Blog > April 2007
Australia is a hotspot for chunky resin jewellery and Anita McGoldrick-Ford is among the reasons why. Colourful, organic and non-metal, her pieces hit the trifecta of perfection in my eyes! Ring prices range from AUD$49 to AUD$99.
|Bonus link: wool ring by Gabriela Horvat of Buenos Aires, Argentina. On her site, hover over the necklace and click on "lines" to see her awesome collections.|
If Ticketmaster wants to add a $5 service charge to my $20 ticket, they can at least make the ticket a memorable keepsake, right? Too bad the company isn't run by Massachusetts artist Alyssa Dee Krauss, who designed these old-style ticket rings. (p.s. - Her text series is a must-see.)
|Bonus link: you can't eat it, but at least you can wear the chocolate, cake and candy pieces at French website Lupin Lapin. This bonbon ring is €16.|
Though the shapes couldn't be simpler, these rings are clearly the result of an artful and deliberate design. It's the mark of exquisite craftsmanship specifically, that of Brisbane, Australia's Ari Athans (aka Ari Jewellery), who describes her work as "devastatingly simple." Devastation never looked so good.
|Bonus link: the UK's Kate Tilt is another jeweller who specializes in clean, modern metalsmithing.|
So, where was the jewellery chapter in math class when *I* was in school? In a bid to create jewellery using a mathematical formula, Dinie Besems used the Delaunay-Voronoi tessellation algorithm (which describes figures like this) to create intricately webbed rings like the ones above. The navigation on her site is an adventure in itself, so here's a direct link if you want to view them all (scroll to the bottom). Just don't expect to see more jewellery coming from this Dutch artist she's declared that she's "said everything she wanted to say in jewellery" and is done with it. I understand tessellation algorithms have that effect on me, too.
|Bonus link: magnifying glass ring by French artist Yannick Monchanin.|
You know I love organic design, but that doesn't mean I can't go ga-ga over a pair of sleek, glossy, facet-cut chunks like these onyx and turquoise beauties from Asha by ADM. New York designer Ashley Dodgen-McCormick is influenced by architectural motifs seen during her travels abroad which would explain why these are her "India" rings and not her "Motel 6, Route 55" rings.
|Bonus link: for sleek rings of a different sort, see the work of Minneapolis-based Karin Jacobson Design.|
If you enjoy cutting along dotted lines, today's your lucky day. Sarah Kate Burgess shares several patterns for do-it-yourself rings made of good ol' paper (or whatever material you choose). Just download the PDFs, follow the directions, and voilà you've got a miniature IKEA Expedit bookcase on your finger! See also her "cup as ring" series, which remind me of the Silke Fleischer tea cup rings I mentioned last May.
|Bonus link: cabochons and anodized aluminum are the colour-source for the bright and playful pieces at DC's Mann Made Designs.|
Here's a one-carat diamond ring... made of porcelain. From the "Stone Magic" collection by Daisy Choi of Day C, based in London. See her "Diamond Temptation" series for another playful take on the diamond ring and her "Best Before" series for more eggs than Sunday brunch.
Can't talk, in a tizzy! I'm all swirly for the work of Australia's Bridget Kennedy, who left the world of finance and IT to join the world of the pretty.
|Bonus link: these organic silver rings are from the "sola" collection of New York's Joy Cutler.|
Surfing Japanese webshop marutee's, I assumed that these rings were, you know, Japanese. But no! There's an M. Night Shyamalanian twist, minus the eyerolling! These dainty pieces are actually from would you have guessed it? Bali. Indonesian designers nanan break the stereotypical image of Bali silver, that of intricate details set against blackened metal (like this). The hand-modelled ball rings are ¥3,600; everything else is ¥3,500 (roughly US$30).
|Bonus link: silver "Memoria" rings wrapped in colourful silk threads by London's Very Garcia, £65. View all their work for examples of nice, modern metalsmithing.|
Never have I looked at jewellery and thought, "Now that's what you wear to a Naomi Klein book-signing." Until now. Barcode rings by Briton Pippa Knowles.
|Bonus link: see lots of pretty waterlilies by Angelo Gianni at his site, Not Simply Silver. Originally from Sicily, he now lives in London.|
Of course, after explaining my bangle woes yesterday, the reverse happens today: I was sure these etched metal pieces were cuffs, but they're not. They're copper alloy rings by New Zealand's Joanna Campbell. Texturized metal is her thing, whether it be floral and lacey (as pictured above) or brushed and weathered. I've also displayed her ruler rings for good "measure" (sorry).
|Bonus link: see the Ocean Glass website for a much better photo of these striped rings by Cornwall glass artist David Pascoe.|
Bangles are my nemeses. Too often, I'll find what I think is a gorgeous ring ("woo!"), only to realize it's actually meant for arms ("foiled"). New York's Pono, then, is pretty much my arch-nemesis, except that I can't help but admire their amazing array of chunky designs. Also, they do make rings, so they can't be pure evil. [Update: Pono rings are now available to purchase here!]
|Bonus link: Louise Bryan of Marmalade makes PVC jewellery and accessories in a variety of prints and colours including this tube ring, £10.|
Things I don't like: the word "legume" and the taste of string beans. Things I do like: these silver and coloured porcelain bean rings by Katrin Jaeger, a German graduate of London's RCA.
|Bonus link: find lots of matte, texturized silver and gold in modern shapes by Denmark's Lisbeth Dauv, who also works with metal mesh.|
Well, so much for the bunny ring trend. I tried, but this porcelain birdie BROKE ME. "Magic Forest" ring from the Re-Cyclos collection at Lladro, US$125.
|Bonus link: "red overlap" ring in silver and dyed Italian plastic, £60, by Irish jeweller Orla Havlin. See her site for non-plastic pieces as well!|
Canadian Andrée Wejsmann keeps your fingers warm and toasty with these mohair mini sweaters. Visit her site to see more miniatures, mainly in the form of furniture-shaped brooches.
|Bonus link: Russian graphic designer Sasha Zhitneva also works in glass; this piece was cast in a mold, then carved and hand-polished.|
On a website with a generic name like The International Gallery, divided into nondescript sections labelled "anything" and "something," I was unprepared for the creative onslaught unleashed by a small group of Hungarian designers. Bernadett Bodor pays homage to her background in fashion and textiles with the gorgeous threaded pieces pictured above (all around €230). I also [heart] the acrylic one by Noemi Gera; don't miss her award-winning paper fan ring, either!
|Bonus link: serene, botanical stacking rings from UK jeweller Jessica Elizabeth.|
When is urban sprawl a good thing? When it inspires artists like Toronto resident Anna Lindsay MacDonald, who moved to the city and was struck by the grid-like quality of the streets (welcome to Canada, where our streets are griddy, not gritty!). Translating the network of streets into jewellery is a process she likens to a "modern form of lace making."
|Bonus link: silver square ring with an "exploding" corner that exposes the gold leaf within. By England's Toby Cotterill (at flickr).|
These bunny-ear rings (not bunny earrings) are Gitte Nygaard's "tribute to the beauty of cheap domestic objects." How so? The Dutch designer's "handyrabbits," as well as the blue and gold rings pictured above, are cut from ready-made plastic bowls.
|Bonus bunny at Japanese jewellery site tsuki·no·sabaku (I know the domain name is "tuki" but that's just an alternate spelling of "tsuki," meaning "moon.")|
When life on earth finds itself at the brink of extinction and we need other planets to share their resources with us, I hereby nominate Cophenhagen's Louise Birn-Bringgaard to be the one to design our flying saucers. Look how pretty and friendly we'd appear as we swarmed extra-terrestrial civilizations en masse in our pastel enamelled spaceships! How could they possibly say no?
They claim this Potato man "just wants to be happy," but I wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alley. Silver and ceramic ring, AUD$130 (but sold out), at Via Alley. Check out the site for great jewellery in a variety of materials from a variety of artists.
Earlier this year, I was at a show where one of the concert-goers arrived dressed in full Devo regalia including, of course, the hat. Now, if he'd worn one of these rings, that would've been impressive. UK designer Rachel Gaw makes simple, modern pieces using mainly resin, rubber and aluminum. (Substitute "'80s" for "modern" where necessary.)
I like the fresh colours and fishnet-stocking feel of these wire-wrapped stones. By Los Angeles jeweller Janna Conner, $66-$72 for individual rings and $171 for stackable trios.
Aah, the circle. Not only is it an indispensible literary metaphor, it's the best geometrical shape for most any situation. Including jewellery design. Pictured above: "champagne" rings from Copehagen's Claus Bjerring [left] and "bubble lace" ring from suburban Vancouver's Colleen Baran [right]. While these particular pieces are similar, the rest of their circle rings take off in different directions visit their sites to see!