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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How is a third of the year over already? It's all going by in a flash! Speaking of which... time for Five in a Flash, in black and white, starting with this piece by Taiwan's Ou Jiun You.

Black resin from the UK's Prudence Horrocks.

Porcelain head in two parts by Shit Happens of the Czech Republic.

Blackened steel from Japan's Kaoru Rogers (check out her balloon jewellery, too).

"Oyster Wing" ring by Japan's Haruka Masuda.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ask for the moon and Japan's Atelier Camomille will give it to you (atop a forest, no less).

Bonus link:
"Moonface" ring by Australia's Henson.

Also admiring:
Spruce earrings by Ontario's Miranda Britton.

Monday, April 28, 2014

If you fidget with your jewellery and tiny horses don't start revolving on top of your hand, you're wearing the wrong ring. Check out interesting metalwork by Ryan Su, including this kinetic carousel ring.

Bonus link:
Another carousel (more tiny horses!) from Japan's Justin Davis.

Also admiring:
Carousel unicorn pendant from Singapore's Strangely Yours.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Some intriguing jewellery is afoot here.

And while a bit of data may suggest their focus is Doylesian London...

...further evidence reveals there's much more than that! To see the full array, check out Japan's Lilou at their online shop.

Bonus link:
Flower ring by UK jeweller Roger Doyle.

Also admiring:
Awesome bib necklaces from L.A.'s Clemmie Watson.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Forget blotting with tissues — this is how to wear lipstick without getting it on your teeth. Get all dolled up with Thailand's Smoked Vanilla (Sazibimol Nipatkusol).

Bonus link:
Toronto's TEDDiE (Bailey Jeffries) turns vintage lipstick holders into rings.

Also admiring:
Cute "panties" brooch by Japan's Zacchino.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Go into the blue with Japan's ONoff OFFon (Koji Kanamaru).

Bonus link:
A blue ribbon effort from the UK's Ellie Air.

Also admiring:
"Unicorn Vomit" by Georgia enamelist Sarah Truett.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My interest spiked.

Check out French jeweller Crezus (Alison Briquet), whose world is one of refined punk, colourful Swarovskis and shimmery metals.

Bonus link:
More spikes from Finland's Tytti Lindström.

Also admiring:
Bold and simple Swarovski crystal pieces by Toronto- based Rebekah Price.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My, what a nice... have? Japan's Smile Mammy (Morikazu Matsuda) turns that frown upside down in the creepiest way possible. Also check out the "stare" collection for creepy eyes.

Bonus link:
New York's Art Youth Society has more smiles and other emblems.

Also admiring:
Quirky, thread-drawn pins from Japan's Yummy.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New in the shop: Dania

Friday, April 18, 2014

I've got my eye(s) firmly planted on French jeweller Jordane Somville. Don't miss her fantastic creations mixing porcelain and live plants! (Since her eye ring is plantless, I couldn't resist including a sneak peek at some earrings.)

Bonus link:
Eye ring by the UK's Lion Studio (Lei Sihan).

Also admiring:
"Third Eye Warrior" necklace from L.A.'s Communion by Joy Smith.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yesterday, if you'd said "Frank" and "bunny mask," I, while doubting your commitment to Sparkle Motion, would've thought Donnie Darko.

Today, those words make me think "mask rings by f. is for frank." Check out Texas jewellers Shoshannah Frank and Casey Melton for an array of work in plated pewter.

Bonus link:
The queen of mask jewellery has got to be Croatia's Krinkit (Petra Grgasović).

Also admiring:
Rabbit skull earring by Japan's Egoism of Mauhe (Yūki Nishiyama).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I thought I'd already featured WWAKE's minimalist rings but I may have been thinking of WSAKE's minimalist rings (touch-type "WWAKE WSAKE" five times fast). The New York jeweller — that of the double double-u — serves up little wisps of gold, opals and diamonds.

Bonus link:
For similar rings, but hammered, see Japan's noa noa.

Also admiring:
"Call + Response" ear cuff from Nevada's KMH makes (Karen Hancock).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

If there was an ante on pencil crayon rings, MOTH just upped it. Check out Indonesian fashion designer Larasati Dewangga Putri and her label, which stands for "Minority Object That Happens" (and watch the making-of video while you're at it).

If you prefer the minimalist route, there's this pencil crayon ring from Turkey's Hakan Aktuğ.

Bonus link:
Pencil crayon rings with acrylic from the UK's Oh, Bother.

Also admiring:
Pencil crayon brooch from Spain's Corazon de Galleta (Ariadna Mateu).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Diamonds within diamonds from London's Lestie Lee. Also available with pearls, but what fun is that?

Bonus link:
Another diamond-within-a-diamond from Brazil's Livia Kerr.

Also admiring:
Diamond cage pendant bracelet from Brazil's Antonio Bernardo.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I could make you scroll down for a few more minutes or I could just direct you to the website of Czech jeweller Zuzana Kynčlová (when you're there, be sure to click each image for even more images). Needless to say, I'm Golluming.

Also admiring:
Glass pendant by the UK's Sara fell.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I love this jeweller — and not because of any vegetative bias.

It's because of rings like "Pigs & Wolf."

And non-rings like this human cannonball. I think you'll love them, too. Check out M. de Phocas, joint venture of Alexis Zambrano and Jesus Torres, who were childhood friends growing up in Mexico before reuniting in New York.

Bonus link:
"Porco" ring by Japan's Facile (Takashi Kojima).

Also admiring:
Flying pig spoon-turned-brooch from The Hairy Growler (the UK's Les Martinez-McCune).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rings already course through my veins, but thanks. This brass piece by Spain's Berta Sumpsi is based on an object from the 1564 book Les dix livres de chirurgie by Ambroise Paré, one of the fathers of surgery. Visit her site for lots of interesting work!

Bonus link:
"Life Therapy" pill rings by Italy's Ida Callegaro.

Also admiring:
Orthopedic pieces from "Defects" by UK designer Annelie Gross.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Well, this certainly doesn't help my butterfly phobia.

In the Sensum/Sensorium series, "photographic images of the human sensory organs such as eyes, ears, and hands" are "fashioned into butterflies, moths and beetles that are to read as scientific specimens, which present themselves for close examination." To see and read more, visit Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry department at Ohio's Kent State University.

Bonus link:
Real butterfly wings from California's Hart-Variations (Katie J. Evans).

Also admiring:
Chrysalis pendant from the UK's Alexandra Louise.

Monday, April 7 2014

Birds freak me out. Insects freak me out. Thus, being the most bird-like insects, butterflies doubly freak me out. Wings alone, though, I can handle, especially when they look as nice as these "delicate air" rings by Japan's Marzo (Ikumi Shirayama).

Czech jeweller Michaela Gorcová has more pretty wings.

Bonus link:
One more butterfly wing from UK-based French jeweller Cloelea.

Also admiring:
Butterflies in bubbles from Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Too bad I just played my spinning Homer card last week because I am losing my mind over these tubular rings by German jeweller Nicole Schuster! And there are so many! It's like I mouse-clicked on the piñata of my dreams. Treat yourself and take a look!

Bonus link:
Ring with tube of pasta by French furniture designer François Azambourg.

Also admiring:
Tubular pendant by Australia's Pippin Blackwell.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spain's Cova Ríos shows an appreciation of colour, shape, and portmanteaus with the "MeTaCRiLaTO" collection.

Bonus link:
Silver bar ring by the UK's Lisa Stephen.

Also admiring:
Bar pendant by England's Marie Godfrey.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A ring-loving optimist sees this as a ring worn lower than most, not a bracelet worn higher than most. (Besides, I'm pretty sure anything on that side of the wrist is ring-territory by law in most jurisdictions.)

Visit Paris-based Yukié Deuxpoints for a gorgeous mix of organic metal and crystals.

Bonus link:
L.A.'s Sirciam makes "forefinger" rings to be worn higher than usual.

Also admiring:
Whether you're feeling high or low, Florida's Jane Basch has an "emo" necklace to match.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PC LOAD PEARL: pearl beads printed with quaint animals, from Japan's Coma. If you could just go ahead and check them out, that would be greaaaaat. They're better than 37 pieces of flair.

While we've got office spaces on the mind, this embedded staple ring (with staple-y shank!) by Spain's Mar Sánchez is probably not an ode to Gareth's stapler, but I'm going to take it that way. Visit her site for plenty more, including a series based on Invisible Cities. (When I started this post with Mike Judge, I did not see myself ending with Italo Calvino.)

Bonus link:
"Pebbly Crown" ring with pearls from Japan's Granello (Akiko Ishida).

Also admiring:
Hand-painted pearls from Japan's Karafuru
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