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Friday, July 29, 2011    
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Ending the week with some lovely art jewellery from Portugal's Estefânia Rodrigues de Almeida (my favourites are her works with paper tags). Shown above: "Cuts & Sews" paper and resin rings (top) and porcelain "Structure" rings (bottom).


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For more porcelain, visit Australian ceramicist Gretchen Hillhouse. Pictured is the "Peridot" ring with a grey wash, from her "Bavaria" collection.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011    
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I like what Spain's Ines Alonso has done with just a few golden circles. I think I count four bent ones in the first ring and five straight ones in the second, but I'm not sure because staring at those circles for too long makes me dizzy. (Apparently, it takes me quite a while to count to five.)


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As for how many golden circles are in this ring, I'm afraid I'll have to leave the counting to you. "Hollow" ring by UK-based Lebanese jeweller Joanna Dahdah.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011    
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If "Damn the Man" is too antiestablishmentarian for your liking, you may want to steer clear of New York's FancySexyMe, as that's about as polite as it gets... but then you'd be missing out on a tempting collection of sleek multi-finger rings with the perfect amount of detailing.


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speaking of antiestablish- mentarianism, here's the "Anti" ring from UK/Denmark clothing design duo RottenFresh, from a collection inspired by Lars von Trier's film Antichrist.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011    
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Book nerds, it's your turn today. From New York-based Prediletto comes this enamelled gold "Encyclopedia" ring! For those of you born in the '90s, an "encyclopedia" is from the funny olden times when there was no Google and information was stored on "paper" and people had to do "research" in a "library" and cite "sources" and oh it was so hilarious.

Above, they show their non-bookish side with some bikini rings.


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The "Alexandria" rings by Spanish jeweller Anna M. Nadal remind me of stacks of paper or splayed book pages.

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Monday, July 25, 2011    
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Number nerds, this one's for you. Pictured above are pieces from the "Sudoku" series by Spain's Lala Be You (Laura González Sanz).

Above, the jeweller's rings with photos taken by Rocío Fueyo, an art director from Madrid.


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Are you a numbers nerd who likes it totally old style? Here are some abacus rings from Toronto artist Amanda Schoppel's jewellery line, Awake & Dreaming.

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Friday, July 22, 2011    
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It's been a while since I've done Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, so let's do that now, starting with Argentina's Diana Torcoletti. She's got you ready for playtime with these pencil crayon and Lego rings.


False eyelashes ring by Argentina's Graciela Di Mónaco.


Sprouting tulips from Germany's Birthe Häusgen.


Extruded rubber, customized for you, by Italy's ADIF Design (Simone Alessandrini).


"Deep Sea Fish" in bronze by LAS Jewelry (Lisa Soltis) of Los Angeles.


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Back to the pencil crayons... perhaps the most prolific pencil crayon jeweller is Italy's MCB Jewellery (Maria Cristina Bellucci), who's known for pieces like the ring pictured here.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011    
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Peer through the window into the world of Gabriela Muñiz and you'll find an imaginary scene collaged from the artist's own photographs. These framed miniature art pieces are from the Spanish jeweller's "Pocket Dreams" collection. (And to think all I have in my pocket is chapstick.)


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Seattle's Sally von Bargen also uses photo prints in her jewellery, as in this "Diamond with Eight Carrots" ring. Visit her site for interesting work, some with political messages.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011    
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Do you feel that pyrite punching you in the eye? You've just been minerally massacred! Philadelphia's Concrete Polish Studio (Angela Monaco) brings you these fierce "Mineral Massacre" rings in plated bronze.


Above, more metallic mineral clusters from New Zealand's Alexandra Dodds.


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Here's another wallop of minerals! This "Quincy" ring is one of many raw, rocky, chunky quartz rings from Arizona's Jody Candrian.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011    
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Perhaps I've given up too much brainspace to David Simon but these pieces remind me of abandoned city buildings. I see torn shutters, faded paint and remnants of wooden siding. Jewellery by Edinburgh's Kirsty Sumerling who, in her own words, "combin[es] shards of decay with contemporary structure."


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Here's another combination of "shards and contemporary structure." Ring with fragments of slate and oak on top of a clean silver square by UK jeweller Francesca Kippax.

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Monday, July 18, 2011    
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As rare as a scissor, a pyjama or a congratulation is the singular sequin. Italy's Ornamenta takes that sequin and blows it up, giving one sequin more impact than a hundred little ones all sewn together.


Above, the jeweller's brass "origami" ring.


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for more bold brass, see Los Angeles duo Nat Mauro & Cole Morrall of Bones and Feathers Collective, who use wax molds of fox vertebrae and recycled brass bullet casings in their work.

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Friday, July 15, 2011    
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Mixing modern techniques with classical imagery, Italy's Chiara Scarpitti creates timeless objects of beauty.


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for more rings with classical motifs, see these handmade pieces from Argentinian lawyer-turned-jeweller Enrique Muthuan, now in New York.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011    
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Yep, these are definitely some city rings. (The lack of barns is a dead giveaway.)

And here are some citizens. All rings above by London's Charlotte Reid.


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here are some more miniature people rings, featuring couples in various poses, from Philadelphia's Holly R. Dobkin. While she doesn't make skyscrapers, she does have townhouses in her collection.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011    
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There isn't enough room on the internet to hold all of Nelly Vázquez's resin creations! For a rainbow explosion of disco, polkadots, bananas and more, check out the Mexican artist on her site, Ventana Violeta.


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speaking of rainbow explosions, check out the cute "multi-color firecracker cocktail ring" by Massachusetts jeweller Aimee San (though the site seems under maintenance at the moment).

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011    
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I don't know what it is exactly — the colours? the abundance? — but this ring absolutely epitomizes "joy." I mean, it looks like a castle made of candy and pixie dust, and what is more joyous than candy and pixie dust?

Above, more from the jeweller, Denmark's Pernille Mouritzen.


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here's another ring that looks like a castle (or turret). It's actually a cathedral ring by New Zealand jeweller Vaune Mason, who — speaking of pixie dust — also worked as a fairy (children's entertainer) for 13 years.

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Monday, July 11, 2011    
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These rings deliver a lot of look with a lot of empty space. Creating something out of nothing (with a little metal thrown in) is Italy's Verné Egon (Stenia Scarselli and Susanna Baldacci).


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Here are some more distinctive metal pieces, this time in pewter, from Turkish-born New York designer Selen Bayrak.

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Friday, July 8, 2011    
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Whether it's a Radio Flyer wagon, an Etch A Sketch or Elmo, every generation seems to have its iconic red toy. Toronto's Heather Rathbun was inspired by the classic red View-Master, using vintage Alice in Wonderland slides to create this set of stereoscopic jewellery — including that fabulous Queen of Hearts ring (squint and you can make out some soldiers from the Queen's card army).


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Here's a red toy ring from the aptly-named Rubygirl Jewelry. This flower ring is one of many Lego pieces by Portland, Oregon's Shannon Conrad.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011    
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Are you after that Lord of the Flies look? With names like "dagger," "spike" and "lava," these rings are like artifacts from some bygone, violent island civilization. They're from the "Fata Morgana" collection by Australia's Young Hunting.


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Here's a similarly jagged metal ring inspired by the rugged outdoors. It's the "Mountain Range" ring from Halifax's Caitlyn Rose Jewellery (Caitlyn Purcell).

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011    
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It's a mixing of cultures: origami rings from Thailand in a shop run by two Danes! Visit Phuket's Sakdidet Road, where Sofie Lund and Noah Frydendahl share their finds.


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Here's another "Origami" ring from Sarah Ho of SHO Fine Jewellery, whose own roots are also a mixing of cultures (she was born in Hong Kong and raised in England).

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011    
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While you may have spent the long weekend blackening things on the grill, Italy's Gigi Mariani was probably blackening silver in his studio. Visit his site for gorgeous work, mainly in oxidized silver.


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For more oxidized silver, like this amazing sculptural piece made of tiny little ivy leaves combined in a dome shape, see Rhode Island jeweller Amie Plante.

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Monday, July 4, 2011    
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Many of you south of the border are celebrating Fourth of July, perhaps enjoying some watermelon at a picnic. For the rest of us, here's a cool ring in watermelon colours by Maria Mamkaeva.

More from the Russian jeweller/microbiologist above.


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Here's a "watermelon" ring in translucent resin from Australia's Janine Whitling. In addition to resin rings, she also creates art on paper and canvas.

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Friday, July 1, 2011    
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In honour of Canada Day, here's some jewellery from the nation's capital. Above: "Lichen" (in fold-formed silver) and "Of" (in silver and plique-a-jour enamel) rings by Ottawa artist Chayle Cook.


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doesn't this piece vaguely resemble the "Lichen" rings above? It's by Roberto Fioravanti, a Vancouver jeweller who's originally from Italy (where he used to watch his grandfather make rings).

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