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Thursday, February 28, 2013    
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Sometimes, as much as I like the featured ring, it's really a thinly-veiled way for me to highlight the rest of the jeweller's collection.

Today, I'm not even going to bother veiling it. Visit South Korea's ARA Jewellery for charming, modern takes on Korean motifs, particularly in their non-ring collections (like the fan and eggplant earrings above).


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While her "Balance" ring is neat, here's another Korean jeweller whose standout work is outside the realm of rings. See New York-based Hyangmi Kim for show-stopping necklaces.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013    
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Tuesday was talons, Wednesday is wings — aaaand how! This ring is positively swooping.

For a touch of the dark side, see Turkey's Aida Bergsen.


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When it comes to wing rings, you probably think birds, angels or insects. New York's Margalita Designs (Margo Konikoff) gives us a break from the norm with this dragon wing!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013    
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I never met a meta ring I didn't like. Though we've seen talon rings before, these ones are adorned with their very own teeny rings! By UK jeweller Tessa Metcalfe.


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for more claws — literally, if you like! — check out UK shop I Love Crafty, which has tons of playful acrylic pieces. This one is from their "Feline Fatale" collection, where you'll find cat silhouettes and more.

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Monday, February 25, 2013    
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It's neat what a change in perspective can do. While this may look like a specimen from a Level 3 biolab, it's actually a cross-section of fused wires!

For more wire jewellery, check out Australia's Alison McKellar.


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Remember telephone cords? (If you don't, get off my lawn!) "Ringgg" is a series of fun, colourful, recycled phone wire rings from Boston's 9000things.

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Friday, February 22, 2013    
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Ending the week with some intriguing work in wood, silver and more from California-based Alexandra Hopp.


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Here's one more antler ring, this time in brass, from California's Pothos Jewelry (Amanda Espy). It's meant to symbolize the Greek god Dionysus.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013    
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How to get from this...

...to this?

If you're Colombian jeweller Hector Lasso (now based in Germany), "The extended planes of the stone become the building blocks of the silver castings. I still make some choices, but the shape of the ring is a consequence of the shape of the stone." Also shown are some of his stoneless rings.


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Just like the rings above, this one has the unmistakable texture of having been created using the cuttlefish bone casting technique. Ring by the UK's bulBULARium.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013    
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Just like I said two weeks ago: going...

Going...

Gone. Only this time, it's a more serious matter — global warming. Ring by Slovakian designer Frantisek Safarik; see his site, Sid Design, for many more interesting pieces!


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German jeweller Kerstin Laibach is highly concerned with the environment, using only recycled materials and donating 15% of profits to wildlife protection. See her "finger sculptures" for some cool architectural rings.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013    
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Horsies and braids, for grown-ups.

All rings above by Japan's Simmon (Shimon Sato).


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For many more braided rings, like this silver piece, check out Jennifer Tull Westberg. The New York artist also creates dolls and other sculptures.

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Monday, February 18, 2013    
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"Access Denied." I'll leave the describing to Georgia metalsmith Kristen Baird:

This two part ring symbolizes my ongoing conflict with food allergies. The middle ring represents a shiny ring pop that is enticing and desired, yet can not be consumed. Encasing the ring pop is a wire constructed cage wrapped in monofilament that encloses the ring pop allowing one to only admire but never touch.


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as you may know, this very site was born of my own allergy to metal. Which is why metal rings appear here but not in my shop. And which is also why I love resin rings like these by Tokyo-based F&f (Felipe Fonseca).

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Friday, February 15, 2013    
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We've all come across jewellery we just need to have — but what kind of jewellery really needs you? Parasites! Check out the "Body Parasite" series from UK-based Chinese artist Ming Gu.

More from the artist above.


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let's move from parasites to germs. Matko and Katarina Izlakar-Germ, that is. The Slovenian duo produces cute glass jewellery, like these cats!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013    
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Not for the faint of heart: rings from the "Swords & Daggers" collection by UK jeweller Helene Torp-Holte.


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Here's a ring that's almost literally heart-grabbing. From the "Lovely Things" series by This and That (Greek jeweller Konstantinos Lekkas).

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013    
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Persephoni of Greece is all about cool, stark geometry in stainless steel, whether it be a necklace or a clutch! Pictured is their cigarette-holder ring (I'm thinking a Twizzler would fit pretty well, too).


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Here's another stark metal triangular ring from Jerusalem's Michelle Sebbag. If you count that thick, slightly curved edge, it could even be another double triangle.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013    
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Today, let's apple-aud Brazilian jeweller Gabriela Pauli De Rolt.


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for more fruit — actual fruit, dried and sliced — check out Philadelphia's Real Fruit Jewelry. Shown is their dragon fruit ring; they also have figs, strawberries, blood oranges and more!

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Monday, February 11, 2013    
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Tickle the ivories, then tickle your tastebuds. This cake ring is made from old piano keys.

Using everything from candles to bakelite to vintage ivory, Hungary's Krisztina Stomfai serves up an array of fun pieces.


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For more rings with vintage components and findings, check out Atlanta jeweller Tasha Hussey. Pictured here is one of her bakelite pieces.

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Friday, February 8, 2013    
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So interesting, so distinctive. So goes Germany's Franz Bette.


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did someone say "sew"? How about stitched? Australia's Banjara offers "tribal" rings with patterns hand-stitched in nylon thread.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013    
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The prolific Gaetano Pesce flexes his already formidable design muscles with the use of flexible silicone resin. Check out the Italian architect/designer's jewellery range at Fish Design.


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Speaking of fish, here's a simple ring made of silver and orange fishing line. For more, including interesting line brooches, check out Czech artist Kristýna Malovaná.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013    
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Archaeological relics? Maybe they will be, in another thousand years, but these are the present-day works of Germany's Saskia Detering.


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These "crescent totem" rings, available in silver or brass, could also pass for ancient artifacts. Rings by Georgia's Laurel Hill.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013    
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A tip of the hat finger from Monika Brugger. Don't miss the rest of this German artist's work, both jewellery and non.


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Yubinuki, traditional Japanese thimbles, don't cover your tips at all — but they're pretty enough to wear as rings! Read more here.

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Monday, February 4, 2013    
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Going...

Going...

Gone. "Rough Diamonds" is "a series of hand-carved graphite rings that wear down over time, leaving a mark behind them." By UK artist Frances Andrews.


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for a more permanent graphite ring, Korea's i3Lab has "The New Diamond," based on the concept that diamonds and graphite are just different arrangements of the same element, carbon.

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Friday, February 1, 2013    
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End of a week, start of a month: a good a time as any for a round of Random Pluckings! First up is IndustRing, "a collection of rings inspired of an industrial production process" created "by cutting brass rectangular profiles in different angles and reconnecting the pieces in various ways." By Israel's Dana Bachar-Schneorson.


Ash wood bow rings by Iceland's Hring Eftir Hring.


Minimalist metal from Croatia's Mirta (Andrea Simic).


"Marrying the Ocean" by the UK's Sadie Chesterman-Bailey, who imagined jewels discovered in the ruins of the Titanic.


Finally, a geometric array from New York's Erica Cho.


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If you like a little colour with your geometry, check out British jeweller Hattie Rickards, who uses gems and enamel to brighten her designs. Shown here is her "Octo" flip ring.

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