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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A trio of botanical rings today, starting with this bourgeoning work in silver and pearls from the "Secret Garden" collection by RISD student Rebekah Joy Martinez.


Putting focus on the under-represented physalis plant is Germany's Christine Brodersen (who also has some nice knot rings).


Not your typical leaf ring! Gorgeous "Supernatural" ring by Italian jeweller Simona Materi.


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Another botanical ring from Chicago jeweller and art therapist Amy Burkholder, whose "Enlightenment" series focusses on the ginkgo leaf.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Elephants just might be the opposite of lace but they all get the same precious, delicate treatment from New York's 24Karas (Elizabeth Karas), who makes "jewelry for dreamers." For me, the combination conjures up images of a princess riding a pachyderm through the streets of Jaipur...


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pictured at far left is another elephant ring; the elephant is actually a gold opium weight. Also pictured is an amazing sphinx ring. Both pieces by Switzerland's Cadeaux Jewelry.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

It's a long weekend for some — are you beach-bound? If so, you may encounter UK jeweller Hollie Paxton and her fun "seaside" collection.


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Despite being in Colorado, Lisa Wells is also inspired by the sea. Check out her site, Reliquiae Jewelry, for an assortment of embellished shell rings.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

In "Bridge Builder," Korea's Elyona imagines a young engineer during the Industrial Revolution and turns out a collection filled with nuts and bolts and rings based on the geometric structures of the engineer's bridge. Visit the site for all the pieces!


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Elyona's logo (pictured at far left) reminded me of this triangular oxidized silver ring from Australia's Jeu de Tree (Nadine Treister).

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wood, turquoise, crystal and gold leaf are the four basic food groups feeding this collection from Los Angeles jeweller Sophie Monet, who's inspired by the natural environment.


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If you like those pyramids but consider yourself a metaltarian, check out these rings from another Angeleno, Shayan Afshar.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

With all those fruit rings out there, it's nice to see veggies getting their due! These crochet sprout rings are part of a larger "vege" collection by Japan's jungjung, which includes an adorable array of radishes, beans, cauliflower and more.


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check out this post from the kevinEats blog for an account of an elaborate meal at é by José Andrés in Las Vegas. It includes a serving of beet rings presented in a jewellery box!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Argentina's Miss Pelpa (Marta Oviedo) is here to brighten your Monday with these bulbous rings made from paper mache!


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Here's a ring that's literally bulbous. Lightbulb ring by UK jeweller Theresa Moore, who works mainly with silver and seaglass.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Before you enjoy your weekend, enjoy the work of Nicola Mather. The UK jeweller works mainly with stainless steel and photo-etched silver.


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more photo-etched rings from another UK jeweller, Zara Lo. These copper pieces were inspired by Broadcasting Tower, a student residence in Leeds.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Forget your smartphone — this baby can fax! Visit Oregon's Colin Kippen for this plus a great array of rough, oxidized silver rings that look like they were chipped off a rocky cliff.


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here's another paper scroll ring — but you supply your own message. Write a little note, roll it up tightly, and insert in the silver tube. "Message in a Ring" by Dutch-born Miami jeweller Margriet "Mahi" Livain.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oh. I would trade my first-born for one of these. Only, I don't have a first-born... but maybe I could borrow yours? They're worth it! Beaded dodecahedron rings by Japan's Katsura Sasaki.


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If dodecahedrons are too geometrically showy for you, scale it back to these simple 2-D shape rings by Italy's Thereza Pedrosa.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Mother Nature is the best designer. Of course, it doesn't hurt when she gets some help from Dutch jeweller Natalie Dissel, whose bold, raw crystal jewellery is made from ethically-sourced materials.


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for more gorgeous crystal clusters, check out Singapore's AstralEYE. Pictured is a flame aura (aka rainbow aura) ring, featuring quartz whose surface has been bonded with titanium molecules.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Careful — these rings have a dark side! Hinges, protrusions and a dark/light contrast figure prominently in this collection from Israel's Maayan Kanyas.


Above, more hinges and protrusions, this time from Australia's Susan Ewington.


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here's another cool hinged ring available at Topman, brother site of popular UK fashion retailer Topshop.

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Friday, May 13, 2011


If Danielle Nicole Hills offers to uncork a bottle of red, make sure you know what you're in for. Shown above are the New York metalsmith's "Medical Sample" (with stage blood) and "Predator" rings from her collection, Gilding Primal Instinct. I get the feeling this is one person who embraces, rather than fears, Friday the 13th!


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if you do have a case of friggatriskaidekaphobia, perhaps this totem shield ring from Fortune Favors the Brave (Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson) will help you feel somewhat protected.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Scratch what I said yesterday. If anything reminds me of Cracker Jack, it's these treat-filled rings in crocheted vinyl from Missouri's o*LiveLand (Olive Kraus).


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Want more vinyl? How 'bout a vinyl record? When the Music's Over is a UK shop selling rings and cuffs made from recycled vintage records. Buy one and they'll send you a design picked at random.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

These rings are like boxes of Cracker Jack — there's a treat inside every one! Chilean architect Vania Ruiz of casaKiro works with resin and silver, embedding materials native to her country (like lapis lazuli and alpaca wool).


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Also paying homage to his home country of Chile is jeweller Caco Honorato; this lapis lazuli, silver and copper ring is from his "100% Chileno" collection.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I was going to hold off on this posting because these are the only thing on the designer's site right now. But they're sockets. What more could you need? Socket rings by Australia's Liesl Hazelton.


Well, I guess if you have a socket, a plug would be handy, too. Silver and bronze pair from New York's Artifacts by Casey Perez.


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more industrial rings from Toronto's National Design Collective (Scott Bodaly, Heather Lam and Jessica Tien), in silver with detachable stainless steel screws.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Shot.


Pierced.


Sliced.

Mondays painful for you? At least you have it better than these rings. Above: iron and silver bullet-hole rings by Japan's Taisuke Nakada, gold hoop rings by Argentina's Selene Lozano and enamelled sliced-top rings by Germany's Ruth Temur.


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it's bullets and nothing but for Houston's BulletGirl (Jessica Meyer), who aims to change the bullet from a symbol of violence to one of inner strength. All of her sleek pieces are made the shiny little projectiles.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

If my ring obsession gets any worse, this is me in two years. In her interactive art piece "Me: Jewellery," Thailand's Rudee Tancharoen invites the person to be the ring. Visit her site for more, including actual pieces of wearable jewellery.


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for another conceptual piece, read about the "Universe Ring" by international design collective To22 (Todd Bracher, Efe Buluc and Mark Goetz).

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Not only does this bracelet-ring drape over the hand like a scarf, it even looks like it's wearing a scarf itself! For more, check out the cool "Squamate" series from Belgian jeweller Frédérique Coomans (while you're there, be sure to check out her collection made with baby doll parts, too).


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Here's another ring designed to drape down the hand, this time from between the fingers on down. It's the "talon clip" by New York artist Dilan Walpola.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011



I just realized the only thing separating me from a Hollywood serial killer is that I post photos of my obsession all over a website instead of all over my blood-smeared basement walls. I'm sure that puts Alessandro Bean's mind at ease. For more of the Italian jeweller's awesome work, visit his site, Foglianera.


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Speaking of blood smears and serial killers, here's a bloody knuckleduster ring (on a leopard-print background) from Tennessee's Body Farm.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

If only I could wear one of these and get shipped to Japan for 80 cents. Featuring real postage stamps and kimono fabric, "Letters to Japan" reflects Clizia Ornato's time spent in Nippon (or, less formally, Nihon, both native names for Japan). The Italian jeweller also has collections inspired by her travels to Africa and the Americas.


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Making stamp rings of the rubber sort is Minnesota painter Colleáyn T. Klaibourne, who handcarves her designs.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Like wrinkles on a face, the wear and tear on these rings only serves to make them more interesting. Fine silver "to be worn" rings by UK jeweller Nicola Clarke.


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Italy's Giorgio Chiarcos also favours an eroded look in his contemporary metalwork. These bright bands are from his "colour" collection.

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