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Friday, June 29, 2012    
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You should not be reading this right now. One look at these rings and you should have already clicked over to the site of North Carolina-based artist Marissa Saneholtz. (Be sure not to miss her "Corrupt Fairytales" series featuring comic-style images!)


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Speaking of comic strip images, Argentina's Soldoeyo (Maria Soledad Rodriguez) has these rings from her latest "Comics" collection.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012    
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Despite collections with such names as "A Gory Story" and "Necroscopia," Gregory Larin's work is a feast for the eyes. Don't miss this Israeli artist's anatomically-inspired jewellery!


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if you happen to like gory stories and necro-jewellery, UK jeweller Kate Gilliland has this "squashed frog" ring. She also has a "sleeping" mouse brooch featuring a real, but not so live, rodent.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012    
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These rings are the result of exploring lanterns as a communicative form. They "are meant to hang from hands that pray or meditate" and "suggest a quietude that is, at its essence, personal."

For more gorgeous work, visit Georgia metalsmith Jay Song.


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stay in that meditative mood with a "Little Ruin Temple" ring, inspired by a meditation on mortality and life's transience (in the spirit of ubi nunc), from Australia's Mecurialist.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012    
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Maybe cheerleaders should abandon traditional pompoms and switch to these ruffled balls of plastic, because these rings are an instant, colourful pick-me-up. Goooooooo team! Rings by Norway's Ura (Toril Slokvik).


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For ruffles sans the cheery colour, see New Orleans jeweller Annie Moran, whose ruffle ring is available in both silver (plain) and gold (with diamonds).

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Monday, June 25, 2012    
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Does this ooze elicit "ooh"s or "ew!"s? (Don't worry, it's just glue.) Rings by UK jeweller Amy Logan.


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This ring isn't so much oozing as it is dripping. "Long Drip" ring, available in various metals, by New York's Erica Klein.

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Friday, June 22, 2012    
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To fully appreciate today's ring...

...you really need the full set suit. Playmobil Knight jewellery (including helmet ring) by England's Kerstie Whiley.


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for another hit of childhood nostalgia, electronic edition, check out this Space Invaders ring from Australia's Cass Partington (who has lots of nice, minimal rings).

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Thursday, June 21, 2012    
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Circles in circles by California's Sarah Richardson (top), Georgia's Christi Reiterman (bottom left) and Australia's O Bliss (bottom right).


If you prefer semicircles on semicircles, there's this piece by India's Suman Mishra.


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For more open circle rings, like this one in gold and diamonds, visit LFrank (Los Angeles jeweller Liseanne Frankfurt). It's from her "Stack" collection.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012    
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This is how to accessorize in a Terminator-style post-apocalyptic world. Just for future reference. Amped-up skull rings by French designer Alina Alamorean.


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For a happier, more peaceful skull ring, Australia's Bernadette Trainor has this piece wreathed in cheerful anodized aluminum flowers.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012    
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Ever seen a cool cufflink that you wish were a ring? It happened to Israel's Shelly Dahari, only she actually did something about it! Check out her "Basic" collection for these gold-plated brass rings with vintage cufflink components.


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Vintage Soul Designs (California's Jana Perkins) has the same idea, turning monogram cufflinks into monogram rings. She also works with vintage (even antique) buttons.

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Monday, June 18, 2012    
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Get on an all-natural diet of accessories with ingredients like wood, horn and feathers from Australia's Paro Paro (Faye Maramara).


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some more simple, chunky, natural rings, this time from Brazilian jeweller Patricia MB Gotthilf. Beyond materials like bone, ivory, seed and wood, she also uses metal and gems.

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Friday, June 15, 2012    
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Do you smell that? Yes, it's a fresh batch of Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, starting with this piece from "Intangible Embrace" by Sweden's Sofia Eriksson.


Double vertebrae ring in clay and rope by Australia's Whimsy Milieu (Jacqueline Chan).


Minimalism in contrasting finishes by Japan's Shihara / Yui Creates.


Porcelain and platinum by Italy's Eleonora Ghilardi.


Cloud ring from Christina Odegard of California's Matin Gallery.


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Sticking with that pale colour scheme, here's an ivory resin dome ring with gold studs from New Jersey-based Vince Camuto.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012    
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I feel trapped — by indecision! Wide open, closed shut or dangerously ajar, this bear-trap is one ring that can be worn three ways. It's up to you, if you can bear to choose. Find lots more cool pieces at Dark + Dawn (L.A.'s Tyler Durtschi).


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of course, the only bear I care to trap is a gummibear, and New York's Romeing Panda has that taken care of with their awesome lucite rings!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012    
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I do like keeping Kleenex handy.

These may not just be clean but surgically sterile! In her "Conflict" series, Portuguese artist Olga Noronha uses real surgical tools — but without dissociating them from their original function, as in these rings using bone staples and ivory. The tissue ring is from her "Dirty Issues" series. (If you like these, you may also be interested in these.)


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with surgery on the mind, this looks like a brain ring to me — but it's actually based on the celosia plant. Gold ring by Myriam Oude Vrielink, who runs the Zigt jewellery gallery in Rotterdam with Neeltje Huddleston Slater.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012    
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Yesterday was just the hexagon appetizer. Today, we go full board, with hexagons made of hexagons, sometimes even topped with hexagons. Hexagons squared, if you will, though squaring a hexagon could leave you with four sides instead of 36. Still with me? Good, because there's more:

This 3D-printed stainless steel honeycomb/hexagon ring, as well as the bamboo rings above, by California's Archetype Z (Alia Hasan).


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here's another 3D-printed ring that's much more squared than hexagonal. Based on a genetic algorithm, it's the "Evolve" ring by Polish designers Michal Piasecki and Krystian Kwieciński.

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Monday, June 11, 2012    
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Katherine Agnew based these hive-like hexagon cluster rings on The Decemberists' "The Hazards of Love," an album that serves as a unified narrative. From the UK jeweller's "...Undone" collection, "each piece represents a pivotal scene from the album." (Look closely and some of the shapes are actually diamond-shaped pentagons.)


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For a cool, non-hive spin on hexagons, check out these hexagonal pyramid rings from Katzi, an Australian purveyor of jewellery and leather bags.

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Friday, June 8, 2012    
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This copper ring might feel at home with yesterday's mermaids — it's the squid-like "Sea Creatures" ring by Czech jeweller Martin Verner.

Visit his portfolio for more pieces, like the molecular "Zoom In" collection (pictured above) and the "Tinkling" ring that features worms. Live worms.


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For lots of cool 3D-printed rings with a molecular feel, check out Germany's Monomer (Antje Bott & Thomas Mrokon).

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Thursday, June 7, 2012    
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"I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each"... Or maybe what J. Alfred actually heard was these enamelled, coral-inspired "Mermaid" rings by London's Emili White.

Above, a ring from her "Patinated Palms" collection. Dare to eat a peach, then check her site for more nature-inspired work!


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For more sea- and fantasy-inspired jewellery, including mermaid bracelets, check out the resin works of Colorado's Night Sky Jewelry (Liana Turnbull Bennett).

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012    
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Scottish artist Kirstin Dunn infuses her folded jewellery and art installations with the airy dreaminess of translucent plastic.


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For translucent resin, check out another UK jeweller, Julie Kirk. I love the fresh colours of these simple rings.

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Friday, June 1, 2012    
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I bow to the ebony temple (rings) of Alice Cicolini. The British designer, who was inspired by "the sacred architecture and patterns of the Silk Route," is a founding member of IKKIS, "a foundation [which] supports world-class craftsmanship in India."


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Here's another ring that may have been inspired by a trip to a Hindu temple. Green rubber ring depicting the Trimurti deity by Italy's Pietro Nicoletti.

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