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Friday, June 28, 2013


Please note: there will be no posting on July 1st, Canada Day! Thanks!

Wrapping up the week, the month, and the first half of the year (!) with concrete and colour from UK jeweller Sally Morrison.


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For more concrete jewellery, check out Montreal's Catrie (Éliane-Catrie Blouin-Achim), who pairs concrete with polished silver.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Here's Thursday's ring. I don't mean today Thursday — I mean any Thursday. It's from UK artist Olivia Creber's "Ring a Day" series, designed "to take you from Monday to Friday." Don't miss her portfolio of provocative work using horsehair and resin!


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where you won't see any hair is in these "Little Women" rings by Kuwait's Muneera Hamed Alsharhan. Meant to resemble pebbles at first glance, each woman is cloaked in an abaya.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Porous Gold | Precious Ruins" is a collection inspired by the ancient kingdom of Kilwa Kisiwani (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site in present-day Tanzania). To see the rest of the work and read about the inspiration, visit Brooklyn's Jenna Pierson.


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Here's another porous piece: this ring features ethically found coral, left unpolished to highlight its natural form. Ring by Bachman's Sparrow of San Francisco.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pointer fingers, plants and pistachio-green plastic from Boston- based metalsmith Laura Jaklitsch.


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speaking of (or in) Ps, here's a pea ring, as well as a lentil ring, from German jeweller Britta Knüppel's "veggie jewels."

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Monday, June 24, 2013

When it comes to leatherbound classics, you've got Austen, you've got Dickens, and now you've got Jackie Capozzoli. Check out JAKIMAC, the Los Angeles jeweller's line of leather and quartz wearables.


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I can't quite make out the titles or authors but here's a ring with a photo of leatherbound books. It's one of many pretty photo rings from Baltimore photographer Melika Carr.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

From (who'd-ever-guess-these-were-) recycled plastic bottles...

...to "hairline" rings, there's a weekend's worth of stuff to explore in the portfolio of Georgia-based Chinese artist Shiying Gao.


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another US-based Chinese artist is Jiarui Lu, who grew up near the Imperial Palace of Shenyang and whose work "always contains elements of traditional Chinese culture and art."

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maybe somewhere, in an alternative universe, there's an alternate me blogging only about stud earrings.

And maybe she's wondering about an alternate self in an alternate world who blogs only about rings, like this "Stud Ring" by UK artist Kirsty Isla Nicholson.


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here's a more conventional stud ring from UK jewellery shop Bear and Mojo, purveyors of all things spiky, triangular and chained.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

While this diamond solitaire may sparkle in its box...

...remove the lid...

...and you remove the sparkle, as well. Read more about "Invisible Love" by SashaPure (Taiwanese artist Sasha Tseng).


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Here's another playful take on the diamond solitaire. This "Sillymond" ring with stretchable silicone band is from South Korea's Perfect Sunday.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013


New York-based Sara Cochran's "Insecta" series is "an exploration into the simultaneously unsettling and intriguing aspects of insects."

Entomophobes need not fear — there's plenty more to check out on her site!


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A more subtle nod to our Insecta friends is this "Colony" ring with its golden honeycomb surrounded by white topaz. Ring by London's Gia Belloni.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Let me point you in the direction of some arrow rings (clockwise from top left): handcut arrows from Florida's Claire Sommers Buck, bow & arrow from New York's Fleather Fox, twisted rope arrows from Texas metalsmith Elisha Marie Garza, stackable "native arrow" ring from New York's Torch Song Metals (Emily Sajban), ring with yellow silver arrowheads from Brooklyn's Digby & Iona (Aaron Ruff), and a wrap-around arrow from Ohio's Hero King (Zac Little).


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One more arrow from "Typewriter," a collection that "highlights the development of technology but with the loss of mechanical aesthetics." By UK jeweller Hannah Wain.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Let's do a Friday Five in a Flash! Getting us started are these "Armatae" arrowhead rings by Italy's Gaia Bottari.


"Leverage," inspired by the lever and wedge, by Sweden's Annika Pettersson.


Acrylic on silver by Belgium's Frédéric Rossius.


Androgynous rings by Toronto's Paul McClure.


"Debris" ring with ox hair by the UK's Morag Sumerling.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

These rings are so cool, they blow their own socks off.


Or their own facets off, anyway. For these and many more interesting series, check out Germany's Ariane Ernst.


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Want a softer take on facets? For diamond-shaped rings in leather, as well as other leather goods, visit Hong Kong's Anyway (Amus Leung & Gladys Chun).

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013


I may not have a cool bone in my body but Greek designer Eleni Zolia ensures I can put one on.


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Australian jeweller Thea Fortmann's "Sabi" ring is made using rabbit vertebrae "to celebrate the beauty of the passage of time; birth, death and decay."

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taiwanese jeweller I-Hsuan (Katy) Chen combines "the kinetic and the kaleidoscopic" in her stainless steel wonders. Meanwhile, I find it krummy and downright kruel that she only gives us one page!


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For more stainless steel, check out Australia's The Museum of Small Things, whose rings are 3D-printed (also available in silver).

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Monday, June 10, 2013

The inspiration behind this ring is... well, inspired! Can you guess what it is?

The mein idea: noodles hanging from chopsticks!


Visit Australia's Ly Yeow for her "bridge" ring and more.


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Friday, June 7, 2013

Don't let this ring scare you away — New Zealand artist Amelia Pascoe has tons of interesting work to show you! I'm going to restrain myself and post only one image, so please go visit her site for more.

And by "one image," of course, I mean two images. Now go.


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Here's a much duller ring — duller than a guillotine blade, that is! It's a butter knife-turned-ring by Silver Wears (Washington state jeweller Chris Strein).

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Is this what Nina Garcia means by "editorial?" When I look at these rings, I see a proofreader's carets, asterisks and slashes! Rings by Rhode Island-based designer Anjye Wang.


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for more editorial marks (like parentheses and brackets), or punctuation marks like (exclamation points), all set with diamonds, check out New York's Khai Khai (Haim Medine).

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Forget Paul McCartney and his symbolic keyboard — it's ebony and silver that live together in perfect harmony, at least when it comes to Spanish jeweller Gustavo Paradiso.

Visit his site for more, like his metalwork and updated millefiori.


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Making a strong case for ebony (in colour, at least) and diamond is Italy's Luca Cosseddu, with this sleek ring in black horn (plus sparkling tip).

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

If I were to rank musical instruments in order of preference, brass instruments would not be near the top. I often find them too shrill. They just don't have a nice... ring, unlike the array of brass from Oregon's Seaworthy (Marisa Howard Seaworthy).


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find more nice brass at UK shop Eclectic Eccentricity, like this "petal vintage" adjustable ring with a pretty floral pattern.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

If you visit the portfolio of New Zealand's Moniek Schrijer, you'll see lots of cool work in concrete, wood, glass and more. (You'll also see my ultimate conundrum: a ring placed on top of a dead bird. Which is like giving a garlic-infused inhaler to an asthmatic vampire.)


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For more wood rings, check out the Ukraine's Zen. Some of their rings, like the one pictured here, feature cork inlays.

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