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Monday, October 31, 2011    
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Happy Hallowe'en!

See that ring she's wearing? There's more where that came from.



When I say more, I mean pages upon pages upon pages more. Japan's Zaorick offers oodles of ghoulish treats for you to peruse. If you don't read Japanese, just click where you'd normally find the "next page" link at the bottom of any blog page. And keep clicking and clicking.


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California's Charcoal Designs has these "Frank 'N' Stein" monster rings in handcast resin to complete your Hallowe'en.

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Friday, October 28, 2011    
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I love this gorgeous transformation of reclaimed building materials, like laminate and plywood, by New Zealand's Vanessa Arthur. She has a funny streak, too, as one of them (pictured above, bottom) is ironically named "lifetime guarantee."


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another jeweller working with discarded materials is Australia's Pennie Jagiello, whose signature material is electrical cabling.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011    
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London metalsmith Lucy Jenkins uses recycled materials like fuses, zippers and watch straps in these bird and book rings. But if you want to get at the, um, meat of her work, you'll have to check out her taxidermy jewellery.


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if you're squeamish like me, here's a NON-taxidermied bunny from UK jeweller Lisa Watson. Much of her work incorporates anodised aluminium (that's "anodized aluminum" if you don't speak British).

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011    
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At first, this jeweller was going to be part of Monday's skull ring post. Then it was going to be part of Tuesday's diamond ring post. With such a wide selection of rings, it could be part of any post, so let me avoid putting it off any longer and dedicate today's post to Korea's mzuu. The rings above (including smoking skulls!) are from their "Rollips" collection.


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For another Korean jeweller, check out metalsmith Yunhee Kim. I love her "blossom" ring and how you can stack different styles to make your own statement.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011    
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Scotland's Katie Lees has some great metalwork inspired by the "heavy industrial aesthetic of the shipbuilding history that has moulded the city of Glasgow."

Above, her structural rings with clusters of diamond-like outlines.


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Monday, October 24, 2011    
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With Hallowe'en just a week away, I've got skulls on (not to mention encasing) the brain. First up are these brass and silver rings from New York's Kaye Blegvad. Like little skull families!


And here's an entire skull clan, from Portugal's Catarina Silva


A skull with a flourish from Brazil's Fabi Malavazi.


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If you're looking for something in a skullier colour, New Zealand's Nick Von K has rings in carved mother-of-pearl. (I also like his funny babushka skull charm.)

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Friday, October 21, 2011    
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Australia's Claire McArdle is killing me with the greatness of her jewellery. I particularly love these "Wind Wheel" and "Metropolis" pieces that look like they were plucked from a rural landscape.

Above, her finger- and nail-tunnels. I am slain.


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Here's another ring that could've been plucked (in two senses of the word) from a rural landscape. It's the "COCKtail" ring from Utah's Lunasa Designs (Rebekah Timlin Meddles).

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Thursday, October 20, 2011    
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Awwwwwwwwwww yeeeeeeeeahhhh.

Australia's Mel Miller has re-awakened my long-ago obsession with bouncy balls, using the Funnest Toy on Earth as "stones" in her rings (some of which even glow in the dark). She also carves those balls into tubes for use as beads — visit her site to see!


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UK shop Beccy Boo has lots of fun rings topped with vintage toy pieces, including a Connect Four disc, Lego brick and this vintage bouncy ball.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011    
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I like the word "loop" because it resembles a needle looping thread. (Kind of like how "bed" looks like a bed. Is there a term for such words?)

All lovely loops above from German jeweller Martina Bocka.


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For something simple and elegant, check out this looped "je t'aime" ring in gold from Japan's Mederu Jewelry, whose shop is full of classic pieces.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011    
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Two incompatible rings (unless you like burning thread) from two compatible designers, Lena & Fredrik (Lena Åberg & Fredrik Lundberg). In addition to creating jewellery and objects, the duo teach classes in silversmithing — but you'll have to go to Sweden if you want to take part!


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Maybe fire and thread are compatible. This porcelain "Firecracker" ring has an enamel design that looks like it's been stitched with thread. Ring by Georgia's Autumn Brown.

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Monday, October 17, 2011    
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Turkey's Nayad Bal knows that two heads are better (and cuter) than one.


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For many more double-headed rings, visit Germany's Antje Bleck and check out her "Pulpi" collection. She shares her website with fellow jeweller Antje Roeben.

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Friday, October 14, 2011    
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Beef, flour, egg whites — and gold-plated silver? That's the recipe for this "Beefin' Up" ring.

For all the times I've talked about rings that look good enough to eat, here are some rings made of food good enough to wear. The red rings above (bottom) feature double-sided tape and raspberry jelly! Also shown above (top) are "U-R-N" rings with Whitby jet dust, flour and dried blood. For more fantastic work, check out UK artist Rachael Colley.


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We can't have all that beef and carbs without some veggies, so here are some avocado skin rings by Muriel & Lily (British jeweller Mary Larkin).

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Thursday, October 13, 2011    
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Smiling silver from the SmilingSilverSmith.

Visit the California jeweller for fun rings with a touch of geekery.


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Here's another smiley ring (and a frown to even things out) from Trinidad native Stephanie Simon, now based in the UK.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011    
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Bat your eyelashes by waving a finger with these eyelash rings from Finnish designer Maija Puoskari.


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If you're more about the eyeball than the eyelash (or maybe just the iris), there's this "Shirley" ring from Oklahoma metalsmith Alegra Jewelry (Vicki Pellegrini).

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011    
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I love these silver and clay rings by French artist Claire Baloge but she has some really crappy pieces on her website. No, I mean really crappy — as in actual camel dung! Not to mention hair, organic copper and lots, lots more.


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For more clay, check out the ceramic shard jewellery of South Carolina's Chelsea Miller Designs, who literally digs for pieces from the late 1600s to the early 1900s.

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Monday, October 10, 2011    
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There's yogurt unflavoured...

...and then there's yogurt with a bit of colour. I'm not talking in metaphors, I'm talking about yyogurt and yyogurt unflavored, the two sides of Chinese designer Anna Yingnan Yu (formerly Yu Yu Design).

Above, her "plug and socket" ring.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


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prefer to start your mornings with caffeine rather than dairy? Here's the acrylic two-piece "Turkish Puzzle Coffee Ring" from Turkish designer Aida Pekin (available at the MoMA store).

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Friday, October 7, 2011    
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Daniel Dicaprio shows us his orifices. Pictured above are rings in wood, metal and ivory from the Virginia artist's "Orifice" series.


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Here's another wooden ring from Norway's Silje Bergsvik, who is "inspired by the world of the famous Don Quijote, a world where the limit between reality and fantasy is blurred."

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Thursday, October 6, 2011    
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It's weird to think there was a time when the Jaws theme didn't exist. How did people convey sharkiness pre-1975? Well, conveying sharkiness in 2011 is Georgia's Lexiebec (Alexis Rebeca Turner), with these silver shark jaw rings.


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for jewellery inspired by a friendlier sea creature, see Germany's Simone Overberg and her "Octopus Garden" collection. And then try to come up with a theme that would convey octopusiness.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011    
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Going too long without a dose of acrylic makes me go all twitchy. Here to ease my nerves is Greek jeweller Angelica Komis, who's inspired by industrial structures and strives toward "accuracy, precision and neat lines."


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For more acrylic with an industrial bent, visit Argentina's Silvina Rio. Pictured is a ring from her "Mirame Bien" collection.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011    
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For her "Luminous Windows" collection, Edinburgh-based Taiwanese artist Alice Bo-Wen Chang was inspired by the latticework and window casing in Chinese architecture (a subject area she's likely quite familiar with, having earned a graduate degree in architecture from Princeton). Don't miss her stunning "Bodyspace/bodyscape" collection!


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lest your doors feel left out, here's a fun door-stopper shaped like a diamond ring! Its shape lets you hang it from the doorknob when you want the floor clear. Available at San Francisco shop MishaSF.

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Monday, October 3, 2011    
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Holy cannoli, it's October! Suse Scholem gets us in the mood with this pumpkin stem ring, as well as two pieces with touches of season-appropriate orange (nevermind that she's based in Australia, where it's now springtime!).


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Speaking of orange, this bronze ring from Laura Volpi's "Aria" collection resembles the texture of an orange peel. The Italian jeweller has lots of sculptural, texturized pieces in her gallery.

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