her jewellery at her latest project, Be My Walking Gallery.


Bonus link: if beer is your preferred bubbly, Connecticut's Frances Morgan Oliver has this take on the bottlecap ring. (The flattened cap may appear to wrap around on its own but it's held in place by wire in the back.)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010    
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In case yesterday wasn't enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, Germany's Tanja Hartmann has some delightful meringue rings in a whole feast of flavours (and licorice rings, too — she does, after all, live next door to the Dutch).


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Still a bit shy of a sugar coma? Then have a cupcake (or, to use the much awesomer British term, "fairy cake"). Ring in rubber and silver by Turkish jeweller Ayşe Kozaci.

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Monday, August 23, 2010    
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These sweet rings came out in 2004 — but sugar doesn't go bad (especially not in ring form) so they're A-OK by me. Sugar wedding rings by German artist Pia Pasalk of Content and Container.


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Good thing salt doesn't spoil, either! An experiment — from 2005 — in salt, silver, lead and steel by British metalsmith and lecturer David Clarke.

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Friday, August 20, 2010    
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Sometimes, when nature speaks, it shouts — and my fingers are all ears. Rings above from the "Nature Speaks" collection by Portland, Oregon's Andy Lifschutz.


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Here's some more chunky, quartzy goodness from Spain's Rosa Martínez Arcos, the jeweller behind Roux Bijoux. She also has a collection of silver animal rings.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010    
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In that little overlap in the Venn diagram of thread-knitters and metal-knitters sits Norway's Helene Josefsen, with these gorgeous little objects. (The second photo above is actually of a brooch, but I included it for a clearer picture of the contrast between the two materials.)


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Here's a silver ring with some overlapping circles — though not in that typical Venn arrangement — from another Norwegian jeweller, Elisabeth Hoff.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010    
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Do rubber feathers come from rubber chickens? No, they come from Ian Henderson. The Boston artist wraps ribbons of rubber over an aluminum frame to create these light, plumed pieces.


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For more colourful aluminum, check out John Clayborn. The designer, who splits his time between Puerto Rico and Chicago, makes these bright, loopy rings from anodized aluminum.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010    
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I love it when jewellers give an organic quality to ceramic, and I have a double dose of that today. First: some small porcelain pods by Maria Hees, a Dutch designer who makes bags as well as jewellery.


More porcelain pods in pastel by England's MaaP Studio (Polish- born Monika Skrzypkowska).


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Here's a ceramic ring decorated with pod-less peas. Toronto artist Cathy Gee also makes tiles, bowls and vases in addition to her line of nature-inspired jewellery.

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Monday, August 16, 2010    
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So much of Hollywood these days is plastic, I wonder how far we are from celebrities just going whole-hog and setting their entire faces in resin. I mean, everything looks great when preserved in a clear encasing! Encasing in point: these rings by British designer Peter Spilsbury, who works with natural specimens like plants and feathers. Be sure to check out his blog to see some great comic-art jewellery in resin, as well.


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Here's another ring embedded with some natural plantlife. Ring by Swiss jeweller Sophie Bütikofer, who also works with other natural materials such as horn and wool.

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Friday, August 13, 2010    
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Taiwan's Anny Ching Chin Hsieh takes us from ugly ducklings...

... to adorable bunnies ...

... to clean, modern metal (like this "autumn leaves" ring).


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Like the "autumn leaves" ring above, this "sharp leaf" ring features clean lines, a crisp crease and a simple shape. Gold ring with rubies by Ireland's Helena Malone.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010    
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In the immortal words of philosopher Olivia Newton-John, let's get physical. Stephanie Robinson's kinetic rings are inspired by "simple mechanisms such as hinges and pistons" and aim for "a linear design in motion." To quote the New Hampshire-based jeweller even further:

"This series concentrates on the wearer creating movement in the pieces. The wearer's ring finger fits in the silver ring, and the little finger fits the gold ring. When the little finger moves up and down, a playful and surprising movement is created!"


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Nora Dougherty also makes rotating, kinetic rings, inspired by the wind and waves of her environment (the California coast). Pictured is her "balance" ring in sterling silver.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010    
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In the brutal heat, these "frozen" glass rings are a soothing, cooling sight for the eyes — as are the white enamel bands. Rings by Japan's Atmosphere (formerly known as Brutal Works).


Here's a case of a ring that was too cold. Dissatisfied with the coldness of her sculptural metal ring, Belgium's Shana Teugels dipped it in latex then sprayed it in white paint. You can view the piece on her blog; her own site is currently under construction.


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If you'd rather relish the heat than beat it, this white coral ring will have you dreaming of sandy beaches and clear, warm waters. Ring by England's Anna Bagnall.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010    
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"Self portrait" ring by Jaclyn E. Podlaski, a Connecticut artist who may or not be made of enamelled silver.


Here's another long ring: "Chimney" by Polish-born artist Klara Pokrzywko, who now splits her time between Montreal and Los Angeles.


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In the warmer months, you might want a tube ring that offers a bit more ventilation — like this silver crochet piece by Israeli product designer Yael Falk of Baribua Design.

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Monday, August 9, 2010    
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All those people who misspell "angle" as "angel" must have Susan Ewing on their minds, because her angled "Arquitectonica" rings are pure heaven. (That made more sense in my head.)

She even has sharp points in her "Ring for Making Bubbles." The Ohio metalsmith has many interesting pieces, so don't let my cheesy write-up deter you from a visit!


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Here's a nice little piece featuring some simpler, softer angles. Ring by Indiana metalsmith Elizabeth Beeson of Quite Clever Jewelry.

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Friday, August 6, 2010    
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Time yet again for Random Pluckings from my Bookmarks, otherwise known as "here are a bunch of rings I like but which I haven't had time to write anything about, excuse the preposition at the end."

Above: perspex ring by Germany's Francesca Stadelmayr.


"Starlight Baby" resin rings by Canadian artist Hikaru Kiyonaga.


"Eye of Horse" by UK designer Clovis Wilson-Copp.


Familiar objects reimagined by Germany's Silke Rehermann.


"Gold Ring" money stamp by UK artist Nicholas O'Donnell-Hoare.


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Too bad that "money" (above) is about as useful as this abacus would be at adding it all up! Beaded abacus ring by Austrian artist Susanne Kompast.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010    
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We're a little gridlocked today.
Ring from the "grid" collection by California's Rebecca Deans.


"Collated" ring by Scotland's Lisa J. Murphy.


Another grid from another Scottish jeweller: Sarah Spalding.


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Here's a long grid ring in silver with sapphire by Russian jeweller German Kabirski. This piece is one of many available in the G. Kabirski shop.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010    
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The perfect accompaniment for yesterday's collar and tie: this awesome "Funny Face" is brought to us by Yvonne Hung of San Francisco's The Harbinger Co. She has other styles of spectacles available but only this one comes with the nose and dapper mustache.


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Isette of Illinois has more spectacles and mustaches for your dress-up needs. Her shop is full of pieces in lasercut acrylic and wood.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010    
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I've heard of "ring around the collar" but this is a little different. This formal finger attire in copper, brass and cotton is an ode to "people who see what they want and go get it." By Alberta artist Jennifer Akkermans.


Meanwhile, in the other half of Canada, Toronto's Tweek (Cassandra Ellen) reclaims men's ties and turns them into big, bold rings.


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If you're more into girly bows than manly ties, Japan's Putih Manis has you covered with their dainty filigree ribbon rings. They also have delicate knots if filigree is too frou-frou.

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Monday, August 2, 2010    
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A little minimalism for your Monday, courtesy of Korean artist Soo Yeon Kim. Her "Pain" series is made from silver, brass and acrylic color.


Another simple design, with a little twist — literally. By Japan's Cherry Brown (Keiko Ishikawa).


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Lenka Trubačová of the Czech Republic has a similarly twisted piece, but with a thicker treatment of the metal. This is her "Trichoptera" engagement ring.

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