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Friday, May 31, 2013    
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I leave you for the weekend in the good hands of UK-based Liangchao Shao, whose portfolio of narrative pieces — I promise — you don't want to miss.


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here's another ring with a miniature figure — one you might recognize! Yes, that's Sisyphus, as imagined by UK jeweller Sam Photic.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013    
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I love the quiet, perfect simplicity of these rings so much, I'm almost having a Zen moment. Before I drift off into total enlightenment, I should mention they're by German father-daughter duo WSAKE (he's a metalsmith, she's a graphic designer).


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Looking for another Zen moment? Meditate on the oh-so-soothing creations of UK metalsmith Chloe Robertson, who combines silver and hardwood.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013    
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If you find your security blanket too cumbersome to carry around, try the "Fillia" ring. The Netherlands' Claudia Silveira Oliveira explains, "Fillia is a memory carrier.... [it] is meant to keep intimate emotions and remembrances close while being in public. The bigger pouch carries a fragrance, a scented cotton ball for example, and in the other pouch there is space for a small object, a small photo, whatever one needs to keep close."

Check out her site for more work, including holsters (for both hand and body) and pieces made from plastic six-pack rings.


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here's another holster ring, made from vintage components, by Brooklyn's Cinkensta (Cindy Stayton). Check her shop for lots of cool pieces using chains.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013    
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You could never call these rings "bare bones" — because while they may look like metal (and newspaper) throughout, the tops are actually tinted bone. For more, check out French jeweller Ynac.


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Ontario's Muskratpaw doesn't tint their bones but they do adorn them with faux gems and pearls. This particular ring features a rabbit pelvic bone.

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  • Votum (Vancouver) - silver bones
  • Cadi (Spain/Israel) - lines & honeycombs
  • Naomi Tracz (UK) - metal & stones

Monday, May 27, 2013    
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This is Catherine Le Gal, rough.

And this is Catherine prettied up. Rings above from the French jeweller's "Rough" and "Plum" collections.


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If rough is your thing, don't miss out on Fervour's Own (Halifax metalsmith Kiersten Holden), whose rings are all about "raw and rough textures."

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Friday, May 24, 2013    
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French designer Morgane Fieschi doesn't need to have the cards stacked in her favour — these rings earn kudos, fair and square!


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For more playful jewellery (not to mention an array of non-wearable artwork), check out the "Chuckles" collection from Wisconsin's Jill L Erickson.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013    
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In "Monsters Within," Stefanie Sheehan "symbolically represent[s] unwelcome human emotions such as nervousness, anger, jealousy and sadness." Feeling bad never looked so good!

Visit the New York metalsmith for lots more, like this cool spike ring.


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with a name like Evil Rings, it's no surprise this German biker jewellery shop is another source for monster rings, but they also have some unexpected pieces like a koi ring and this cool tiger head.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013    
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Let's talk about the elephant in the (tea-)room. Haati Chai, Bengali for "elephant and tea" according to L.A. designer Stella Simona, offers a cool collection which draws on her Indian roots.


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This architectural "Srinagar" ring is from Amrapali, a well-known luxury jewellery brand based in India and with stores around the world.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013    
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A little rough around the edges — in a good way. Visit Minnesota's Tova Lund for modern metalwork with a signature touch: perforated edges.


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look for French jeweller Savannah Dusson's modern interpretation of the cherry blossom in her "Origami" collection; in these rings, her updated shape is outlined in perforations.

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Monday, May 20, 2013    
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Count me in as a subscriber. Swaziland's Quazi Design, founded by UK designer Doron Shaltiel, contributes to the sustainable jewellery movement by making pieces out of recycled magazines. The group was recently joined by jeweller Nadia Medani, who designed some of the rings above.


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For more recycled paper, layered on top of wood in this case, check out Hawaii's Morgan Lane-Tanner. This particular ring is made using an old map.

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Friday, May 17, 2013    
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Time for Friday Five in a Flash, starting with this cool layered acrylic piece by the UK's Stephanie Arm.


"Creepy Crawly" resin by Nicole Iredale, also of the UK.


Angular gold from Italy's Fernanda Duso.


Ladder ring (reminiscent of a certain Jim Carrey movie) by Thailand's Panjapol Kulp.


"Exquisite Security" by Texas metalsmith Robert Thomas Mullen.

Thursday, May 16, 2013    
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No longer will I associate marble with opulent sculptures of antiquity. San Francisco's Maschari (Hannah Jewett) uses marble and acrylic to make decidedly minimalist yet striking jewellery. I particularly love the necklaces — go check them out!


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There's marble, and then there's marbles. German jeweller Ulrike Ullmann uses the latter as a stone in her wood and silver murmel rings.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013    
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Rather than wait another seven months, I figured I'd do the blog equivalent of breakfast for dinner: a Christmas post in May. English jeweller Kristina Kitchener's "Five Bold Rings" represent holiday foods such as cranberry sauce and mince pies. More importantly, they're all made from recycled plastic bags, just like everything else by this "sustainable jeweller."


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Here's some more recycled plastic from Croatia's Pera Virens, who uses plastic bottle caps. You can also check her site for an array of recycled plastic wallets.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013    
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Why do people say something is "cute as a button"? What makes a button any cuter than a zipper, a pocket or an aglet? Making a strong case for a switch to "cute as a collar" is Los Angeles-based Japanese designer Lunna Menoh and her leather collar rings.


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hmm, maybe that should be "cute as a dog collar." Ring by New York-based Torontonian Stephanie Eisen, aka Puzzled Life, whose main focus is on puzzle piece-shaped jewellery.

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Monday, May 13, 2013    
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UK-based French jeweller Flavie Michou shows us that even skulls like to get glammed up once in a while.

Did I mention they all have movable jaws (and some, even sunglasses!)? Visit her site for more, including cute cupcake rings!


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for more fabulous skulls, check out China's Skullis, whose entire business is carving skulls out of various stones and crystal. Not just limited to jewellery, they also have some amazing skull sculptures (skullptures?).

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Friday, May 10, 2013    
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Want pop? Turn to Poppy! UK jeweller Poppy Porter has a fabulous collection of statement jewellery in beautiful hues of anodized titanium.


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For clean, fresh, loopy ribbons of anodized titanium, check out Australian jeweller Vanessa R Williams.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013    
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A bird and mouse even I couldn't cower from! Visit Italy's Francesca Gabrielli for a variety of work in acrylic, titanium and more.


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For more acrylic, check out Denmark's Pfisk (Pernille Fisker), who has this "diamond" ring with interlocking pieces.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013    
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Baltimore's Colleen Roxas is a graphic designer with a love of typography. (In other surprising news, water is watery.) Check out her line of lasercut wood jewellery, "Embody."


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Another graphic designer who makes jewellery is Brazil's Afranio Antunes; pictured is the sleek and shiny "a" ring from his "Gráficos" collection.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013    
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According to UK jeweller Deborah Forrest's bio, "the use of vitreous enamel is a key feature" of her work. And if you ask me, the "key feature" of her bio is where it says "she is particularly noted for her rings."


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Also known for enamel is Japan's Shiki (and sister brand Germer), who produced this rather exquisite bee ring.

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Monday, May 6, 2013    
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Something old, something new: UK jeweller Hannah Kimber combines the modern techniques of laser-sintering and 3D-printing with traditional Moroccan design.


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Nessa is a line from Vanessa Mimran, a jeweller with Moroccan roots who's now based in France. Pictured are her "Aziyade" rings.

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Friday, May 3, 2013    
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Taiwan's Jean Hsu puts the "P.E.T." in "pretty." Her "Lively" jewellery combines crochet with dyed P.E.T. plastic.


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Here's some more needlework, sans plastic. These adorable amigurumi rings are by Momshoo, a mother and daughter duo from Singapore.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013    
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I've always loved rings with facets. Today, I'm loving rings with faces.

In fact, I love the whole collection from Australia's Suzi Zutic.


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For more rings with faces, comic-book style this time, check out the portfolio of Italian designer Claudio Ranfagni.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013    
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Easter may have come and gone but Orthodox Easter (which I'm sure is big on the bunny aspect) is in four days! Any excuse to don one of these cute bunny-ear rings.

For more ears (and antlers and heads) in metal or colourful nylon, check out the 3D-printed jewellery of England's The Rogue and the Wolf.


Bonus link: I love how this clever piece turns a dog ring into a two-finger ring by highlighting the best features of a Basset Hound. It's by Swedish jeweller Anna Siivonen, who also has bunnies (and cats and bats).

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