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Wednesday, February 29, 2012    
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February 29th is an extraordinary day — how could I post anything but extraordinary rings? "Thank You," "Captain Dan Space Series," and "Pig on a Spit" rings by Caroline Miller, who resides right here in British Columbia. Don't miss the rest of her gallery!


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though originally from Nova Scotia, Kate Barazzuol of Quench Designs is now firmly entrenched on the west coast of BC, as evidenced by her jewellery featuring cedar, sea urchin, pinecone and Asian motifs.

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  • Karenjess (Vancouver) - metal shells
  • Min Yoo (UK) - hybrid creatures
  • Carob (Japan) - semiprecious beads

Tuesday, February 28, 2012    
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Having just finished The House of Tomorrow, I've got geodesic structures on the mind. If I want geodesic structures on the finger, I can turn to UK jeweller Anna Molinari.


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This ring is not only geodesic, it's also honeycombed and egg-shaped. Awesome "Digital Nature Egg Ring" by London's Guy&Max.

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Monday, February 27, 2012    
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From a fairytale figure...

... to a magician's hat, Mexico's Paula Guzman infuses her jewellery with youthful fun.

She also displays a more adult-world sense of humour with her "British Petroleum" rings!


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Let's go back to childhood fantasy for a moment with this silver unicorn ring from UK jeweller LeiVanKash (Leila Kashanipour). Also available in gold.

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Friday, February 24, 2012    
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Time to throw out some Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, starting with these cool shapes from Bulgaria's Atanas Konstantinov.


Weathered glass from UK artist Sian Evans.


Bronze rings from New York's Quarry.


UK-based Hee Young Kim, inspired by wardrobes and dressers.


Pure knots by Oliver Schmidt, part of the German jewellery collective Juni.


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Ending the week with a splash — of bright pink and green paint — is this wild plaster piece from Romania's Choose a Concept, aka Veronica Tarcatu.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012    
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If you've ever had to deal with moss growing out of control on your lawn, you'll understand that loooong granulated ring from the "moss" collection by UK metalsmith Elaine Jenkins.


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Another UK jeweller with granulated silver rings (both oxidized and not) is Frances Stunt. These are from her "melt" collection.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012    
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My head's all explody. Ladies and gentlemen, my new favourite: London's Wenhui Li.


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For more clusters of bright colour, check out these Swarovski crystal-encrusted rings from New York's Poillot Status (Richard Poillot Rivas).

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012    
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Inspired by toy kaleidoscopes and the mirrors within, Christine So of Sole Christine created the "Hidden Secret" collection. Gems are set in such a way as to "remind people to see things from different angles and aspects, which provides different views and meanings."

In another secret-themed piece, "Memento Mori," the UK jeweller was inspired by Anne Frank. Vist her site for the story.


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"When you wear the Secret Ring," says Sweden's Anna Rongedal, "a hollow space appears between the ring and the finger. A place to keep a secret?" This would be perfect for me, because all my secrets are very square.

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Monday, February 20, 2012    
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Washington state's Luke Satoru gives an urban feel to natural forms in these rings based on craggy landscapes, cooled lava and rocky minerals.

Above, he manages to infuse an urban feel to these clean, minimal pieces, as well.


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speaking of mixing the urban and the natural, the "On a Curb" ring by Western Bench Sparrow (Philadelphia's Sean William Barrett) was inspired by trees that survive in the concrete environment of a city.

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Friday, February 17, 2012    
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This ring is literally the cat's pyjamas. No, literally literally.

If you enjoy smiling, you'll want to scoot on over to see the work of England's Anna Faine.


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You won't find cat's pyjamas but you will find cat ears at Illinois jewellery shop Unexpected Expectancy, which carries all sorts of vintage-style pieces.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012    
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Sometimes, the world is black and white. And glazed. Porcelain rings by New York's NIDO de suenos.


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Spanish designer Susana García Antolín has more porcelain in a corrugated pattern. Her pendants, inspired by the marine environment, are especially cool.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012    
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Quirky and colourful like a flock of tropical birds are these ceramic rings by Slovenian jeweller Hana Karim. They're from her "fORMINORA" collection.


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Israeli clothing designer Naama Eilam also offers up some tropical feather rings. The plumes in her accessories collection are hand-coloured.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012    
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Every year, I tell myself I'm going to avoid the cliché of posting heart rings on Valentine's Day. Heart rings above by Hungary's Kinga Huber.


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This enamel heart-shaped ring features a lovebird that even has a love letter in its beak. Ring by London jeweller Becca Hulbert of Becca Jewellery.

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Monday, February 13, 2012    
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This ring is one standard deviation away from your typical wing ring. The piece is made from real beetle wing cases, taking advantage of their gorgeous iridescence. Ring by UK jeweller Rachel Boston.


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In another ring that uses actual insects, UK jeweller Karolina Paszkiewicz of Fly Karoline "transfers the actual pattern of the butterfly wing onto metal mesh."

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Friday, February 10, 2012    
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"Rings have been shot, other rings are witness and in shock. Footprints lead from the murder scene to a hidden getaway car, where in the darkness is seen one ring walking and a woman..."

"The murder weapon left at the scene, and wounded rings — blood everywhere."

"The main suspect, seen walking to a getaway car, with 'a woman.'"

Australia's Teresa Lane sets up an elaborate "Crime Scene," showing us that not all rings are law-abiding. Visit her blog for more imaginative work!


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Despite the gun outline, this ring claims no murderous intention. Rather, it's the "Peacemaker" ring by San Francisco metalsmith Suzanne Pugh.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012    
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These rings do not feature graceful, abstract designs. These rings do feature graceful designs based on the Farsi alphabet. Rings from the "Persian Calligraphy" collection by Iranian potter, painter, calligrapher and jeweller Amir Hossein Delbari of Alef Dall. One more piece below:


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Visit the Qatar-based UrbanSouq boutique for gold-plated Arabic calligraphy rings. The rings are from their own line but they also carry other designers.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012    
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To a ring-loving germophobe, these soap rings are a Sophie's choice: wash and destroy or save and be dirty?

For these and many more interesting conceptual pieces, visit UK artist Hannah Louise Pittman.


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while that chocolate ring is great if you've got a sweet tooth, here's a ring for when you'd rather munch on some popcorn. "Handy Bowl" ring by England's Siobhan in Silver (Siobhan Wood).

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012    
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In "Restrictions," German artist Anja Eichler explored the concept of self-limitation by working within self-imposed confines — focussing on a latex glove as source material — to create a collection. Thanks to her, I can now think of "doing the dishes" as "modelling the jewellery."


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if you like rubber but have a tonier place to be than at your kitchen sink, check out Germany's André Ribeiro, who favours the unusual combination of black rubber and diamonds.

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Monday, February 6, 2012    
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Photo-etched with the image of a building, the "Towerblock Ring" lets you feel larger than King Kong by wearing several storeys on your finger.

Of course, you'll need the matching armpiece. Both works above by Scotland's Soizig Marie Carey.


Bonus link: we go from highrise to bungalow with this house ring from Australia's Paula Walden. It's from her "Composing Space" series, which was inspired by her studies in interior design.

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Friday, February 3, 2012    
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Thanks to Glasgow's Bekki Churcher, I now think of Scotland as a magical kingdom where you can plant cement and gravel, sprinkle some fertilizer, and get beauties like these (because one can only take so much zucchini). Rings above from her "Concrete Garden" series.

Above, one of her "State of Ruin" rings.


Bonus link: one crop I can't tire of? Potatoes. Especially in chip form, as in this potato chip ring from Japan's Atelier Shinji (Ippei Naoi and wife Janine Vleugel Naoi). Ring from their "Vegetables" series.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012    
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Plastic plants get a bad rap. Canada's Pamela Ritchie will make you wonder what you ever saw in your fresh ficus with her pretty "Mass Planting" rings. The jeweller, who's a Professor of Jewellery Design at NSCAD University in Halifax, has an extensive gallery of work that you should be going to, right now.


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These flowers aren't plastic, but they're not quite fresh, either. Pressed flower rings from Australia's Blue Turtles.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012    
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Cabinet Óseo is a collaboration between two Argentinian artists: jeweller Marina Molinelli Wells and sculptor Celina Saubidet. The pieces "reveal the invisible" by turning bones into jewels. Don't tell anyone, but the necklaces are my favourite.   ♫ The hand bone's connected to the / collar bone... ♫

Above, rings from some of Marina's other collections.


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for more bones, as well as teeth, claws and cubes (all modelled by animals including rats and pigeons), visit UK jeweller Kyle Hopkins.

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