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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

There are hearts where my pupils used to be — should I consult a doctor? Nah, I'd rather spend more time staring at these gorgeous rings (shown with brooches) by Dutch jeweller Floor Mommersteeg.


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If you like those quiet colours but are looking for a more traditional ring, see UK jeweller Natalie Jane Harris, who uses a lot of pretty, muted stones in her work.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Can you guess the inspiration?

Filmstrip, maybe?

Guess again.

Visit Ireland's Niamh Spain for a collection of architecturally-inspired pieces in powder-coated silver.


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For more architectural rings, check out Italian jeweller Claudio Tacchi. While I've featured a few house rings before, I think this might be my first garage ring!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Closing up Spacer Ring Week is, fittingly, a ring made of something you use to close things up! Clustered button ring by Switzerland's Laura Pregger.


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For more (regular, non-spacer) button rings, visit Julia Fujita, a jeweller and artist who grew up in Argentina but who now calls Australia home.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

For the penultimate day of Spacer Ring Week, I bring you these T-bar rings in silver and steel by Norwegian jeweller Runa Vethal Stølen.


Bonus link: here's another T-bar spacer ring, though this "T" has slightly curved ends (perhaps those are serifs). It's just one of many from Italy's Pitipú (Roberto Abheeru Berruti & Asya Dawn Jaya).

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spacer Ring Week continues. Warm up your purring muscles, because you'll be droning in awe at the beautiful organic creations of Kansas-based jeweller Heather Bayless. (She's married to equally talented metalsmith Dukno Yoon, whom I blogged in March.)


Bonus link: while I love the organic lacuna-like holes in those spacer rings, symmetrically-patterned perforations are cool, too, like those found in the work of Germany's Anne von Waechter.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Continuing with Spacer Ring Week, these futuristic swoops in anodized aluminum are the "personal tuning" rings by Polish product designer Tetrahedron (Agnieszka Fijałkowska).


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For more anodized aluminum (like the "tumble" rings shown here) and clean, modern, "folded" silver, visit Australia's Alison Jackson.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Slot, gap, blank, margin, interval, in-between, midway and cleft — all words I considered when I decided I need a way to describe those between-the-finger rings. In the end, I decided to go simple with "spacer ring." These pieces rest in the in-between space and do separate the digits like a spacer (while "space" without the "r" makes me think of outer space) so... spacer ring, it is! And I hope you like them, because that'll be my theme all week long!

First up is this giant ball of pine from Australia's Linda van Niekerk. The large spherical shape is ideal for nestling between, rather than on, the fingers.


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Love the wooden ball but need something on a slightly smaller scale? Here's a double-ball ring on a shank that loops between the fingers by Brazil's Biane Motta.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

See what's new this week in the shop!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Because you never know when...

...you might need a disguise. Check out Georgia's Stephanie Voegele, who gives you plenty to explore over the weekend.


Bonus link: when your mustache is this great, they call you Mister. Mr. Kate, that is. Check out this Los Angeles jeweller for playful pieces like this mustache with gemstone.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nobody panic! I've been to an IKEA!

There. (I'm pretty sure that one piece is supposed to stick out.) Assembled ring by UK-based Korean jeweller Jinju Kim, most of whose work centers around beading and pierced metal.


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Here's a ring anybody could handle, no matter what his or her construction skills: one nut, one screw. Kinetic ring by Italy's FuturoRemoto (Gianni De Benedittis).

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UK artist Farrah Al-Dujaili considers drawing an important part of her design process — so much so that her drawing materials are incorporated right into her metalwork. These copper rings are coated not just in enamel but also pencil and watercolour.


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Drawings are also important to North Carolina's Allover Art (Ruth Jones), whose jewellery is decorated with her own colourful hand-painted illustrations.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


While some people risk their lives tornado-chasing, I get my thrills from the safety of my chair, admiring these tornado-like paper rings by UK-based Taiwanese jeweller Li-Chu Wu.


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If you do crave a little danger, Dutch jeweller Lisette Colijn has a collection filled with glass shards and metal spikes (like this silver ring with an inward spike).

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Monday, November 15, 2010


I'm no botanist, but I'm pretty sure gemstones grow on trees. At least, that's what Australia's Saori Kita has me convinced of, with these stones budding from cast metal twigs.


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For more twig rings in gold and silver, both with and without gems, check out California jeweller Kristin Coffin.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

See what's new this week in the shop!

Friday, November 12, 2010


It's not just jewellery, it's "zooelry!" This awesome anthropomorphic herd — as well as the rings from Wednesday and Thursday of this week — created by... drumroll, please... South Korea's Jinsun Eo. For much, much more from this artist, visit Popcraft (navigation hint: once you click on one of the subpages via the folders on the right, easily page through the site by clicking the numbers at the bottom of the page).


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Speaking of "zooelry," here's a plated metal rhino ring from Brooklyn's MelanyBE. The jeweller has a cool collection incorporating leather, lace and chains.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010



I suddenly understand the appeal of trainspotting. Continuing with this week's mystery jeweller, here are some fabulous kinetic rings.


Bonus link: for sleek, streamlined kinetic rings with bright pops of colour, check out Germany's PUR Atelier (Hans Hermann Lingenbrinck), whose "Swivel" rings feature flexible, interchangeable tops.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I saw this...


...which made me go like this.


I love this jeweller so much, I just have to post pictures through Friday (sorry, queue!), at which point I'll reveal who it is!


Bonus link: if you want a robot ring for everyday wear, this fabric-covered button ring will do the trick. "Retro Robot" ring from Texas shop Yum Yum Pendants, which specializes in Scrabble tile pendants.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Continuing from yesterday, here are some more gnarly plant limbs — this time, it's Janet Theresa Miller of Victoria, BC. While they are lovely, something about them has triggered terrifying flashbacks to Disney's "The Watcher in the Woods." If you need me, I'll be cowering in a corner, trying not to think of mirrors and blindfolds.


Bonus link: of course, a more famous Disney mirror would be the one from "Snow White." Get this "Fairest of Them All" ring from UK shop Lunarrastar, where you'll also find pieces inspired by Alice and Oz.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Rebecca Barton shows us the roots of her inspiration — literally. The Illinois artist, inspired by plant life, explores everything from the leaves to the oft-ignored roots.


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For a ring with tree roots, check out UK jeweller Marcelle Lawson-Smith. The Brazil native is known for her dramatic, narrative jewellery.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Well, I guess this is one way you could carry some cash without having to bring your entire purse.

On the other hand, there's this "Money Stick" option (as long as the bartender doesn't mind getting paid in strips). Be sure to check out all the interesting work in the portfolio of Branca Cuvier, a Portuguese artist based in Amsterdam.


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California's Stephanie Schroder specializes in rings that really are purses. Her sconce-shaped evening bags adored with gemstones and feathers are chained to sterling silver rings.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

What's in a name? At first, this was just a simple ring, a ribbon of metal. But after reading its name, I can't un-see it: it's a swan! Silver and copper ring by New Zealand's Natalie Guy.


Above, some more simple silver and copper by South Africa's Dear Rae (Karin Rae Matthee).


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This engagement ring also features some not-so-obvious birds. Two swallows hold up a diamond in this ring by Dutch designer Lucas Van Vugt, made for his brother.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

If you don't think "tough" when you think "porcelain," you don't know Denmark's Lise Damsager Hansen. This combination knuckle-duster and cufflink with porcelain teeth is killer.

Less menacing but just as cool are her chunky pieces with wood and gold leaf.


Bonus link: another ring with some tough attitude is this "Nine Inch Nails" ring made of — you guessed it — nine 1" nails. It's part of a project in which band names are literally interpreted as wearable objects: One Hand Band.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inspired by yesterday's propellors, here are a couple of rings that fan out: "Jana" ring with crystals by Jill Golden of New York's Flutter (top) and fanning teardrops by Denmark's Kia Utzon-Frank.


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Here's one more fan ring from the aptly-named "Fan" collection, one of three modern silver series by UK jeweller Amy Wood.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

So, I thought we'd start the week with some spinning fish eyeballs in vials of formaldehyde.

In his "Eye Movements" series, New York's Patrick Perry "stimulate[s] dialogue through the creative uses of materials not usually associated with jewelry" and "play[s] with the concept of eye-wear."


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If you'd like some spinning action without the preserved fish eyes, UK jeweller Sarah Wilkie has this kinetic "Wind Power Wishes" propellor ring in silver.

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