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Wednesday, October 31, 2012    
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Just because it's Hallowe'en doesn't mean your jewellery has to be kitschy! Bring a little refinement to All Hallows' Eve with these "bat" and "mask" rings that are appropriate even year-round. Rings by UK jeweller Rachael Hutton.


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some equally refined skull chain rings, in onyx and mother-of-pearl, from Jezabel (Paris-based Italian jeweller Carolina M. Capelli).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012    
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When you're a candy-loving kid, waiting for Hallowe'en can be torturous — but not this torturous. In "The Punisher," UK jeweller Julianah Rotimi takes inspiration from horror films and medieval torture devices. Be a glutton for punishment — visit her site for more!


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For a spikey ring not designed to impale you, see the "Poseidon" collection from UK jeweller Samira Mazloom, who was inspired by sea urchins.

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Monday, October 29, 2012    
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"Moneys Mushrooms makes meals marvelous!" Anyone else remember that old commercial? Well, with apologies to Moneys, Markley's modern metalwork makes Monday marvelous. Check out these "structure" rings and mmmmmmmore in the gallery of Iowa's Lauren Markley.


Bonus link: this "fungi" ring isn't by Moneys — it's by South Africa's Smith Jewellery (Anna Raimondo), who has a large collection of silverwork including geometric and Moroccan styles.

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Friday, October 26, 2012    
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If you ever break a finger in the presence of Hanna Mawbey, you'll at least be the most well-dressed patient around. Check out the UK artist's exploration of medical equipment design! Shown above are her splint rings, which take advantage of the antibacterial properties of silver.

Above, her "prosthetic finger printers."


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you may not need a doctor but a dentist may be in order if you can relate to this "sweet tooth" ring! That's a gold cake and a real dental cap. Ring by California artist Joyce Clements.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012    
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I've lost track of how many rings I've said looked good enough to eat. But today? The tables are turned.

In Soviet Russia — or present day California — ring eat you! Resin rings by Los Angeles sculptor Elliot Jackson.


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these faces don't want to eat you, but they may want to bodyslam you into the ground. Trade off? Luchador ring by California's Skinny Dog (Scott and Jennifer Janiak-Ross).

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012    
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UK metalsmith Karen Smith creates kinetic jewellery — but not just any kinetic jewellery. Harkening back to the early days of film animation, her pieces include phenakistoscope brooches and the wonders you see before you here: zoetrope rings!

Visit her site for more great work, like this "Dutch house" ring.


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speaking of film, in addition to creating clean and simple wedding rings, Northern Ireland's Garvan Traynor has made pieces for movies and tv shows (including "Game of Thrones").

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012    
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I was doing some blogkeeping and realized that I'd somehow gone two years without posting one of my favourites, Katharina Vones, a German jeweller studying in Scotland. Thus, it is with great shame that I post, very belatedly, this amazing work. Don't wait another second — visit her site now to view much more!


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inscribed with messages like "buy gift" and "take pills," these silicone Rememberings help ensure you're never belated like me. By Singapore's Bravo Company.

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Monday, October 22, 2012    
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If these rings don't wake you up, your Monday-itis maybe be too fargone to cure! (I know, I know, the disease is a myth.) New York's Matthew Campbell Laurenza bedazzles with these "urban deco" fireworks.


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For a much, much, much more subdued take on crystals, check out Japanese designer Dan Tomimatsu, who modelled his ring on a sugar crystal.

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Friday, October 19, 2012    
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Are you feeling this ring? You should be — it's the "tactile" ring by UK jeweller Carrie Dickens.


Check out her gallery for lots of interesting, organic metalwork. And have a great weekend!


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For more draping metal rings, see Brooklyn's Semi Jewels (Ren Ariel Sano), who likes to "emphasize the tactile quality of the materials."

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Thursday, October 18, 2012    
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With these rings, California's Sondra Sherman highlights the value of the body's largest organ. Considering few of us would trade all our skin for a shiny rock, I'd say that value is pretty high.

Visit her site for many more interesting series; shown above is one of her "dis-engagement" rings.


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You can go from merely framing your skin to magnifying it with this large lens! Ring by UK jeweller Jordanne Cliffe, from her "Life of Jeanie" collection.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012    
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Do you sometimes feel hollow inside?

Maybe you just need some resin filling — like in these "Hollow Pixel," "Hollow Diamond" and "Hollow Tear" rings from Brooklyn's WXYZ Jewelry (Laura Wass).


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here's a sleek hollow ring in brass and silver from the "am i be" line by Arizona artist Margaret Irene Baczewski. Be sure to also check out her "body" collection (under "fine art") for more interesting adornments.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012    
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They may look like cotton candy but I wouldn't advise putting them in your mouth — these are "pollution" rings by Birmingham jewellery student Winnie Wong.

More from the cool series above (love those sliced, squared pipes).


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play your own little part in reducing pollution by opting for recycled silver, which is what British designer Stef Warde of Peculiar Vintage uses in her modern, organic jewellery.

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Monday, October 15, 2012    
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I think I've won the Golden Ticket! This Wonka-esque, candycane rollercoaster of a ring is by UK jeweller Julie Lockhart (who actually calls it her "abacus" ring).


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For more candied fun, check out the m&ms rings (available in many colours) at LVLY, web store for Kits + Diezijn, a children's gift shop in Amsterdam.

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Friday, October 12, 2012    
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Do you lift your pinky when drinking tea? Now you can also do so when passing the cream!

The pot, on the other hand, may require some stronger digits. For more interesting work, visit Slovakia's Lucia Bartková.


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care for some pie with that tea? This ring even comes with its own server! Ring by Toronto- based Swedish artist Britta Klingenstierna.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012    
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Sweet, simple and scalloped: whether with silver or red nylon filament, these cute rings are a fresh take on the crown ring.

Rings above, including this perforated band, by Montreal-based Swedish jeweller Camille Ouellette. She and fellow Swede Sofia Sandell make up Camille & Sofia.


Here's another perforated ring, neatly folded along the dotted lines. If you ask me, bubble wrap is overrated. Real satisfaction comes from folding a perforated sheet one way, then the other, then hearing the soft zzzzzzzzzzzip as you tear the paper in a perfectly straight line. I think Sweden's Tove Knuts knows what I'm talking about.


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These perforations may be more scattershot but they're just as pleasing. Silver ring by Blue Sunflower Studio (Miwa Kitani, a Japanese jeweller living in Greece).

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012    
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An extracted spinal column with hair attached to it — sounds like the stuff of Saw movies, yet it somehow makes for an elegant ring. Dublin's Daniela Cardillo, "intrigued by the components that make up a creature," created these rings using rodent bones and horsehair; the latter is braided in the style of Victorian mourning jewellery.


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Here's another curled spine ring because, as Italy's Enrica Prazzoli reminds us, "Itís whatís inside that counts." Also check out her red sign language series.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012    
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Having recently read a novel in which the old Chinese practice of foot binding was front and centre, well, I'm glad Lauren Passenti wasn't around in 19th century Puwei to give people any more ideas. Check out the Boston jeweller's "Contortion" rings, as well as many other pieces, in her gallery.


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if you're looking for a contortionist nowadays, you can start under the big tent — but maybe not this one. "Circus" ring by Spain's Noelia Contreras, who also makes miniature food in polymer clay.

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Monday, October 8, 2012    
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How am I supposed to feel if I like "Mixed Feelings"? These silver, nylon and varnish rings are from the "Mixed Feelings" collection by Israel's Naama Reich. Some more of her work below (I love how those skylines are silhouetted):


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have mixed feelings about mixed metals? For those of you who are still wary, these ultra simple rings are a great starter. Set of four from Ontario's Luttrell Studio (Laurie Luttrell).

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Friday, October 5, 2012    
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Talk about your keys to the city! This Agra key ring is killing me.

From San Francisco to India and several points in between, SF-based Australian jeweller Christina Elleni translates familiar cityscapes into amazing jewellery.


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Indiana's Laine Benthall has this more subtle take on the skyline ring, also available as a pendant. For cities at street level (or below), check her shop for subway map brooches.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012    
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I want to wear these but I'm afraid a piranha plant will pop up and get me.

Inspired by forms such as pylons and gasometers, UK jeweller Miriam George's "industrial" collection is a study in sliced and diced powder-coated metal tubes.


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for straightforward tubes, check out Lebanon's Dina Kamal, whose aesthetic is clean and minimal. (When you get there, be sure to scroll sideways.)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012    
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In grade 4, while making posters for Easter, my art teacher got me hooked on the technique of going over the outlines of my drawings with a black Sharpie. To my 9-year-old self, it made everything look so much better. While I doubt London's Janice Zethraeus was Sharpie-crazy like me, the illustrator-turned-jeweller shows her love of thick, fluid lines in her metalwork. Shown above is her "hole" ring in oxidized silver.


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here's another ring my Sharpie-loving former (and present-day) self would love. Ring by Germany's Corinna Loelgen, whose work is based on architectural forms.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012    
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These kinetic orrery rings would make perfect passive-aggressive gifts for self-centered folk — you know, to remind them that unless they are the sun, the world doesn't revolve around them. On the other hand, they're just way too cool to give away! For more, see British jeweller Julia Smith.


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Continue your star-gazing with these "Milky Way" rings from Juni Jewelry (New York-based jeweller Jun Ishigami). She also has a ring with a diamond constellation.

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Monday, October 1, 2012    
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Bats are not cute. Bats that whoosh into your hotel room at night and flail spastically around your head, all "mwaha, so much for your 'relaxing' vacation," are especially not cute. But bat rings by Axelhoney? Pretty cute.

More from the designer, California's Melissa Contreras, above.


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for all sorts of silver animals, even platypus (as pictured at left), see Japanese shop Fauni (link to google-translated site for easier navigation).

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