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Monday, May 31, 2010

I have seen the light. Turns out, it was a ring! This concept by Colorado artist Steuart Bremner is one of my favourite takes on the temporary ring. Of course, you could always go for tanlines to make them last a little longer.

Bonus link: Sweden's Chatrine Rinman also has temporary rings, like these made of ice (far left) and soap film. And yes, she even has tan line jewellery.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Our Friday runneth over with cups!

Above: "Decadence" wearable punch cup by England's Maria Hanson.

Cocktail ring, literally, by Sweden's Frida Jeppsson.

"Coppurings" by Ukranian jeweller Maria Volokhova.

"Tea Party" by Australia's Anita Dineen.

Finally, a little role reversal: rings worn by cups! Made by Japan's La Poterie and available here at handmade wares shop Oyatsu (which means "snack").

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If you're thirsty after all those cup rings, New Zealand's Georgina Baker has these "tea rings." She also has a wonderful collection of pieces made from collected teaspoons.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Paris and Milan may be famous for fashion but no city is as well-accessorized as Melbourne. "City Ring" is one of two installation series by Australian artist Caz Guiney, who, in 2003, embedded fourteen of her handmade rings into her urban environment.

Bonus link: in Guiney's city rings, the city wears the rings. In these city rings, the rings wear the city. Alexandra Bletsas, also of Australia, layers metal, wood and acrylic in her cityscape rings.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Louis Mueller has a golden rule(r)...

... to make amusing rings. Visit the Rhode Island jeweller's site for more.

Bonus link: this ring isn't merely amusing — it actually belongs in an amusement park. Ferris wheel ring by Patricia Madeja, a jeweller who teaches at Pratt Institute.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In her "Ring for Each Finger" series, Thai artist Atinuj Tantivit gives the traditional fourth finger a rest and honours "each [other] finger with its own representative ring." I'm guessing the button represents the pointer and the index cards represent "thumbing" through. But wait... those are thumb tacks, aren't they? While I mull this over, visit her site, La Chiocciolina.

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For rings that I'm 100% certain were made for the thumb, like the one pictured here, see Sophie Marie Smith. The UK jeweller specializes in simple silver pieces.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Cones: from cradling delicious ice cream to making gorgeous rings, is there anything they can't do? This "funnels" ring is by Swedish metalsmith Petra Schou, who tries to "relieve the solidity and rigidity of metal by adding a sense of air and movability."

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German jeweller Georg Spreng has several cone rings in his collection, including this bold, jewel-encrusted "ice cream cone" ring that's anything but vanilla.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: Because dodecahedrons are awesome.

That's no punchline, but that's also no lie.

Awesomeness brought to you by Ohio artist Geoff Riggle.

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If twelve sides is more than you can handle, how about we pare it down to six? Cube ring by Swedish fashion label Cheap Monday (matching bangle also available).

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Erase the word "erasing" from your vocabulary. Henceforth, it can only be known as "erasering." Createrated by Balance Wu and Chin Yang of Taiwan's AHead Creative.

Bonus link: this is a ring! I'm not being defensive — that's actually what it's called: "This is a Ring" by UK artist Nicolas Cheng, who also offers an illustration of the ring in action.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In her "Basket Silhouette" series, Jolene Carley McClelland "manipulated very familiar forms in the commercial jewellery industry to become something new and interesting again.... By flipping the basket onto itself, [she has] created not only a sculptural response, but a metaphorical vacancy where the precious stones and materials should be." The Canadian jeweller currently works in Chicago.

Above: a pair of her "metalgem" rings.

Bonus link: here's another basket ring, this time from "Full of Myself," one of several interesting series by New Zealand's Mia Straka. Much of her work features twisting lines of silver and this ring is no exception.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ceci n'est pas une pipe, of course, but it might make a "peep."

The "Wysle" ring is — sound it out — a whistle ring. Find lots more of interest at Fdotlove, online home of California designer Frank Love.

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I'd be pretty impressed if you could carry any kind of tune on a whistle but if you wanted to try, Germany's Andi Monn has rings decorated with a few musical bars.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The name says it all: "Beautiful Decay" in fine silver and enamel by Australia's Hannah Ren.

Just as corroded and just as pretty are these "Into the Fire" rings by Bonfire Folk (Kim Victoria Wearne), also from Australia.

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For more eroded jewellery, see UK metalsmith Kirsten Hendrich, who offers this "Eroded" band in oxidized silver.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm in heaven — and manning the pearl, formica, resin, acrylic, tagua and aluminum gates is French jeweller Eric de Gésincourt.

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Argentinian jeweller Sergio Colon also makes chunky, modern resin rings, like the piece pictured here — though this one might be more devilish than heavenly!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wanderlust + metallust = Fiona Mitcham. The UK jeweller's rings not only are etched with topographical maps, but also cleverly echo the arc of a sextant!

Now, if you're so directionally challenged that you can barely tell your right from your left (let alone east from west), these rings by Sweden's Caroline Lindholm should help you out.

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Australian jeweller Jason Moss customizes rings by stamping them with birthdates, initials (in binary, if desired) or, as pictured here, geographical coordinates.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Three years ago, I started adding those "even more jewellery" links after each post because I wanted a place for jewellers who don't necessarily have rings as a focus. Since then, I've had many an "argh!" moment when I've re-visisted a site and found it updated with — what else? — fabulous rings. Well, it's happened again... but this time, because I am weak, I'm going to break my "no repeats" rule. New on South African designer Theresa Burger's site are these amazing rings that look like quartz but are actually resin!

Bonus link: for rings made with actual quartz (as well as other semiprecious stones), check out Wisconsin's My Heart Monster. They have lots of simple, chunky pieces, like this one set with graffiti quartz.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

If I upset any clean freaks yesterday (don't get me wrong — I'm a "freak" myself), maybe these rings will atone for that. After all....

... they're made entirely of soap! By California designer Nancy Wu, these are the "small" incarnation of her "Momentary Reasons" series; just wait 'til you see the "large."

Bonus link: if you haven't already guessed what this ring is made of, does the colour clue you in? Yep, it's a rubber glove — let's just hope it didn't actually see any grime in its former life. By Calgary's Melissa Pedersen.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Do you hear that rustling? That's the collective sound of neatniks squirming in their seats. These chaotic gold wire rings are by Japanese jeweller Eriko Unno.

Relax — she does clean, too. If you visit her site, don't miss her cassette-tape jewellery!

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Here's another scribbly ring made of knit wire from the aptly-named "Entangled" series by Slovenia's Niiro Jewelry (Rosanna Raljevic Ceglar).

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Ending the week with a small round-up of modern silver rings.
Up first: sculptural wire by London-based German jeweller Ute Decker.

Sterling disc by Oklahoma's Mike and Mary.

Fence-like bands by South Africa's Jolene Kritzinger.

Loopy teardrops by UK jeweller Beth Essex.

Rough and striated ring by Belgium's Claire Dries.

Bonus link: if you need even more modern silver to tide you over the weekend, see New Zealand jeweller Caroline Bassett. She likes to manipulate the surface of metals, as with this lace-patterned piece.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

A triangle trifecta for you today, starting with this braided "arrows" ring by Liam of York (as in New York).

One for the purists by Swedish clothing brand Odeur, made exclusively for UK shop Oki-Ni.

Sterling "Trigon" rings by Australia's Kornerd.

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Here's just one more triangle ring. Silver and copper piece by Sweden's Hakan Alkacir Design, makers of simple, industrial and geometric jewellery.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I love plique-à-jour enamel, but not this — because the "Flow" ring is actually inset with resin, not enamel! Cut into panes for that stained-glass effect, resin has never looked prettier. For more modern silver pieces, see South Africa's Emma Anne by Emma Stricker. (If the site doesn't load, try her blog.)

Bonus link: here's a ring that's unmistakably resin. The "Atlantis" ring is by Australia's David Bunic & Carol Jackson, aka Pipi Designs. The duo also make lighting and housewares in addition to jewellery.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The word "silhouette" comes from Étienne de Silhouette, 18th century Controller-General of Finances under French king Louis XV. Depending on what you read, either he was known for his hobby of making silhouette portraits or people named the cheap form of portraiture after the famously cheap man (or maybe it was both). Well, he'd better tighten his purse strings even more because giving old Étienne a run for his money is Colombia's Juana Rodriguez, who makes a serious case for naming the silhouette after her.

Above, a version of her stacking rings with a hit of colour.

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For more silhouette rings (albeit non-stacking), check out French jeweller Hélène Barros. She also has a wide variety of other ring styles — well worth a visit!

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Monday, May 3, 2010

In Bettina Götsch's "Familie" series, each ring corresponds to a family member. I can definitely make out a father, mother, kids, and... do they have the expression "black sheep" in German as well? More from the Berlin jeweller below:

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Speaking of sheep, here's a ram ring by Los Angeles jeweller Jessica Seaton. This ring is all silver but she also uses reclaimed antlers and bone in her work.

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