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Thursday, May 28, 2015

L.A.'s Catherine Homans makes some interesting things. Some of them go on your fingers. Let's look at them.


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Some more crystal from San Francisco's Natasha Grasso.



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And still more from Ohio's Pluma Jewelry (Treffry Caldwell).

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"M A Y" is a very triangular word. The glyphs themselves contain at least eight triangles within them and the letters number three. But even May has been out-triangled by Greek jeweller Lito and her "Izel" collection.

Above, a sampling of her non-geometric work.


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Flattened pyramids ring by Italian designer Angelo Figus.



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"MAMA" is another triangular word. Necklaces by Louisiana's Mimosa (Madeline Ellis).

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I came across this artist a couple of years ago, but she didn't have a website at the time. I happened to check on her recently, and... it's all a blank after that because my head kaboomed.

Clear your mind of everything. All you need to know is UK jeweller Lili Colley. (If her site's not working, try her FB page, though it doesn't have quite the same impact!)


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More subdued neon (if such a thing exists) from Lunaticart Bijoux of France.



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Neon bracelets by Japan's Olager, which you're supposed to pronounce backwards, "Regalo."

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Monday, May 25, 2015

These rings remind me tissue slides. (From a biology lab, I mean, not, like, a giant Kleenex in a playground for kids to slide down.) The aptly-named "Cell" series is just one of several from Portugese jeweller Susana Teixeira.


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Ring from the "Microbes" collection by Montreal's Jessie Grêves.



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Petri dish necklace by California's Yucen Wavy Tang.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash, Made-of-Trees Edition: first up is Japan's moi. toi.


Nice shapes from Poland's Adam Kaczmarek.


Wood with crystals by the Ukraine's Abra Kadabra.


The UK's' Eddie Charles matches wood with silver and turquoise (the necklaces look especially good).


Painted chevrons from Australia's Miscii (Celeste Rautenbach).


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

These rings look like drawers packed with perfectly folded socks, arranged neatly in rows, all fresh, clean and properly matched. Aaah. Visit Japan's Chikako Yajima, queen of perfectly-pleated satin.


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Silk thread ring by UK-based Brazilian jeweller Julia Toledo.



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Kimono fabric pendant from Australia's Kimono Reincarnate (Melanie Gray Augustin).

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Turkish jeweller Burcu Sülek puts an end to the expression "soft as a sponge" with her hardened, pigmented sponge jewellery. "Pretty as a sponge," however, is now open for business.


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Sponge ring by Israel's Gala Jewelry (Galit Alfi).



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Soft foam necklaces from Northern Ireland's Maria Moodie.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love Carmen Berner's take on the beehive motif, from a collection which appears to be named after the German equivalent of the "catch more flies with honey..." idiom. (Personally, I think honey is wasted on flies. I mean, have you seen the cost of a good jar these days?)

Visit the German jeweller for translucent pods, plastic mesh and more.


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"Honeypop" ring with bees, inspired by ring pops, by Georgia's Kate Dowling.



Also admiring:

Honeycomb cuff by New York's Matte Berit Nyberg.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

That reminds me: I'm really overdue for a dental appointment. Brush your teeth well, then check out the cavernous works of Japan's Node by Kudo Shuji.


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More holes from Russian illustrator Igor Richkov.




Also admiring:

Pendant by Japan's Midori Makino.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Ever seen those artists who make "grown-up" versions of children's rudimentary drawings? In some vague way, these reminded me of those, so it's fitting that Australia's Annie Gobel made these rings out of plastic toys (along with resin and wood). Driven by an urge to "reconstruct the memory associations of toys into wearable," she creates "wearable pieces are the 'rewritten' version of [her] childhood memory." You didn't hear it from me but I especially love the necklaces.


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Bouncy ball ring by Georgia's Tricia Cookson.



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Teddy bear necklace by the UK's Jewellery FurKeeps (Anne Adkins).

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The return of the monocle is last year's news, old chap, but those aren't nearly as cool as what Chinese artist Honggang Lu has dreamed up with these "ring glasses"! Don't miss the rest of his portfolio, especially "Honggang Aegis Sky."


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Eyeglasses ring by Japanese eyewear shop Lunettes du Jura.



Also admiring:

Bike goggles pendant by Japan's eague (Yuji Ishii).

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Even the simplest, most basic shapes come out differently in the hands of different people — that's why I can never tire of jewellery. Cases in point: rings on the left by the UK's Rebecca Gladstone, in the middle by Ohio's OneSixFive and on the right by Colorado's Gem Blue (Krista Young).


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Missouri's Lateef Accessories has more simple, modern metal.



Also admiring:

Arc necklace by Oregon's Amy Olson.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I need a whole new sorting category just for this. I'm thinking... "tropical genius." For a dizzying parade of polymer clay sculpture, enter the world of Massachusetts artist Jeffrey Lloyd Dever.


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More bursting polymer clay from Joo, aka Greek jeweller Anna Gkika.




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Beautifully bright polymer clay from Sara Amrhein, based in Italy.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

I'm a sucker for this sort of thing: rings that only tell the complete story when stacked together. To see more, visit Oberon Jewellery (UK jeweller Sarah Brook-Hayes).


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A very different kind of stacking from Israel's Galy Shwartz.




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There's always a story in the metalwork of USVI-based Kim Nogueira.

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Friday, May 8, 2015


More times than I care to recall, I've waited on a site that was "coming soon" to actually come, only to have it expire and languish into parked domain purgatory. Well, fool me once, something something, so here's Turkish jeweller Aisegul Telli and her gorgeous coral rings. While we wait for her full site, there's other links there to explore.


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Find coral and other beach-themed jewellery at Hawaii's Tidepool Love.



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Lots of nice coral-like polymer clay from Oregon's Marisa Messick.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

This ring made me think of giant bubbles travelling up a straw, but the actual title is much more apt: it's from the "Liquid Lace" collection by Kristyn Don. Visit the Albert artist for lots of nice glasswork.


Here's Chicago's Christina Rose with some similar-but-different pieces. If you love quartz, you'll want to go to there.


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The multifinger quartz party doesn't stop there. Get more from Calgary's Kate Hewko.



Also admiring:

Stunning works in glass, silver and rubber from Italy's Federica Sala.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From rings whose textures were cast in people's homes to found photos and secret messages, Thank You Shanna (Australia's Shanna Muston) is all about domesticity, nostalgia and sentimentality. I especially like what she does with old floorboards — go take a look!


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Speaking of domestic, here's a chaise longue ring by the UK's J&C Martin.




Also admiring:

See how Australia's Bridgette Shepherd was inspired by memories of her grandparents.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

If you happen to love fidgeting, xylophones and superstitions (and who among us doesn't?), you'll want to meet Australia's Judith Torzillo. Her kinetic "Knock on Wood" rings allow you to do just that, with the help of some brass components. She has videos of the rings in action so go check them out!


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Some simpler brass from Oregon's Cradle Jewelry.




Also admiring:

"Lucky Me" necklace by Seattle's MFrances Jewelry (Mary Conzatti).

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Via her "Copy of a Copy" and "Reshuffle" series, Georgia-based Jennifer Lee Hallsey explores "concepts of authenticity and aura, value, degradation and entropy."

But I totally buried the lede: her tattoo!


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Tattoo swallow ring by PinK'n Pop of France.




Also admiring:

Metallic jewellery tattoos by Skin Jewels, also of France.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Let's end the week and start the month with an organic silver edition of Five in a Flash. Above: UK jeweller Ellis Mhairi Cameron's rings, inspired by the Scottish landscape.


Also inspired by landscapes is English jeweller Daisy Lee-Overton.


"Wrapped Rings" in silver, plastic and patinated copper, by the UK's Morna Darling.


Bubbles, branches and barnacles from Maryland's Kajs (Karin Karlsson).


Rings by Israeli jeweller Molikan (Hagit Molikandov), "inspired by nature."


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Can't you just smell the charcoal? These Japanese Veggie Rings make me want to get in the backyard and fire up the grill! They're wearable, colourful slices of summer.



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Broken china strawberry ring from Marooned Jewelry, based in the U.S. Virgin Islands.



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More summery fare from the UK's VelvetVolcano (Tamsyn Martin).

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We're thiiiis close to the end of the month.

(I appreciate the crook detail in the back of the fingers, too.) For more, including a cool grapsing-hands cuff, visit Chicago's Morgan Reed.



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"Finger Rockers" by Nono Muaks, based in Brussels, Berlin and Beijing.



Also admiring:

Hands and feet necklace by Italy's Francesca Urciuoli.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

There is a significant, perplexing scarcity of hydrangeas in the realm of flower jewellery. Roses, daisies and sundry nondescript five-petal figures are common but, for some reason, not the lovely hydrangea. Helping to remedy that situation is Hong Kong's A.G.F.C. Accessories.



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Resin ring with embedded hydrangeas by Italy's REDbold.




Also admiring:

Hydrangea earrings by Japan's Nature House.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Some gorgeous sculptural work from Finland's Chao-Hsien Kuo, who you may also know as half of duo Chao & Eero.



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More botanical matte silver from the Netherlands' Eva DeCarlo.



Also admiring:

Leaf pendant in metal lace by Israel's Inbar Shahak.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dollies and their dresses: "Trapped" ring by Georgia-based Carla Farfan...

...and more from Japan's Ahcahcum Muchacha.



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"Charming Eye" ring by Greek jeweller Dolly Boucoyannis.



Also admiring:

Anime doll cluster necklace by Japan's MeMe (Yukari Nakagawa).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some nice spores, pods and oxidation from Anna Fatovich of Greece.



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Find lots more organic metal at New York-based Ariko Jewelry (Yuko Matsumura).



Also admiring:

Seed pod necklace by California's Jewelry by Naomi (Naomi Tratar).

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Simple and loopy: qualities that don't make for the sharpest person, but that do make for great rings. Check out the UK's Dorota Todd.



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More loopy rings from the UK's Jo Lavelle.



Also admiring:

Cloud necklace by Oregon's Loop Jewelry (Lauren Greenwalt).

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Though I'm able to eat chicken eggs, quail eggs absolutely creep me out. I can't explain it. Perhaps the problem is that they keep being presented as something to eat rather than something to wear, like these resin cuties From the designer behind Japan's Yumemeland.



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This desert rose ring resembles a stack of broken eggshells! By Montreal's Evelyne b.



Also admiring:

Bacon, eggs & toast earrings, in glass, by Seattle's Jessica Landau.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

These charming little rings aren't just a series of cubes and pyramids.

They're little skylines! The non-rings are equally charming, so go check out the whole collection from Italy's Gi (Ginevra Dondina).



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More geometry from the UK's Joli Joli Jewellery.



Also admiring:

Little cubes from Belgium's Dominique Lietaert.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

We're already more than halfway through April. As I ponder, uncomfortably, the quickening sands of time, enjoy the "Passing" series by Chinese artst Xin Liu (currently an MFA candidate at RISD). To fully appreciate these rings — which bring to mind Tibetan sand painting — you must check out the quick video.



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Pink sand-in-resin ring by Bermuda's La Garza Bermuda (Tara Cassidy).



Also admiring:

"Decreasing Moments" from "Slipping Time" by Belgium's An Jonckers.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Going traditional today, with the classic "fine gems and gold" routine, but the results here are not at all ordinary. I was immediately struck by the gorgeous colours of these stones so it was no surprise to read this in the designer's bio:

Brooke hand selects specific gemstones for their outstanding beauty and soul. For Brooke, a perfect stone also has to evoke an emotional reaction. Her well developed eye and search for stones with special qualities often reveals overlooked gems whose depth of color and unique characteristics attract the intuitive wearer.

To see the collection, visit L.A.-born, London-based Brooke Gregson.



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Aquamarine + mini-diamond ring by Japan's Cahier.



Also admiring:

Pretty amethyst stud by Japan's Bororo (Akiko Akachi).

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I don't know if there's a single word to describe this fluted, radial, star-polygonal style, but I love the distinctive look that the UK's Flora Bhattachary has developed in her jewellery. (Anyone else have a sudden craving for Bundt cake?)



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More fluting in this ruins-inspired pillar ring by COMPLETEDWORKS (UK siblings Anna & Mark Jewsbury).



Also admiring:

Bundt cake necklace by Austria's Pioline (Pia Zonsits).

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This ring accurately reflects my feelings about it, key word being "reflect." The text is in reverse because it's a rubber stamp! So. Cute.

Get your own stempelring from Germany's KIZZU.



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More stamp rings from California's Matters of Delight (formerly Plastique).



Also admiring:

Ceramic "Stamped & Sealed" pendants by the Netherlands' Kiki van Eijk.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

You don't have to give up grains to go paleo — just pick up some of these bone and "modern primitive" rings by the UK's Rachel Entwistle.



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More modern primitive styles from French jeweller Pascale Monvoisin.



Also admiring:

Skull-and-arrow pendant by Elkin (London's Eliisa Makin).

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Taiwanese artist Ching-Chih Wu creates beautiful "micro sculptures" with a focus on enamel. If you like cellular, organic forms and pretty objects, you know what to do.



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A row of enamelled and gold-plated poppies from Greek jeweller Emmanuela Alevizopoulou.



Also admiring:

More organic enamel from Virginia's Carli Holcomb.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

These rings are impressive. Literally. In Belgian jeweller Kaat De Groef's own words: "Instead of making a print in sealing-wax, these signet rings make a print directly into the skin of the wearer, as an identification of the jewellery designer."



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Mermaid signet ring by LHN Jewelry (New York-based Brit Lewis Williams).



Also admiring:

Pendants with matching signet rings by the UK's Effra.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

These rings rule...

...by any measure. Check out Paris-based Peruvian designer Diego Delgado-Elias.



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Brass ruler ring by Vermont's Rackk and Ruin (Molly Conant).



Also admiring:

Brooch with measuring tape by UK enamelist Ashley Heminway.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I own a pair of Kyoko Hashimoto earrings and even that's small consolation for the fact that I don't own any of her punchy rings. The Australian jeweller combines brass (both powder-coated and not) with polyurethane drops to make these "Double Scoop" rings.



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Prefer single scoop, with toppings? Ice cream ring by Japan's Teatime in a Birdcage.



Also admiring:

Iced cookie pendants by Japan's Jardim (Marina Ishii).

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Monday, April 6, 2015

These rings are made of Corian, which is often used in kitchen decor, which makes me think of home renovations, which reminds me of the drywall fiasco I've been enduring for three weeks, which makes me want to pull a George Michael. "Way to make it about you, Alice!" the UK's Sophie Thomas might say.



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Clear, non-Corian acrylic from Polish jeweller Ela Piętak.



Also admiring:

Colourful acrylic from Japan's 4ma4ma ("ShimaShima").

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Friday, April 3, 2015


Even a corrupt figure skating judge would have to give these rings a 237.61 (or whatever a perfect score is under that new points system). For more, visit Pennsylvania's Peter Antor, whose work "embraces [his] passion for architecture and jewelry."



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Architectural house ring by Toronto's VenusVelvet (Carolyn Jankovskis).



Also admiring:

Architectural plaster brooches by the UK's Abbie Williams.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

I can't believe I lived during a time when a storage capacity of 1.44MB was actually useful. Nowadays? Those floppy disks are good for one thing only: making rings. Check out these recycled disk and plexiglas rings by Belgium's Ilke Matthys!


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Go back even further to the Iron Age with these rings from Vivasmith (Toronto's Deborah Vivas).



Also admiring:

Disc pendant by Oregon's McKenzie Mendel.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Go for the monochrome.

But stay for the spectrum.

Whether you prefer the stark palette of the "Citi;zen" Corian rings or the range of hues in their other collections, there's tons to love when it comes to Lithuania's OkiikO (graphic designer Laura Tulaite and architect Eivaras Rastaukas).


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Rings lined on the inside in black-and-white or colour, by Japan's Makoto Tojiki.



Also admiring:

More black, white and colour from Australia's Kristen Nicole.





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