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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Did you know the precise name for this type of level is "spirit level" because that tinted liquid is usually alcohol? Not because it does a spirited job of making sure things are even? Although I'm sure they're always very enthusiastic and team-oriented? Check out the "Balanced?" series by Israel's Judith Sitbon.


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Tape measure ring by the UK's Emily Margaret Hill.



Also admiring:

Wrenches necklace by Florida's Maite Iribaren.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I like how these rings don't just stack, they nest. Nesting is satisfying. Nesting has my endorsement. Check out North Carolina's Evidence Jewelry (Katie McGinnis) for more.


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Three-piece stacking friendship ring by Nevada's Anna Bee (Anna Swonetz).



Also admiring:

Nesting rings pendant by Illinois jeweller Carrie Fosbinder.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

For a bit of fun distraction, visit North Carolina's Shekhtwoman (Ola Shekhtman) and play a round of "name that skyline."


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Stackable "city skyline" rings by New York's B.L. Palum (Barry Palum).



Also admiring:

Skyline necklace by Tennessee's m.florita (Marrah Florita).

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fluid forms from LACE (L.A. architect Jenny Wu).


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Ring by the Netherlands' Atelier Merique (Mirjam Hullen).



Also admiring:

Brooch by Pennsylvania's Andie Winemiller.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Spain's Sandra Llusà.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Soft colours on rugged shapes, with just a touch of quirk: there's not a ton of photos but I love everything posted by New Zealand's Camille Walton (especially the earrings!).


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Chunky faceted pastel ring by Israel's OxanaPash (Oksana Pashkevich).



Also admiring:

Pastel wood earrings by Australia's Maclatchy (Rebecca Maclatchy).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One look and I knew these glossy chunks of resin were Italian! Check out Arkimia — especially the SS16 collection, full of resort-ready yellows and azures.


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"Dew drops" ring by Sharra Pagano, also of Italy.



Also admiring:

Resin bangles by Italy's no.nu (RajanTolomei).

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Monday, August 22, 2016

These "Nonsense" rings by Taiwan's Yun Yun Sun (a self-described "fashion icon and socialite") bring to mind those unfortunate "Asian" tattoos both procured and inked by the uninformed — you know, the ones where they think it says "wisdom" but it actually says "potato." Don't go looking for "Joy," because these rings actually say things like "I'm a shopaholic" and "Cut the crap"!


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"Back Off" sweetheart ring by California's Alisa Michelle.



Also admiring:

"Hello" pendant by Utah's Heidi Swapp, for Littefield Lane.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Rings from the "Pounding Memories" series, in which "the material goes through a severe trauma," resulting in jewellery that "makes you want to take a closer look through all the battled layers." Also, there is cat hair. Lots of cat hair. Visit Israel's Margut (Margarita Rudinshtein).


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Anvil-and- hammer ring by Israel's Itai Lustgarten.



Also admiring:

Anvil necklace by New York's Roxy Becofsky.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Germany's Thanh Truc Nguyen (I'm obsessed!).


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An achromatic assortment from Spanish jeweller Jordi Aparicio.


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Rings by German jeweller Anja Geiling.




Also admiring:

Porcelain "candy" necklace by Bulgaria's Yana Tankovska.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


When I came upon these rings, I happened to be listening to Speak's "Heavy Metal War" — an apt title and not a bad soundtrack for checking out the exciting jewellery of Ireland's Pierce Healy.


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Riveted ring by French jeweller Lucie Tales.



Also admiring:

Earrings by Delaware's Aryal Ames.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

It's not just knit leather — it's "pattern, rhythm, order, contrast." Check out Indiana's Brooke Marks-Swanson.


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"Bubble" rings by French jeweller Yannick Mur.



Also admiring:

Knit wire pendant by Poland's Frou Frou (Jolanta Gazda).

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Step 1: Build giant urban air purifier.

Step 2: Purify air.

Step 3: Gather smog.

Step 4: Compress smog.

Step 5: Make rings!

Read about the fantastic Smog Free Project by visiting its creator, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde.


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"Earth and Moon" ring by Maryland's Yūgen Tribe.



Also admiring:

Jewellery made of ocean debris by Hawaii's Nurdle in the Rough (Kathleen Crabill).

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Japan's Kohta Takahashi.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Five in a Flash: Simple, Right?
Above: ring by n+a new york (Japanese sisters Noriko and Akiko Sugawara).


"Kirea" cut-out ring by Germany's Mies Nobis.


"Archetype" ring by New York's Sun + Glory (Annie Rocchio).


Pip rings by Poland's Anna Ławska.


"Spectre" ring by Romania's Oval Oval.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cast from starfish and sharkteeth, inspired by fishscales and waves, these are the siren songs of North Carolina's Merewif, whose name comes from an Old English term for "sea witch."


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Mermaid ring by Spanish jeweller Susan Suell.




Also admiring:

Necklace by the UK's William Floyd Maclean.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Recycled skateboard rings by Chile's Rubrum.

They also do other jewellery and planters, so your fingers can match your windowsills!


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Skateboard ring by the UK's BoardThing, who also make herb grinders!



Also admiring:

Skateboard sunglasses by 7PLIS of France.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

To read the story behind these rings...

...and see a whole lot more, visit Denmark-based Lithuanian jeweller Egle Silko.


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Cloisonné enamel ring by Lithuania's Nikoloz Gamkhitashvili.



Also admiring:

Glass bubble necklace by Lithuania's Laura Daili.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Estonian artist Maria Valdma.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Worth blabbing about: Vancouver's Secret Wood.


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Wood and copper rings by New York's Fallon Wong.



Also admiring:

Driftwood necklace by Eliane Amalric of France.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

When it's too hot outside for your everyday chunky knuckleduster, you want this slim version in cool white porcelain.

Of course, the other rings are plenty cool, too. Check out New York's Ming Yu Wang (Jennifer Wang).


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More simple, chunky metal from Germany's Monomania.



Also admiring:

Porcelain pendant by Bulgaria's Velislava Bozhinova.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

I don't think I'd ever seen Japanese...

...Russian...

...and Inuit motifs all in the same place at once before I stumbled upon French jeweller Stéphanie Deydier.


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Japanese lacquer rings from Loto Subterra.




Also admiring:

Japanese meisen fabric bracelet by nuf design (Spain-based Yumi Kato).

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Check out the UK's Masako Hamaguchi for interesting shapes, colourful "plankton," Teflon rings and more!


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Eucalyptus pod ring by California's Ashley Mae Gall.



Also admiring:

Silk pods brooch by New York's Erin Shay Daily.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Czech artist Pavel Opočenský.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

These rings aren't merely colourful — they're very specifically colourful. As the graphic designers among you may have guessed, they're CMYK rings, by Polish product designer Hanna Litwinowicz.


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Colourful anodized aluminum by Ohio's Melissa Marie Woods.


Also admiring:

CMYK best friend necklaces by fun New Jersey artist Kate Gabrielle.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Drawing inspiration from "alpine meadows high up on mountain ranges" is Nova Scotia's Erin Christensen.


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More copper and silver from Emily Blair Doiron, also of Nova Scotia.


Also admiring:

"Emergence #8" in copper and wood by NC-based Joshua Mark Craig.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Some adorable porcelain from Japan's nonojiko (Noriko Nagata).


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Paper clay porcelain rings by Italy's Nicoletta Dal Vera.


Also admiring:

Porcelain necklace by Germany's Beate Pfefferkorn.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

If you think these are bold...

...you haven't seen the half of it. Don't delay — zip right over to visit Montenegrin designer Katarina Zlajic.


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Zipper ring by Maryland's Mélange.



Also admiring:

Zipper necklace by New York's Kate Cusack.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Hungary's Delacier (Dora Domokos).


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This...

...becomes this.

Just like these...

...become these. It's the "Magical Collapsibility" series from UK-based Hsin-Chi Hung.


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UK-based MyriamSOS (Myriam Soseilos) has a ring that expands into a bracelet!


Also admiring:

Collapsible sundial pendant from Switzerland's Meister.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rings from the "Mute" series by Mexico's Maria Mariscal (Gabriela Garcia).


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Crossed hands ring by Taiwan's Cpercent.



Also admiring:

Hand-holding-stone pendant by California's George Wilhelm.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Spain's Irina Rovira Farré explores the interplay of organic forms and geometric shapes as found in nature.


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The Ukraine's Sergey Zhernov displays a similar juxtaposition.


Also admiring:

Amethyst slice necklace by Ottawa's Strut Jewelry.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Ignore my way-off timing and just revel in the shiny stupendousness of these balloon-animal-esque Chinese zodiac rings by New York's Lauren X Khoo.


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Zodiac constellation rings from the UK's Jessie V E (Jessie Evans).



Also admiring:

Zodiac pendants from Modern Vienna Bronze, based on the works of Walter Bosse.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: Japan's 5108 (a Japanese pun for kotoba, "words").


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

These "Deco Alphabet" rings are just the thing for when you're in that vintage-Parisian-café-poster mood but don't want to commit to wearing a cloche. See more deco-inspired pieces by visiting London's Rachel Jackson.


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This ring by New York's 1-100 was inspired by that city's Art Deco architecture.



Also admiring:

Art Deco-inspired leather necklace by Spain's lulasays.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

See-no/hear-no/speak-no-evil lava skulls with crowns of thorns and snakes set in gold, sapphires and diamonds? This ring is going for it.

If you like jewellery with a lot of drama, you want Russia's Runa (Lilya Areifulina).


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Tiny skull rings by New York's Yuki Kuramitsu.



Also admiring:

Tiny skull studs by Australia's Breanna Lee Timmins.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

There are a lot of diamond- and emerald-cut metal rings out there (still a favourite style of mine) but emerald-cut pearls are much less common. Get these ones by visiting Toronto's Laurie Fleming, whose fluid jewellery is modern and classic all at once.


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Metal baguette ring by Edmonton's Hunt Amor (Amor Carandang & Chris Provins).


Also admiring:

"Yin Yang" by Liana Tomchesson of Texas.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

So. Many. Lines. And I love each and every one. Go check out New York's Jee Hye Kwon, who's inspired by the "skeletons" of buildings.


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Ring by Estonia's Irene Jürna.




Also admiring:

"Adamite Gem Drop" earrings by Oregon's Britlyn Simone.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: since I only mentioned this person in passing one time seven years ago when she had a different website, I'm making an exception and posting her again today — especially since I had the pleasure of viewing her work in person during a recent trip to Seattle. Hers were among my favourite pieces on display at Facèré Gallery, a small, wondrous space packed with artistic contemporary jewellery (a lot of which I've admired here before, which only added to the thrill). That's enough ado, so without any further, here's Texas artist Kat Cole.


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Illusion" rings by Georgia-based Qiuting Wang, inspired by city gardening! She writes, "With organic form breaking through the geometric structure, the work alludes to new growth extending from the body. The fabric acts as a casing but allows the viewer to see the seeds inside. From the outside there is order, but the interior shows difference in the same way personalities shine in an orderly city."


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Hydrangea cluster ring by Japan's Cocoon.




Also admiring:

Textile flower necklace by Japan's Sono Nitta.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"H-Pattern Rings" by Korean jewellery student Yeonjung Hong, whose "interest lies on creating adornments around the body conveying memories of mundane sceneries that are often neglected." Don't miss the rest of her portfolio!


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Another hollow brass ring from Illinois jeweller Aithō (Crystal Wells).



Also admiring:

Brass necklace by New York's Alexandra Lai.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Five in a Flash: Shades of Blue
Above: "Cielo Topazio" ring by California's Maddalena Bearzi.


"Pedera" ring by Spain's Alex de Haro.


Resin rings by UK fashion designer Charlotte Booty.


Ceramic ring by Israel's VIBceramics (Vered Israel-Bloom).


Anodized aluminum ring by the Ukraine's Julia Woll.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day! To help celebrate, here's Tehran-born Canadian jeweller Amir Sheikhvand with a few rings, plus a brooch to give you a taste of what other wonders you'll find when you visit his site.


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Ring by Montreal's Noëmie Simard-Dupuis.



Also admiring:

"Graffiti" earrings by BC's Paprika Design (Nina Turczyn).





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