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Friday, November 29, 2013

I think the blood lends a certain je ne sais quoi, but YMMV. As we head into another weekend, Brazil's Raul Souza helps me to remind you: be safe out there!


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Here's a two-finger ring that's safe for the squeamish... unless you're squeamish about snakes. Ring by New York's Jennifer Fisher.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

A solution for itchy wool gloves?

Check out Toronto artist Theresa Duong for a wide variety of pieces featuring metal, paper and fibre.


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For more finger undergarments, check out Sarah Burchill, who makes silver corset rings (including the one pictured here). The Swedish artist works in a wide range of materials.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pretty in pink plastic and copper, these rings remind me of minimalist pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs).

I love all the pleats, perforations and plastic from New York's Clara Cho.


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for another pleated ring, check out New Hampshire's Barbara Cieslicki, who mixes clear Lucite and metal. Also pictured is her "Quilted" look.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Porcelain and gold, two ways, from Estonian jeweller Sofja Markarova.


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for more porcelain, see Czech jeweller Mirka Janeckova, who concentrates "on using only 'white' materials as porcelain, silver, aluminium and textile to create playful, poetic pieces."

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Czech jeweller Tereza Čermáková offers some interesting perspectives in silver and perspex. "Perspex-tives," if you will. But I don't blame you if you don't.


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For more perspex and metal, check out Australia's Meekz Contemporary Jewellery (Jemica Ostrofski), who uses recycled materials.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Your fingertips are a touch sensitive. They do most (if not all) of the work of being a finger, yet it's the rest of the digit that gets to dress up and look nice. UK-based Thai jeweller Natha Khunprasert makes sure your tips get the focus they deserve.


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Another tip of the hat to the tip of the finger is this silver fingerprint ring by Brooklyn's Matt White.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kota Okuda is in for a penny, in for a pound... sterling. The UK-based Japanese jeweller has a collection that's all coins, all the time, taking full advantage of the device as a design device element.


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For lots of antique-style coins in brass and bronze, visit House of Alaia (Christy Feaver & Nea Hildebolt), based in both Indonesia and Tofino, BC.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Salt is often the only souvenir I buy when I travel, so you can imagine my appreciation for this "Bone Appétit" series featuring Persian, Italian, Himalayan and Hawaiian salts, among others. The crystals sit on rings made of bone and silver. For more, visit Dinah Lee, an American jeweller currently based in Italy.


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For more crystal rings, check out the raw, organic, chunky creations of Philadelphia's The Vagabond Queen (Danielle Barbe), like this "Salt of the Earth" ring.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

More facets today — or, at least, the illusion of them — from the "Facets" collection by Toronto's Margaret Lim. Those strong lines are a common thread throughout much of her work.


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for still more (faux) facets, see Mexico's La Objeteria (Bárbara Magaña), who also has adorably plump birds and cute flowers in her collection of modern silver pieces.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Faceted Jesmonite from England's Alison Claire (Alison Eardley).


Faceted PMC from New York's Erica Bello.


Faceted resin from the UK's Francesca Flynn.

I'm starting to think I have a thing for facets.


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A double-headed faceted ring from Amsterdam-based German jeweller Ursula Woerner, who has lots of interesting jewellery and objects in her gallery.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

If Lilian Mattuschka were a tree, she'd consist of grapewood... and would be dressed in white silk, apparently. Check out the Italian jeweller's spacer rings (as I like to call this between-fingers style) from "If I Was a Tree."


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Here's another wooden spacer ring; this one reminds me of a spinning top! Ring by Belgium's Nadine Sizaire, an illustrator and retired art teacher.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jing He "take[s] making jewellery as a way of asking questions instead of giving answers." Watch the Amsterdam-based Chinese artist turn everyday objects (like an array of kitchen tools) into wearable pieces. The build-a-branch ring shown here is from the "Functional - Nonsense" series.


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for an easier-to-wear branch ring (with or without bird), see Ireland's Chupi.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Scalloped: a good choice for potatoes, a great choice for rings. Above, rings by the awesomely-named Minimumnuts of Japan.


Scalloped brass with enamel by New York's Brandy Pham.


Painted, lasercut wood by the UK's Little Peche (Maxine Turnock).


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while I rarely focus on big-name brands, these Kate Spade scallop rings were too cute to ignore. Also available in rhodium and pavé styles.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A ring with so many looks, you'll have to do a double-take — twice.

Visit Japan's Phenomena Collection (Fuyuka Tsuji & Keisaku Nagasaki) for some neat perspectives in silver.


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For diamonds that look like diamonds from all angles, check out Japan's AbHeri. Their engagement and bridal jewellery is the definition of pretty.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

In her "Unfurling" series, UK jeweller Hannah Kyriakou combines spray-coloured wire, plastic, plaster and pigment, inspired by "the flourishing and also perishing of plants and their distinct texture."


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Anne Sutherland is another UK designer with a similar inspiration; she believes "each stage [in nature] between growth and decay is intricate and precious." Pictured is her pod ring.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

"Awesome" doesn't even begin it. I do not have some awe. I have lots and lots of awe. I am full of awe. I am awful awestruck by these rings from Chinese artist Payson Ni.


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Here's another Chinese temple from London's Annoushka. The "Temple of Heaven" ring (currently unavailable) is based on its namesake complex in Beijing.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Inspired by sign language, these hand pieces represent the letters V (as in "very") and I (as in "interesting"). For more, visit London-based French jeweller Évelie Mouila (may be nsfw).


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These "letter rings" by Conceptsmithing (South Korea's Seonyong Lee) are stamped with little bits of the alphabet.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

These rings looks like they were dipped into rainbow sherbet...

...which is fitting, because they actually used to dip into rainbow sherbet. Spanish jeweller Azahara Santoro used plastic from dozens of little spoons (notice the punched-out bits) to create her "Old for New" series. Visit her site for more, including rings made of chocolate.


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while this "Piece of Cake" ring is meant to resemble chocolate, it's actually made of lava (with pearl and silver). See Illinois-based Aleksandra Vali for more metalwork, including some gorgeous bells.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You know who may have some Aztec-inspired rings? Amelia May. In fact, I'm pretty certain she does. Visit the English jeweller for lots of geometric metal designs!


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Another jeweller with geometric rings inspired by ancient civilizations is Australia's Red Sky at Night (Georgia Howard).

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Monday, November 4, 2013

These sweeping chunks of wood may look like they're from Slope Point, New Zealand, but these rings were actually made from yew wood sourced at Grenadier Pond — halfway around the world from NZ in Toronto, home to jeweller Adrienne Stanton.


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For a very different style of wooden ring, check out this gold-dipped, teardrop-shaped piece by Hawaii's RockaBella Jewels (designer Kristel Bandisch).

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Five in a Flash for this Friday the first. First up: Costa Rican jeweller Fiorella Pattoni and her "absurdity of our society" cocktail ring.


Jockey ring by UK silversmith Rachel Elizabeth Wood.


"A choreography of oneness #2" by the Netherlands' Carolina Apolonia.


Kinetic arcs from UK silversmith Noel K. Micallef [whose site seems to have gone offline!].


Speckled ceramic from Porcelain and Stone (Massachusetts designer Kimberly Huestis).

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