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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Let's move from yesterday's shores to the sea itself. These rings commemorate the SS Koombana, a ship which disappeared off the coast of Western Australia during a cyclone in 1912. View many more interesting collections in the portfolio of Australia-based Helena Bogucki.


For more of that old-world maritime feel, check out these scrimshaw rings from Australia's Tenille Evans (insert Captain joke here).


If the SS Koombana story doesn't scare you away from the water, at least beware of waves. Oh, and fins. Ring by California's Nicholas Potash.


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here's a fin-like ring that's actually a fishing weight. It's by UK jeweller Kasia Piechocka, from her collection titled "About the Man Who Loved Fishing" (dedicated to her father).

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Rosie White combs the beaches of East Yorkshire to gather material for her silver and driftwood jewellery. (I'm assuming that only the driftwood shows up on the shores, not the silver, but don't quote me on that.) Her brooches are my favourite!


Here's another great driftwood ring; it's vintage so there's only one available at Florida's C. Madeleine's.


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Catherine Weitzman has lots more beachy jewellery, from octopi to starfish to this coral ring in gold. Unsurprisingly, she's based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

I got my tweezers out — it's another edition of Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks. First up is this resin and silver "seed" ring by Amsterdam's Jie Sun.


Quietude in wood by Japanese product designer Ryota Nishimoto.


Wood and crystals from Mexico's Silvia de la Rosa Cueto.


Machine-cut acrylic (with box) by Rhode Island-based Julia Jiao.


Crystal pyramid by California's Gather Jewelry.


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For more wood, like this piece with inlaid ebony, check out Viktoria Borbely. Originally from Hungary, she now makes her home in Denmark.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now this is a green lantern ring.

If the Green Lantern doesn't float your boat, superhero-wise, you could always go with the more iconic Batman or Superman. All rings above by Italy's Samuele Armelin.


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Germany's JeweLights has a must-see gallery of amazing LED jewellery, including this green light ring with customizable scrolling text (from the "Secret Garden" set).

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

White Wednesday with Michigan artist Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann.


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if you prefer black, you should check out New York jeweller Lynn Ban; her website requires an account to view the collection but you can see pieces at Barneys.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I never thought I'd say this, but: I just love this bacteria and fungus! In "Bactus," microorganisms are trapped inside glass pods, creating living rings that are "growing and evolving constantly." Rings by Israel's Coral Cohen, who has lots more of interest in her portfolio...

...like this.


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For fungi of the edible variety, see Japanese jeweller Sachiko Estavoyer's "shiitake" collection. Unlike most mushroom rings, hers have the stems facing outward.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mixed Metal Monday: faceted bands in silver, blackened silver and gold from Denmark's Mitos (Miryam Stenderup).

Some more mixed metals in these stacking claw rings by Eva Fehren (New York artist Eva Zuckerman).


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Here's another stack of mixed metals from the "Black and Gold" collection by Ohio's Chris Neff.

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Friday, July 20, 2012



The fact that my neighbour likes to blast shrill, trumpety jazz at three in the morning makes these house rings all the more appealing to me right now. Nevermind the square footage — when can I move in? Find "The Whole Street," "Hilltop Houses" and "H for House" rings, plus much more to amaze and delight, in the portfolio of UK artist Gillian Harvie.


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this house ring is made of a page from a Chinese dictionary — specifically, the page containing the definition for "home." Aptly, it's from the "Home" series by Dutch artist Marieke van Diepen.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

"It's a twister! It's a twister!" If you recognize the line, you know what inspired the ring.

Need a hint? This one's called "Follow the yellow brick road." Both rings above by Amy Robson of Oz (by which I mean Australia, of course).


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Annette in Oz is Australian mixed media artist Annette Husband, who combines etched metal with vintage parts (as in this ring with tintype photograph).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

These shingles give me tingles. Check out this gorgeous work by Edinburgh-based Mariko Sumioka, inspired by the architecture of her native Japan; pictured are her mon ("gate") rings.

Above, more pieces from her "Teahouse" series.


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Also based in Scotland and inspired by gates is Samera Afzal, whose collection of hinged jewellery is based on the entrance gates at Holyrood Palace.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


From puzzles to paper to paper puzzles, not to mention leather animals (is that redundant?), Israel's Yael Friedman has plenty to keep you occupied.


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While Yael has lots of interesting takes on diamond-shaped rings, here's another from the eclectic portfolio of Rhode Island-based Kelly Ornstein.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

With names like "Koolhaas," "Van der Rohe" and and "Klee," it's no secret what inspired these rings. Pictured are pieces from the "Architects" and "Bauhaus" series by Montreal's Bande des Quatres (Erin Wahed & Janis Kerman).


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similarly inspired are Rhode Island jeweller Lané Vorster's kinetic "Postmodern Architecture" rings, like this one, "The Guggenheim."

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Friday, July 13, 2012

England's Amanda Trimmer invites you to join her Secret Superhero Society. Her lasercut card rings and brooches, created by layering elements taken from comic book heroes, gain you entrance into a club of fellow collectors. Visit her site for more playful pieces, such as the "Power-Up" power pods for "those days where nothing seems to go right no matter what you do."


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if you are having one of those days, New York's James Colarusso will tell you it's not due to Friday the 13th. The number 13, prevalent in his jewellery, is one the Sicilian culture regards as lucky.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

When I first came across this design duo, they went by "Fragmentos," but I like their new name better. Madrid-based Argentines Julian Pastorino and Cecilia Suarez are now known as Frags — direct and incisive, just like their jewellery.


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For rings with actual fragments — that is, old chinaware set in silver — visit UK jeweller Rosie Bill. You can commission her to do the same with your old heirlooms.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Poland's Noitak Design (Katarzyna Wójcik) turns erstwhile dolls into "The Freaks."


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for more plastic body parts, like this hand ring, check out another jeweller who explores the notion of freakiness: Switzerland's Aline Battegay and her "Polymorphic Perversions" series.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The expression "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" shall henceforth be replaced by "a box of bunnies." Officially. I mean it. Ring by Greek jeweller Artemis Valsamaki.


Here's another bunny — and a cat, and a planter — by Russian felt artist Wool Bulb (aka Ksenia Schinkowskaya).


Bunny #3 from Missouri's Kelly Robinson.


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Here's yet another bunny, striking a silhouette pose, from London-based jeweller and graphic designer Harue Young. She also has pendants available.

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Monday, July 9, 2012


At my old office, we'd get fresh flowers every Monday morning. I think I would've preferred these silver ones instead (allergies, you know). Otherworldly blossoms from UK jeweller Ruth Moore.


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Some more pretty silver blossoms, this time from Japan's Atsuko Ito. I like the way she presents her jewellery; everything looks like a still-life painting.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Now that flip flop weather is here...

...it's time to pay tribute to rings of the genus "toe."

Even if you prefer to wear your rings north of your knees, there's plenty to admire in the portfolio of Maryland design student Meg Dattoria.


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you don't necessarily need flip flop weather to wear this ring from WM Phelps! They also have a collection of gold charms based on the natural environment of their state, Florida.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jewellery for blackthumbs? Oxidized petals surround bits of glass and stone in these black botanical rings by Pflipsen Olivova Studio, a Wisconsin-based glassmaker/jeweller husband (Steve Pflipsen) and wife (Katia Pflipsen Olivová, originally from the Czech Republic).


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More black botanicals from Israel's Vered Babai; this piece is from the "Traces" series, which was inspired by "the logic found in nature."

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Part ring, part cuff, these pieces seem to have a split personality (or dissociative identity disorder, to be DSM-IV compliant). No matter what you call them, one thing's for sure: they're totally cool.

All statement pieces above by UK jeweller Maria Piana.


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these rings are split, literally. The top and bottom of each is cleft; the split on top reveals a row of diamonds. Rings from Belgium's Pauwels Spaenjers (Audi Pauwels & Kitty Spaenjers).

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

If these spacer rings sort of look like faces, you're not imagining things — they're part of the cast of quirky characters created by Finnish jeweller Sirja Knaapi. If you're interested in the process, she's posted a "making of" video you can check out.


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For more eyes — lots and lots more — check out this humourous "Paranoid Ring" with inward-facing googly eyes by Nicole Podio, a Texan jeweller living in Italy.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Striking lines from Taipei-based Amira Hatta, whose "Moving Shadows" rings are an "experiment in the use of shadows to convey movement, time and the fleeting."


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Speaking of striking lines, I like the clean, flat outlines used by Romanian jeweller Odette Lupu.

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