Blog > March 2007
Modern and minimal, these "colorpuncture" rings are perfectly named. By Denmark's Mette Laier Henriksen, silver and plexiglass, €150 each.
Ok, I should've seen this coming. Not 24 hours after posting that plastic straw jewellery on Monday, what do I find but more incredible jewellery made from plastic drinking straws even the bendy ones! The genius this time around is Glasgow's Suilven Plazalska. Since things happen in threes (John Allen Paulos would be so disappointed), it's only a matter of time before I find another person who puts jewellery before drinking.
And, because I don't see any rings on Suilven's site, I now direct you to New Yorker Noah Landow and his tiny thumbnails.
I was sure I'd showcased this ring before... but that certainly wouldn't be the first time I'd lost my mind! UK designer Alice Highet combines and contrasts silver with lightweight plastic to create airy pieces of joy. My favourite is her "helicopter" series, inspired by those winged sycamore leaves just like the ones you used to spin into the air as a child, at least if you lived in the northern temperate geographical zone. Pictured above: "leaf wrap" (one off) and "kimono ring" (£100).
Tarantulastic! Check out the striking acrylic jewellery of London-based Marlene McKibbin. (Do I even need to say it? Yes, she's an RCA grad.)
Bonus link: I mentioned Germany's Barbara Schmidt exactly one year ago, but this time I'm linking to her own website. Her postcard rings and ring books are definitely worth a look!
Take a good, long look and guess what those mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic rings are made of. Those colourful arrangements aren't merely plastic they're drinking straws! My gob is so smacked right now. Turkey's Burcu Büyükünal also works in resin (bottom left), polyester (bottom center) and traditional metalwork (bottom right), though never with traditional results. (Drinking straws, people!)
The skies are grey but the cherry blossoms around here are finally blooming, it being officially (if not weather-ly) springtime. If your area is still in a deep freeze, cheer up with a sakura ring from Tampa's LeeLoo Studio. SCAD grad Lisa Wigger is influenced by the mathematics found in nature an influence that's apparent in the repetitive patterns of her designs. Well, that, plus she has a collection named "Fibonacci." See, I can put two and two together, just like a real mathematician! (Side note of nerdiness: aside from popularizing but not inventing the Fibonacci sequence, he was the one responsible for bringing Arabic numbers to Europe, displacing Roman numerals.)
I can't wait to post Monday's link, which has jumped my long queue because the designer is a new favourite! See you on the other side of the weekend!
A different kind of tortoiseshell from British jeweller Sarah Sheridan, whose "Tortuga" line of turtle-skin designs is currently 20% off. The sleek pieces above range from £74.40 to £92.80 on sale (blackened pieces only).
Speaking of sales, there's a huge one going on at Frosting (mmm, frosting) all rings (and all jewellery, in fact) is 50% off. Half price! Think of all the cash you'll have left over for cupcakes!
Tourmaline stones caught in chunky platinum nets? That's my kind of fishing. Glasgow's Georgia Wiseman displays her interest in rhythmical arrangement, perspective and symmetry with these arresting metal structures.
Like I said, bunnies are the new birds. Nevermind that this one is of the roadkill variety as in roadkillroadkill.com, website of former Calgarian and now Montrealer Elaine Ho. She's also got a "mushrooms + rabbits" ring (I guess rabbit cannot live on carrots alone), a fabulous antler necklace, robot pendants and more.
Move over, bird rings, there's a new animal in town! Bunny ring by Fayetteville, Georgia's Cuyler Hovey-King, who, uh, also makes bird rings. Her birds (and other pieces) are some of the best I've seen, though, so be sure to check out her gallery. The sterling bunny is available for purchase at Shop SCAD, US$85.
For the discriminating serial killer at heart: a pair of stark, brushed silver rings decorated with human skin (left) and fingernail clippings (right). I'm slowly realizing that blogging about jewellery is not for the squeamish. Rings by Princeton, New Jersey's Sarah Dunbar Rhodes, a RISD grad, whose earrings I adore.
Every time I think I've posted my last skull ring, another interesting one (or three) comes along. It's like trying to eat just one potato chip not gonna happen. So, without further ado (not, as I see sometimes, "further adieu"), here is Driftwood. Working out of New York, Japanese sculptor Hiroshi Kure and partner Chie Nakai produce "ancient ape-man" skull rings using resin that looks and feels like driftwood (invented by them and patent-pending). They also work in silver and enamel, as pictured above. Check out their leather knot rings and other accessories, too. And pass the potato chips.
An array of contemporary jewellery from the Dan-Ginza Gallery in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district.
Bonus link: I can't believe it's been four years since I wrote about New York glass artist Jane D'Arensbourg and her awesome pyrex jewellery. She now offers metal rings based on her glass designs, available at auto, another shop that kindly keeps me out of debt by not shipping to Canada. Whew.
The Japanese say, "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down." But The Carrotbox says, "the ring that sticks out gets hammered ...with attention!" Minki Mex ring by Kari Flo, £195, made to order in your choice of size and finish. Available at UK web shop Rockett St George.
I've had Sarah Chilton bookmarked for months but never got around to writing about her work because, frankly, my mind comes to a complete blank when I look at her rings. It's not that I don't think they're awesome (they "clearly" are, har har). I gaze at those frozen figures and my own brain starts to feel like it's frozen in resin. I think it's that penguin he has some kind of hypnotic effect on me, floating there in suspended animation, all tiny-like. Check out her "Little Chicago" gallery to view the rings as worn by beer-drinking men and other Chicagoans.
Now living in Paris, Montreal-raised Esty Grossman creates whimsical jewellery with botanical (think lilies and seedpods) and aquatic (think starfish and regular fish) themes. Pictured above, clockwise from top left: "Spring," silver and oxidized silver springs, €950; "Anemone," solid silver with moving parts, €1,100; "Crab," unisex ring/pendant, €750; and "Trapped," spinning silver ring, €950.
Celebrity clients, appearances in Vogue, sales at Bergdorf's and a Manhattan address Kara Ross is the quintessential New York luxury jeweller. Sit patiently through her scrolling gallery and you'll see a parade of glam pieces featuring just the kind of drool-worthy hunks of stone you'd expect from a certified gemologist. (Which she is.)
Well. These rings kind of speak shout for themselves, don't you think? Bold and colourful is how it goes at Germany's Garzareck & Todorov (specifically, the duo of German Kirsten Garzareck and Bulgarian Stefan Todorov).
"Art lies hidden within nature." Those are about the only words you'll find on the website of Australian metalsmith Marian Hosking, currently studio coordinator in the metals and jewellery department at Monash University, where she is undertaking a Ph.D. She proves this statement with her series of gorgeous rings, chains and brooches, all influenced by natural specimens (like the mussel ring, above left).
Vienna's Max Grün calls himself the Ring-King. Well, I certainly wish him better luck than certain previous members of the Austrian monarchy.
More flowers and butterflies, this time from California's Carrie Weston (she of the famous sandwich ring). Her graphic design background manifests itself in the simplified shapes of her silver and gold jewellery.
It's March! If I post enough flowers and butterflies, do you think spring will come early? Let's give it a try:
Above, left: "roof garden" ring, paint, plastic and oxidized silver; right: "volo a quattro" ring, 18k gold, iron and baroque pearl. Both by Austrian jeweller Agnes-Maria Hagg, created while a student at Italy's Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School.