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Thursday, October 30, 2008

I won't be posting again until Monday (assuming my move goes smoothly!). In the meantime, here are 22 random pluckings from my bookmarks:

An old lady and a cat by the UK's Vicky Willmer (left) and Japan's Gimmel Garden.

Insect wing patterns by Italy's Paolo Mazzeschi (left) and Australia's Studio Schmookie (Sylvia Nevistic).

Green enamel by (L-R) Denmark's Trine Wilkens, Argentina's Jimena Rios and Trail, BC's Andes Cruz.

Lace-like metal by Kerstin Kavalirek (top) and Cilmara de Oliveira (bottom), both of Germany.

Floral bands by (clockwise from top left) Einstein of Denmark; Pashmük, Pippa Small and Alex Monroe, all from London; New York's Helen Ficalora and Mexico's Tanya Moss.

Buddhas and skulls by Germany's Rohstoff (top) and Japan's Lovecraft (bottom).

Darkened ridges by (clockwise from top left) New York's Alan Mautino, Switzerland's Elsbeth Bollag, Seattle's Jessi Taylor and Australia's Wade Taranto.

Ballchain rings by Germany's Tanja Friedrichs.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In her words, Rhode Island's Jane-Marie Ovanin creates forms that "stimulate and soothe, reducing the chaos of thoughts and emotions." With her "intent to calm, she searches for simple smooth form," making pieces that "encourage handling and benefit those interacting." It's therapy in a ring. Pictured above are her polymer clay series for wearing between fingers. More samples below:

Bonus link: for similarly tactile and chunky white rings, see these pieces made of Kerrock by Taiwan's Nick Dong.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Plants made of silver don't grow but you can pretend they do if you own this entire collection by Japan's Pfutze (Ayako Kaku and Yasutaka Kita).

Bonus link: for more sculptural, botanical metal, check out San Francisco's Jenny Kim; pictured is her "Dahlia #3" ring.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

When Hallmark invents Sarcasm Day, this ring could be a top seller. Until then, this "you're/your brilliant" ring would make a sincerely nice gift for your favourite English teacher. By Dutch designer Brech, €95.

Here's another flat-packed, assemble-yourself, diamond-shaped ring. This one's by Patricia Thomazo, also from the Netherlands (€5).

Bonus link: for more diamond-cut rings in silver, see Paris jeweller Christofle; this piece is from their "Pierres D'argent" collection.

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Saturday, October 25 2008

Weekend quickie: go to PingMag and read about these "Plarings" from Japan's Clunky Design.

Friday, October 24, 2008

If I ruled the planet, my first order of business would be "more plique-à-jour" (sorry, world peace, you'll just have to wait). With its resemblance to stained glass, plique-à-jour enamel has a bright and delicate quality that I just love. Pictured above are rings by Scotland's Barbara MacLeod, who was inspired by vintage patterns and old architecture.

Above, more plique-à-jour rings from jeweller Lynne MacLachlan, who also happens to be from Scotland. So... maybe, instead of the entire planet, I could get away with ruling just the northern part of Great Britain. Probably easier.

Bonus link: Austrian jeweller Margit Hart uses a different enamelling technique but her results are just as pretty.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Looking for a way to celebrate Hallowe'en that doesn't include cat ears or a Twix-induced coma? This ring with its subtle mask logo helps keep things playful but understated. Also shown are super matte stud and parasol rings from the designers, Japan's minus.

Bonus link: if you don't think Hallowe'en calls for "subtle," there's this bright pumpkin-like ring (actually a tomato) from the studio of Spanish jeweller Elvira López del Prado.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fact: Natalya Lisovskaya, representing the Soviet Union, set the women's world record for shot put on June 7, 1987 with a distance of 22.63 metres. That's right — this ring made me care about shot put for about as long as it took me to wiki "shot put." That's the power of jewellery. Draping chain ring/bracelet by Amsterdam's Annemee Struijk, aka NME Jewelry.

Bonus link: for balls a bit smaller and lighter than a shot, check out this ring by Peru's Álida Joyas. Just don't throw it anywhere.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

These chunky rings and their pleasing folds go from innocuous to uncomfortable when you learn that they're from Taiwanese metalsmith Yuyen Chang's "orifice" series.

Above, some more pleasing curls and folds — of a non-orificial ilk — from Dutch duo Maartje and Maarten van Grinsven of Toon.

Bonus link: for rings with accordion-style pleats rather than fluid folds, see Switzerland's Sabine Hellmann.

Bonus link #2: one more bonus, while I'm at it: crisply crimped metal from Dutch fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Like liver, nuts and oysters, Virginia's Huiyi Tan is a rich source of copper.

Bonus link: for more copper, check out England's Jenna Garner and her boxy, oxidized pieces with enamel.

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Friday, October 17, 2008


I know that every once in a while, I come flailing in here, gushing about my latest "new favourite."

But this time?

I really...


...really mean it. Rings above by Colorado's Andi Velgos.

Bonus link: I especially love the gauzy pieces above so here's another ring with gauze — this one by Argentina's Cecilia Afonso Esteves.

p.s. - Thanks to Sandi at the Wearable Art Blog for inviting me to answer a few questions about my blog and rings in general!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who says you can't engage in manual labour and maintain a perfect manicure at the same time?

Edible, knotable or flammable, they're all wearable in the hands of Dutch designer Emmy Möller.

Bonus link: also displaying her rings like little bonbons is Paris jeweller Nathalie Delhaye, aka Mademoiselle Ninon.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Though made of plastic, these rings remind me more of geological cross-sections. From Mars. Rings by Kathleen Taplick and Peter Krause of Germany's Breit-Band Design.

Bonus link: for more earthly but equally spectacular geological specimens, check out New Jersey's Ring of Artist.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

With these wolf and panther rings, Jiska Hartog & Michiel Henneman explore an oft-overlooked side of nature: the backside.

Above, more from the Dutch jewellers, who work together as Wanted Jewellery.

Bonus link: for whole animals in silhouette, check out these gold rings with black champlevé enamel by New York's Jonathan Wahl.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Armies, pills and sugar bowls may make for strange fashion statements but they do serve as excellent political statements for Pennsylvania's Demi Thomloudis. Visit her site to read the concepts behind the rings.

Bonus link: while those soldiers above shoot flags, you may want to load up with this bullet ring (actually a 9mm casing) by Connecticut's Todd Clark.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

The neighbour's cat "played" with something and left me a mangled "gift" on the deck — can you guess what it was?

No, it wasn't a ring. Feather rings above by Germany's Kirsten Grünebaum.

Above, more plumes from Texas artist Cynthia Lewis (left) and Raleigh, NC jeweller Sonya Coulson Rook of Metamorphosis Metals (right).

Bonus link: this oxidized silver "flight" band is one of many nature-inspired styles by English jeweller Torz Cartwright.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rings for your neck! (Why should your hands have all the fun?) Clockwise from top left: double-finger rings, dog-tag style, made from recycled vinyl records (one of which has been gold-plated) by Brooklyn's WrecordsByMonkey (Patrick Chirico and Brian Farrell); a ring from a real racing pigeon, strung on a chain, by the UK's Chinnychinchin; diamond ring pendant by London's Gemma Lister; and double band necklace designed by Korean actor Byunghun Lee for Japanese jewellery brand Samantha Tiara.

Bonus link: here's a ring-shaped charm/pendant with birthstone from the "charme et charme" collection of Japan's Lemontree.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Can you say "marble ring?" Now, can you say "marble ring" with your mouth stuffed full of... well, marbles? Congratulations — you can speak German! (Ich scherze nur.) This murmelring, as they say auf Deutsch, is by Switzerland's Corinne Jeisy (see also As fun to say as it is to wear.

Bonus link: this murmel marble ring by Argentina's Gloria Gastaldi has the marble sitting on an interchangeable acrylic base.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October's in full swing, which means the pomegranates should be arriving in stores any time now... assuming the current financial crisis doesn't cause the world's economy to collapse entirely, halting the food supply chain to the point where there's nothing left on the supermarket shelves but a single, dented tin of jellied beef and a party-pack of sporks. Yes. If I don't get my pomegranates, I'm coming after you, Maria Bartiromo.

In the meantime, to celebrate the season, here are some autumnal rings. Top row: acorn ring by England's Lucy Jade Sylvester; middle row: woodpecker by Michigan's Kristine Danielson, gumnut pods by Scotland's Shimara Carlow, copper leaf by San Francisco's Ach Ach Liebling; bottom row: sycamore pod (left) and pine cone (right) rings by London's Philippa Holland and pod ring (middle) by South Africa's Tiffany Marx.

Bonus link: for a ring with real twigs, check out this piece by Brooklyn's Stanley Ruiz, an industrial designer who "fuses the industrial with the natural."

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Think back to just a few moments ago, before you saw these rings by Cleveland's Austin Bates. Wasn't life so much more boring back then?

Bonus link: if that cowboy needs a horse, he can turn to this sleek "ghost rider" ring by oceanographer-turned- jeweller Rick Cameron of Woodstock, NY.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

It's Friday — ready to party? In the dark? The resin "ice" in these rings by the UK's aptly-named Ice Cold Jewellery Design is spiked with glow-in-the-dark powder. Below, some more of his work with UV-reactant materials (acrylic rods and glow sticks), specifically made for clubbing:

Bonus link: another jeweller dabbling in the field of inanimate carbon rods (subset: neon yellow) is Sweden's Wolfgang Gessl.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

This blog is all about rings that aren't cookie-cutter — like these rings that look like cookie cutters, by Switzerland's Franziska Vogler (above, top row). Also pictured are actual cookie cutters, shaped like rings (above, bottom row).

Above, more studied shapes by Germany's Ursula Schulze.

Bonus link: if you like cookies more than cutters, here's an "oreo" ring made from vintage buttons by Ontario's ipushbuttons.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Though I make lampwork glass rings myself, I rarely look at other lampwork jewellery; I think it's because I'm paranoid of absorbing and inadvertently copying someone else's idea. When I came upon Germany's Dora Schubert, however, I could not look away. Talk about absorbing.

Bonus link: ring engraved with coordinates by Portland, Maine's Elizabeth Prior, who does the silver settings for Dora Schubert's glass (above).

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