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Friday, August 29, 2008

Let one man's trash become your treasure. Paris-based Pablo Reinoso (originally from Argentina) is the designer behind Trash and Soul, where everyday garbage is gold. The trashbags and lemon peels above will run you €580-€1,180 (~US$850-$1,700); view more styles on his site.

Bonus link: for another dose of citrus, check out PennyDog, where England's Kerry Wilkinson offers lemons, limes and oranges encased in resin.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

A rare behind-the-scenes look at how rings get their nice shape: they do sit-ups.

And these ones are engaged in group calisthenics. It's tough work, looking good. Rings above by Germany's Tanja Zessel.

Bonus link: for rings that really do move, see Barbara Schulte-Hengesbach (far left) and Michael Berger (right), both from Germany.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The first set of rings is industrial yet decorative, somewhat art deco with a floral nod to art nouveau. Meanwhile, the second set is all aged and eroded, like relics from an old sunken ship. It's almost like "The Titanic: Before and After," give or take a decade. So what do these rings have in common? Despite their wildly different styles, they're all by the same jeweller (and yoga instructor): Germany's Angela Sauer.

Bonus link: for more of that eroded, weathered look, go for a verdigris piece like this oxidized brass spoon ring from Oklahoma's Keys and Memories.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Want to eat poppy seeds with aplomb? Experience the joy of dentistry without the expensive visits? UK designer Lucy Rowlands makes it all possible with her "oral examination device" rings.

Bonus link: this isn't a link to a jeweller's site but, on the topic of oral fixations, New Yorker Samantha Kramer's teeth rings could not be ignored.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

It started at a gas station. Now, it's moved to water. The violence over scarce resources is escalating and the birds are not about to go quietly. Pictured above: silver ring, with glass water and birds in bone and ebony, by California's 2Roses.

Bonus link: here's some more water for those birds to fight over. Resin waterdrop on silver ring by Dallas jeweller Christy Robinson.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

"If there is no hole in a ring, can I wear it?" That's the question posed by Hyeseung Shin in this "hide a hole" ring, above. While you ponder the answer, here's more from the Korean jeweller:

Bonus link: the holes in Jos Jonkergouw's rings aren't hidden but proudly on display; pictured is one of the Dutch jeweller's many perforated rings.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

If an octopus, a mustache and a bubble machine walked into a bar, the punchline might look something like this. Of course, far from being a joke, these rings by Seattle's Vina Rust are seriously cool. Her "stamen" and "stained cell" series were inspired by botanical and cellular imagery.

Bonus link: for more rings made of silver bubble clusters, check out Japanese jeweller Shimokawa Hiromichi of Himie.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Armed with enamel, Portugal's Elza Pereira is here to smack us in the face with colour. In a good way.

Above, Poland's Karolina Anna Matea launches her own enamel colour assault. I think earth is safe, however, as these "planets" and "constellation" rings seem to be focussed on outer space. Below are two of her non-enamel rings:

Bonus link: for a garden's worth of bright enamel flowers, each hand-cut and one-of-a-kind, see the work of Connecticut's Angela Scirpo.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Leaves and flowers are such common motifs but the UK's Heather Fox of Silver Kitsune (kitsune being Japanese for "fox") puts a fresh spin on things with these designs, above. If you know her personally, please push her into tackling textile design, because I'd love some curtains printed with those graphic shapes.

Bonus link: for more realistic leaf shapes, leave it to someone with both "vert" and "trees" in her name: Dawn Vertrees of Florida.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

These plastic "Palmolive" rings are made from recycled bottles of something or other.

Above, more recycled bottle rings from Czech artist Nikola Semotánová. Seeing these once-disposable objects become objects of art, one comes to an important realization: Czech cleaning products are packaged in some very pretty colours.

Bonus link: California jeweller Sherry Cordova has more recycled bottle rings, only hers are glass rather than plastic.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

A couple of spine-tingling rings from the "exo" collection of Vancouver designers Elsa Smith and Lallen, aka ESLA.

Bonus link: another Canadian dabbling in spines is Winnipeg's Bryan Johnson with this sterling and garnet piece.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Nature, au naturel: this "in the forest" ring by London's Ornella Iannuzzi is composed of petrified wood, dry mushrooms, bark, moss and silver. I think Les Stroud is hiding in there somewhere, too.

Above, Switzerland's Anna Schmid shows us another wooden ring that embraces its roots. While I absolutely love the display for this piece, I'm really glad the concept was done with wood and not fur.

Bonus link: more wood from Ohio's Christine J. Brandt, who is probably best known for her rings featuring clusters of uncut semiprecious stones.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thanks to these rings, I can no longer look at someone in an empire-waist dress without her looking like a salt shaker to me. Mmm, salt.

The lace, silver, acrylic, nylon and fur pieces above are by Switzerland's Marisa Louvet and Mélanie Raetz, aka Ma & Mé.

Bonus link: more lace rings? Not exactly. These bands by Germany's Brigitte Adolph are actually gold and silver made to look like lace.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What does the Canadian Olympic team have in common with these rings? So far, they remain unadorned. Pictured are rings by Monika Glöss (top row) and Susanne Vorsprecher (middle), both of Germany, and Toronto's Silverbridge (bottom).

Bonus link: some more clean metal from another Toronto designer, Laura Serrafero of Eles Designs.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Hey, it's not like the Olympics own a trademark on colourful interlocking rings. Well... maybe that specific set of colourful interlocking rings. But not these ones by Germany's Kirsten Plank, above. Below are some more examples of her clever interlocking; the first row is an oxidized set of four pieces that form either a ball or a ring, while the second row is a band that's also a carrying case for some earrings!

Bonus link: for more interlocking rings, head on over to Australia's Bilingual, where interlocking silver rings seem to be their specialty.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

The big five-ring event begins today — will you be watching? I don't think I'll be tuning in (gotta preserve my Olympic interest for the games here in 2010) but I was pretty impressed by the opening ceremony in Athens in 2004 so I may record the Beijing opening out of curiosity. In any event (literally), go, underdogs! Pictured above: "rings for winners" by Japan's Jun Konishi. Some more of his work below:

Bonus link: swim-bike-run ring in steel (though titanium would be more triathlon-like) from Austria's C2 Sportschmuck, who has almost every summer sport imaginable.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

It's that time again: random-pluckings-from-my-bookmarks o'clock.

Above: red plastic rings from Czech artist Pavel Herynek (left) and Chile's Francisca Duarte of Xperimenta.

Interesting settings from Finland's Stephan Maroschek (left) and Australia's Peta Kruger.

Hearts (blooming) by Belgium's Marie-Bénédicte de Schryver and hearts (nesting) by Switzerland's Susanne Holzinger.

Quirky fun by Belén Bajo (left) and Daniel Vior, both of Spain.

Teacups by Dutch studio XS-M-L (left) and Russia's Anna Raygorodskaya.

Crushed metal by New York's Ippolita (left) and Dorothée Rosen of Halifax.

Killer cats from Italy's Gianni Bulgari of Enigma (left) and Austin's Anne Kiel.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stones? Janine Eisenhauer don't need no stinkin' stones.

Even when she does use them, the results aren't exactly traditional:

The German designer has lots more on her site, so go check it out (and don't miss the one-pound necklace made from transparent file folders).

Above: Bel-gem's Iele-gems's gems. By which I mean, more unconventional gemstone rings from Belgium's Elisabetha Ielegems. Don't they look like stones being squeezed out of toothpaste tubes? I love it.

Bonus link: if you are searching for something traditional, Japan's Agete is full of pretty. They sell their own work as well as other designers'.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Here's some work by Germany's Claudia Schmedding, whom I mentioned in passing last Thursday. These faceted slices of concrete play with dimensionality (2D vs. 3D) and transformation (stone becoming gemstone) and — I think, but don't hold me to it — their bright colours are remnants of their former lives as painted buildings and roadways.

Bonus link: these rings by Japan's Forme also have the illusion of sliced gems, as half the synthetic stones are covered under silver.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

If you think you love this ring now, wait 'til you see the video. This Jack-in-the-box ring is one of several mechanical wind-up rings by Australia's Helen Mok. Visit her blog to watch the rings in action! Here's another:

And here are some rings that marry my current obsession with my childhood obsession: bouncy balls!

Bonus link: here's another rubber ball ring, this time from Germany's Steinlaub, makers of minimalist jewellery.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy August, everyone! I hope your weekend is more in line with the ring above than with the ring below.

Double-ring version also available:

These spinning face "say cheese" rings are by N2, the playful offshoot of French jeweller Les Néréides.

Bonus link: speaking of the Nereids, here's more sea-inspired jewellery by Christian Tse for L.A. streetwear label Gourmet - NFN.

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