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May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

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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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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.

Even more jewellery:

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

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Monday, May 27, 2013

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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Friday, May 24, 2013

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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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


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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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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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Monday, May 20, 2013

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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Friday, May 17, 2013

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.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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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Monday, May 13, 2013

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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Friday, May 10, 2013


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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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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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Monday, May 6, 2013

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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Friday, May 3, 2013

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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Thursday, May 2, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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.

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