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Thursday, January 31, 2013    
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This ring immediately brought to mind a specific memory I have of Ueno Park in Tokyo. Turns out I was off by 700 miles.

All rings above by UK jeweller Cristina Zani's "My Seoul" collection, inspired by "the contrasting architecture" of the South Korean city.


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back to Ueno... Sirena Azzurro, based in the Ueno district of Tokyo, has lots of pretty gemstone florals — but I like the ones that use black stones to keep from being too sweet.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013    
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Blood clots: always better outside the body than inside.

From collagen to dentine to the mucous membrane of the small intestine, UK jeweller Judith Peterhoff explores the inner body in her latest porcelain collection.

Check out the work in her archives, as well!


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For more porcelain, don't turn to German designer Nina Schymczyk. Her rings are designed to look like porcelain but are actually copper dipped in resin.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013    
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At the time of this writing, there are zero results on Google for the phrase "different but unassuming" (in quotation marks) but, ironically, several results for "unique but unassuming." Well, then, allow me to be the first: I like how these rings have an interesting edge while being fairly modest. You know, different but unassuming. By Japan's Jou Jou.


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Not to be confused with Japan's Jou Jou is Finland's Juju, a collective consisting of Mari Kallionpää (whose ring is pictured at left), Heta Anderson and Sanna Sillgren.

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Monday, January 28, 2013    
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Tout tutu today! Your fingers can point — and now, they can be en pointe with this "Ballet" collection from England's Carine Chang.


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For more ruffles, check out Russia's Sasha Chi, who serves up ruffled plastic combined with pearls and beads.

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Friday, January 25, 2013    
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When it comes to these designers, the sky's the limit.

These shiny, colourful rings seems to want to float away... Let Iceland's Orr (ÁstÞór Helgason and Kjartan Örn Kjartansson) take you with them.


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Want something that really is floating? Oklahoma's Spexton (Greg Shelton & Nate McPherson) has this titanium wedding band with floating diamond.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013    
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I think I just purred. Check out the architectural lines of Hong Kong's Humphrey Wong.


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Also architectural, though in a completely different way, is the metalwork of UK minimalist jeweller Frank Luckham.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013    
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Exquisite animals re-imagined as exquisite rings: Lizard, Flamingo, Anaconda.

All rings above by Paris-based Joji Kojima.


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For more animals, from lobsters to poodles to this bronze and aluminum armadillo with its similarly scaly shell, check out Italy's Dark Mode 3.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013    
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I'm mesmerized by how she captured the iridescence of a pigeon's neck. It's almost as mesmerizing as the word "mesmerizing" itself. (It just wouldn't be the same if Franz Mesmer had been born Franz Finkelstein.)

For foxes, badgers and other felted friends, visit England's Lizzie Pearce.


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For even more felted foxes and friends, check out the works of textile artisan Namoa (Ireland's Éilís Ó Cathail). Also be sure to see her pretty butterfly wings!

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Monday, January 21, 2013    
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Columbiform (New York's Gillian Steiner) is all about cubes and tubes — and chains, as in the rings pictured above. See all the pieces on her site!


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Here's a novel take on the chain ring: it's an adorable little silver "tie" (and shirt collar) ring by London-based Japanese jeweller Megumi Toyokawa.

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Friday, January 18, 2013    
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For a third consecutive day of armour, check out Sweden's Mike Årsjö, whose collaborations with various designers have yielded bold, masculine bodywear. Shown above are pieces from his collaboration with Swedish label Obscur for their latest menswear collection.


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Here's a ring featuring some of nature's armour — porcupine quills! Ring by New York's Gretchen Jones, who you may remember from Project Runway.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013    
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Here's some "finger armour" that does a 180 from yesterday's! This copper piece was inspired by the art of Max Ernst.

All rings (and bees!) above by Poland's Justyna Stasiewicz.


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Austrian fine jewellers FREYWILLE are known for their enamel work inspired by historical motifs and artists like Monet (as pictured here) and Klimt — no word on Ernst.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013    
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I'm starting to think Joan of Arc was only in it for the armour. I would be, too, if it looked as cool as these "armour" rings by Italy's Paola Volpi. Visit her site for more, including chunky rope necklaces.


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Pay proper homage to the French heroine with the "Joan of Arc" collection from Lesley Rand Bennett. The Arizona jeweller has lots of equestrian styles available.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013    
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If you're going to have a cow, the modern meat industry is as good a reason as any. Pictured above are "Genetically Modified" rings from "Know Your Meat," a fascinating series by Illinois artist Erika A. Uzmann (I couldn't resist including some brooches, as well). When you're done checking out the awesome pieces, you can read the accompanying blog here.


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No meat here, just bone, in the "cowskull" ring by Los Angeles fashion label Wildfox Couture (also available in white — or would that be "bone"?).

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Monday, January 14, 2013    
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I was happily reading all about His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (the 85 year old, Massachusetts-born, world's longest-serving current head of state) when I realized this isn't a Thai crown at all. It's a starfish! Or one fifth of one, anyway.

Chicago metalsmith Dallas Maynard displays "archaeological and zoological tendencies," making use of "natural elements like bones, teeth, claws, and fur — paying homage to the Native American theory of 'waste not, want not.'"


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Speaking of bones, it's the material of choice when it comes to the "igloo" series by Tokyo-born Wi Hihanni Takahashi (now based in Australia).

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Friday, January 11, 2013    
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How do you say "giddyup" in Mandarin? Visit Chinese artist Mengnan Qu for beautiful works informed by her culture (like these horse rings). Not surprisingly, she originally trained as a painter.


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how do you say "giddyup" sixty feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean? (Answer: "Glug.") For horses of the sea variety, check out Colombian-born, Scottish-raised Catherine Zoraida.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013    
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While some may value spinning rims for their looks, what about cinder blocks and crowbars? It turns out they, too, can be works of art, as long as they're in the hands of Lawrence Woodford. The jewellery artist, currently working in Washington, D.C., re-appropriates motifs from gang culture and turns them into "softer wearable adornments."

Don't miss his other collections! Pictured above is a ring from his "Urban Worship" series.


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Somewhat similar in shape is this grooved "egg" ring by England's Jenny Balson. In her work, she "explores light and shadow, interiors and exteriors."

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013    
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"Imagine your beach...in bloom." So says Dutch artist Linda Ezerman, whose work is inspired by the "outside world." Visit her site for more, like the cool "ice" rings made of polymer clay.


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For a little more of the outside world, check out UK jeweller Bridget Harvey, whose organic, natural wood pieces look weather-worn.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013    
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If your New Year's resolutions have you acting like an angel, there's no better time for one of these halo-like rings by Sophie Alice Hirsch. Or, step it up a notch with one of the UK artist's actual halos, which you can find on her site.


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If you're being so good that a single halo just won't cut it, New York's Sandy Leong has stackable "halo" rings in various shades of gold.

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Monday, January 7, 2013    
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After the excess of the holidays, a little minimalist relief. Bronze and gold rings by North Carolina's Hannah Ferrara Smitley; for availability, check her shop, Another Feather.


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Here's a similar ring that's flashy in name only: it's by Flashy Era. Check out the Korean designer for lots of clean metal, twisted bands and pearls.

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