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Monday, January 31, 2011    
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There's more where these came from. 92 more, in fact. I can barely stop myself from posting the entirety of "100 Rings of Solitude" by Inari Kiuru, a Finnish jeweller currently studying in Australia. I couldn't even wait for her website to stop being "under construction"; you can find the 100 rings on her blog for now.


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while the above collection is a play on 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, this ring comes from a collection by another Gabriel — Gabriel Reinoso of Cuba (now living in Italy).

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Friday, January 28, 2011    
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I love how these pieces juxtapose clean, brushed silver with an element of surprise, be it an accent of colour or a burst of crystals. Rings by Stockholm-based Romanian jeweller Kuki Constantinescu.


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Speaking of accents of colour, here's L'Accent Nou (Spain's Anastasia Egorova) and one of her ceramic rings with vibrant spots of red and green.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011    
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Tea, deconstructed. London's Annie Banian turns tea sets into jewellery, fusing porcelain fragments with gold and silver. Inspired by traditional English culture, her work plays on "the decadent experience of afternoon tea with a modern twist... embracing the most English of ladies by paying a parodic homage to them." Pictured above are her handle and back-stamp rings.


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North America's got much more of a coffee culture than a tea culture. For you bean addicts, here's a copper coffee ring by Connecticut's Elena Samsonova (originally from Russia).

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011    
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Nobody likes a manipulative person — unless that person is Greek jeweller Niki Stylianou and what she's manipulating is rubber and paper.

Above, what looks like a stack of thin gold bands is actually paint and gold leaf on paper and wire.


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Of course, it's hard to think of manipulating paper without thinking of origami. This lacquer-coated origami flower ring is by Satoko's Origami Jewelry of the UK.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011    
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Something about these rings immediately brought to mind images of highways and ramps in mid-construction. So, I wasn't surprised to see that they were from the "Urbanity" collection by French jeweller Blandine Luce. I fully endorse putting my tax dollars toward these.


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Here's a little urbanity, 1800s style. Train ring with bridge bangle by Poland's Kamilla Rohn.

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Monday, January 24, 2011    
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Don't be shy. Face the camera.

That's more like it!

Fun, chunky "Drink me!" and "Eat me!" rings by Germany's Antje Stolz.


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the last pair of rings above reminded me of these "Harlequin" rings by Danish acrylic jewellery designer Zarah Voigt (actually a set of three; also comes in zebrawood).

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Friday, January 21, 2011    
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If you like to cook, you must visit this artist. If you don't like to cook, you must order yourself a pizza, and then you must visit this artist. Nova Scotia's Berkeley Brown (currently in Scotland) combines the culinary and jewellery worlds in her charming collection.

Above, one of her rings featuring strips of food writing. Swoon.


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Japan's Momo Jewelry (Momoko Noda) also has some nods to the kitchen in her work, such as a whisk pendant or the biscuit ring shown here.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011    
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New Zealand's Nga Waiata pairs wood and stone from NZ and Australia, creating chunky pieces that are — I'm just going to have to go with the obvious line here — naturally beautiful.


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Meanwhile, in another hemisphere, Poland's Amber Abram (Michał Abramczuk) does similar work (but pairing wood with Baltic amber, of course).

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011    
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Just a pinch of silver.

UK artist Lucie Gledhill is interested in things. Coincidentally, I am also interested in things. What kind of things? Fingerthings.


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London's Martine Wester partnered with Nails Inc. to create boxed sets of matching rings and nail polish. (With talons like the ones above, you'll probably need more than one bottle.)

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011    
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Boo! (Like a scary boo, I mean, not a thumbs-down boo. Just so we're clear. Carry on.)

Like their name suggests, the UK's EVOL HEIST has just got an UPPER CASE kind of style. If you need to STAND UP AND SHOUT, this is the jewellery you wear.


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For a simpler acrylic ring, check out this sleek piece from Oregon's Tyler Pesek. The inner layer is available in multiple colours (or wood, if you like).

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Monday, January 17, 2011    
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According to the Silversun Pickups song "Rusted Wheel," you can't hold a star in your hand. According to this rusted ring, however, you can hold a stalagmite. Ashley Winnington-Ball created this stalagmite ring by layering drips of resin onto a found piece of rusted metal.

Above, more rings from the Toronto artist, who likes to work with materials that "most would call waste."


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you don't have to worry about rust here — these rings are gold! Rings by London's Rust (married duo Nao Utsumi & Artemis Russell), who favour traditional styles like signets and engraved bands.

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Friday, January 14, 2011    
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An exploration of colour and texture by Michigan artist Tiffany Massey.


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Here's some more bright colour, but with a soft rather than rough texture in the form of interchangeable felt panels. By Germany's Dodo Duexmann.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011    
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Woolly weather calls for woolly rings, like these sculptural felted Merino rings by Strong Felt (North Carolina's Lisa Klakulak).


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Here's some more felt from Japan's Eri Fukada, who also collaborates with Kana Umeda (mentioned last April) under the brand Démaé Jewellery.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011    
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One of my favourite things is illustrated porcelain, so I recently treated myself to a modern porcelain sake set with gold silhouettes by Japanese designer Shin Matsunaga (just to look at, not to use). Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the set — but I do have a picture of these charming, illustrated porcelain rings by Australian artist Abby Seymour, one half of design duo Goldenink (the other half is Katherine Wheeler, whom I mentioned last July).


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Imprinted porcelain is pretty nice, too, like this ring with a lace design (actually made of cold porcelain) by Paris-based Portuguese artist Sofia Barão.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011    
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No fitter day than 1/11/11 for my first post of the year. (Nevermind 1/1/11 — five ones are better than four!) Happy 2011 to you all :)

I spent my holiday in Mexico and it's been very tough getting back into the swing of things here. Since my head is still south of the borders (plural), let's kick things off with Texas jeweller Ale Bremer and her "Mexican Finds" collection, featuring embedded bottlecaps, found embroidery and loteria cards.


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Mexico is typically associated with silver, of course, so here's an atypically-shaped silver ring by Mexican jeweller Ariadna Correa Calleja of CC Jewelry.

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