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Friday, May 26, 2017

Rhode Island's Toby Milgrim repurposes a highly common object and makes it look cool and modern. Know what it is?


Does this help?


Write on. It's pens.


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Pencil shaving ring by Spain's Luz Camino.


Also admiring:

Vintage pen nib earrings from UK calligraphy shop Penman Direct.

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Thursday, May 25, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Estonia's Linda al-Assi.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The clean angles and lines of Japan's Luxu (Yuka Tanaka).


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"Blueprint" metal diamond rings by California's Neutra.


Also admiring:

Rose gold diamond-shaped earrings by Greek jeweller Bijou Box.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

From halfasaurases...

...to barnacles, botanicals, UFO onigiri (you'll have to see for yourself) and a certain republican also-ran, check out Seattle's Nina Matsumoto. (No relation. I mean, I am related to a Nina Matsumoto. Just not this one.)


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"Little Fred the Dinosaur" ring by California's Lady Cromer (April Cromer).


Also admiring:

Brontosaurus necklace by Maine's Turtle Love Co.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

When I read about the inspiration behind this "strength" ring, it made so much sense. And I had so much sympathy. Visit Georgia-based Floridian Cassidy Terry for various metalwork, including this series inspired by — ouch — chronic knee pain.


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Painful looking spike ring by Estonia's Merle Kasonen.


Also admiring:

Cosmetic "Surgery Junkies" series by the UK's Maryam Eftekhar Dadkhah.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Georgia-based Chuzhan Du "has an inseparable relationship with her Chinese heritage" and "uses the fragments from found objects in her work to convey emotional attachment and as metaphor to interpret the perception of memory."

Don't miss her porcelain pieces, which are some of the nicest fragment jewellery I've seen.


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Porcelain ring by Zhou Yiyan of France.


Also admiring:

Porcelain cuff by Australia's Ichimu (Fiona McDonald).

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Thursday, May 18, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: California's COZO.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Germany's Anja Schneeweiss is inspired by math and science; the ring above is from the microscopy-inspired collection "Mikrostruktur."

And she's also inspired by whales! Check out her site for Penrose tiling, Italian roof tiling, and more (some of which are on the German portion of her site only).


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Cellular "Gossamer" ring by Ireland's Elena Brennan.


Also admiring:

"Neurofibrillary Tangles" necklace by Spain's Neuro Jewelry (Professor Bernardo Castellano).

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Germany's Attinello (Jana Voll) is about "time as creator" — the rings are visualizations of moments in time. Visit the site for more.


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Personalized date ring by Toronto's Dream Willow Studio.


Also admiring:

"Time Past" necklace by Toronto's Silver by Smith (Ron Smith).

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Raw, electroformed gems by Washington state jeweller Jeana Rushton, aka The Fox and Stone, a world traveller inspired by "raw, unkempt pieces of earth."


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Raw tourmaline ring by Oregon's Wallis Reid.


Also admiring:

Raw tourmaline necklace by Brazil's Sandra Manin Frias.

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Friday, May 12, 2017


I can't quite put my finger on it but there's just something super fun about the work of New York-based Sena Huh. Do yourself a favour and check out her entire gallery!


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Hand rings from South Korea's BK & JIO.


Also admiring:

Ceramic fingers necklace by Montreal's Stéphanie Goyer-Morin.

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Thursday, May 11, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: the UK's Ching-Hui Yang.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Different shades and shapes of silver from Croatia's ZiZou Jewelry (Zdravka Radić).


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Square ring with oxidized centre by California's Christy Natsumi.


Also admiring:

Coiled & oxidized earrings by Massachusetts' Melle Finelli.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Scarab beetles...

...muskrat teeth...

...and mouse spines: all in a day's work for New Jersey-based Luci Jockel. If you're not squeamish about bumblebees strung up like pearls on a necklace, cicada shell pins or "lace" made from hundreds of bee wings, this artist is a must-see!


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"Lucky Lucane" beetle ring by French jeweller Sylvie Corbelin.


Also admiring:

Scarab necklace by Israel's ByYaeli (Yael Donenfeld).

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Monday, May 8, 2017

This ring merely hints at what you'll see if you visit Spain's Li Jewels, who's all about graphic, cut out metal and porcelain.


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Speaking of rings with cutouts, here's one from the UK's Marina Skia.


Also admiring:

Hand-pierced pendant by Australia's Kate Case.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Acrylic is my ASMR trigger. Today's tingles brought to you by Poland's H-II Jewellery.


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Plexiglas (and bamboo) rings by Belgium's Kono & Orca (Joyce Stijnen).


Also admiring:

Ombre perspex bangle by fabulous UK fashion designer Kitty Joseph.

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Thursday, May 4, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Pennsylvania's Jillian Matthews.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Although I gravitated toward the few coloured pieces, Argentinian jeweller Cecilia Pont's resin collection features mostly neutral tones of black, white and brown — all in nice, faceted chunks.


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Faceted silver ring by Israel's MERCe (Mercedes Gazzano Ashkenazi).


Also admiring:

Faceted ceramic earrings by Vancouver-based Slade Goods (Carly Slade & Meghan Mousouliotis).

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lithuania's Mellow Wear (Melita Rus) isn't concerned with "the number of the carats" but with building lasting experiences. Visit her site to check out the full range.


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Silver wrench ring by Florida's Evyral.


Also admiring:

Wrench earrings from California's Enchanted Leaves.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

What's the difference between these rings and clouds? Clouds have silver linings — these are lined with wood.

Check out Argentina's Rösler for sleek bands in titanium, concrete, Corian, wood and more.


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Colour-lined titanium bands by Massachusetts' Romas Banaitis.


Also admiring:

Titanium pendant by Toronto's Grey Metal Designs, not to be confused with Gray Metal.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

French artist Marion Delarue's "Mania" ring was inspired by her time in Korea, where she observed classmates' "habits of playing with their hair fringes."

But that's not the only body part that's inspired her. Visit her site for much more.


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Gold eye ring by Israel's Born from Rock.


Also admiring:

Hair as jewellery by China's Danqing Li.

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Thursday, April 27, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Spain's Montserrat Lacomba.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From a ring covered in dots — entirely by hand — to pinched rings made from a single sheet of silver, Germany's Christian Bürger is all about manipulating metal any way he can.


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For a ring with dots poking out, not in, see BC's Yutal Jewelry Fusion.



Also admiring:

Dotty pendant by Texas jeweller Koren LeClair.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contemporary leather and cork from Bulgaria's Modo (Mira Djambazka).


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Silver leather disc ring by Vancouver's Surond.



Also admiring:

Pretty leather & metal from French jeweller Fosseth.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Saved by the... ring? Prototypes for Avassa personal safety smart rings by Brazilian born, Berlin-based product designer Ana Dantas.


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Personal safety alarm ring by New York's Siren.


Also admiring:

"Athena" safety jewellery by Pennsylvania's Roar.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

A glimpse into the making...

...of these Corian rings by Estonia's Viktorija Domarkaite.


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The making of a horn ring by BC's Stephanie Ferguson.


Also admiring:

Upcycled Corian dahlia pendant by Florida's Mark Noll.

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Thursday, April 20, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: India's Material Immaterial.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

True black and synthetic diamonds from Masonara, founded by two Russian designers living in Thailand.


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Carbon and diamond rings from Denmark's C6 (Anne Cohen).



Also admiring:

"Dark Opulence" from Singapore's Ariel. C, inspired by oil spills.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The combo of resin and wood is having a moment. Today's is brought to you by Brazil's Tanile Maria.


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More from Russia's Geppetto Jewelry.



Also admiring:

Pencil crayon earrings by Quebec's Isabelle Lamontagne.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

This isn't the first teapot ring we've seen, but it could be the first one that's fully functional — and that comes with a miniature teabag!

All metalwork above by Rhode Island's Rebecca Schena.


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Mad Hatter tea party ring by Ça perle et papote! of France.


Also admiring:

"Tea for Two" necklaces by New Jersey's Molly Glitz.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

On a walk along the water last weekend, we encountered a man making giant bubbles with a large string wand. And watching angrily as they floated away was a feisty pre-school aged girl, head tilted skyward, yelling that she wanted to burst one with her hands. I think she would like these rings by Japan's Michi Suzuki (but I wouldn't trust her with them).


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"Seafoam" ring by Seattle's Lolide (Lori Linkous Devine).


Also admiring:

"Penumbra" by New York's Gotham Atelier (E. Andrea Shiman).

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Thursday, April 13, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Japan's Tashizan + Note (Tomoe Jogo).


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Five in a Flash: Twice as Nice
Above: "Colourfull [sic] Geometry" two-finger ring by Hungary's Natalia Antunovity.


"Til Death Do Us Part" (with hand-carved antler) by L.A.'s Monica Seggos.


Wearable health tracker ring by New York product designer Jordan Wu.


Half skull ring by Quebec's Mathieu Roy.


"Harwood" ring by Vancouver's Sorrel & Trace (Sage MacGillivray).


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How meta.

Making rings is no skin off her back — or her finger. Check out the "Human" series from Slovenia's Aleksandra Atanasovski, featuring silver imprinted with a familiar organ.


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Anatomical heart ring by Montreal's Lost Apostle.


Also admiring:

"DuoSkin" temporary tattoo interface cuffs from Taiwanese engineer Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Organic shapes and carved textures from Portugal-based Brazilian jeweller Juliana Bezerra — and I want every single piece.


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Tons more organic silver from Belgium's Katrien Cambré.


Also admiring:

Organic silver necklace by Sweden's Klara Brynge.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

These bright, blooming "I'm Here" rings are like springtime announcing itself. Japan's Asami Watanabe made them out of straws, but she also works with resin, metal and more.


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Silver-plated plastic straw ring by well-known Dutch designer Gijs Bakker.


Also admiring:

Plastic straw hives by Norway's Åse-Marit Thorbjørnsrud.

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Thursday, April 6, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: New York's Sang A (Sang A Im-Propp).


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It's not déjà vu — not exactly, anyway. These cotton candy rings are brought to us by Paul et Martin, a collaboration between the aforementioned Martijntje Cornelia (Martine Poot) and German jeweller Sybille Paulsen, who works with hair (and whose solo work is well worth visiting, as well!).


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Horse hair rings by Germany's Silberschweif (Karin Erichsen).


Also admiring:

Ponytail necklace by Israel's Mizyan (Hanan Massalha).

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

At the UK's Ruby Spirit Designs, "vintage images, ephemera and broken treasures are salvaged and repurposed to form a quirky, wearable collection."


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Japan's Ivy makes pretty pieces that look like vintage heirlooms.


Also admiring:

The UK's Susan Caplan sells both her own line and designer vintage.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

From Castanea sativa to Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Slovenian jeweller Maja Licul's rings aren't merely inspired by "plants" — they're specific in their inspiration. Species-ific, if you will.


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Live grass ring by Australia's Clare Poppi.


Also admiring:

Sprouting seeds brooch by Australia's Fiona Lu.





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