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Friday, May 30, 2014

These rings could be relics from the gothic era — were it not for the fact that they're made of plastic. Ukraine's Macabre Gadgets fuses polymers and crystals and, in so doing, fuses the modern and the medeival.

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Skull with mermaids by Australia's I Heard They Eat Cigarettes.

Also admiring:
Seed bead skull by Japan's Kaori Shimomura.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

So evocative of springtime, you'll need a Claritin: check out Italy's La Hormiga.

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So evocative of... Claritin? Porcelain cloud ring by Germany's Materia Prima.

Also admiring:
Pretty blossoms from Japan's Cronico.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Five in a Flash, black + pavé edition, starting with L.A.'s Samira13 (Samira Sizdahkhani).

Stackable set by New York's Freida Rothman.

Chain rings by London-based Greek jeweller Diane Kordas.

"X-Ray" ring by the UK's Eshvi.

"Vega Noir Pavé" by L.A.'s Spinelli Kilcollin.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Well, now I'm going to be haunted by Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor all day, but these rings are worth it. Check out Australia's Kim Russell for lots of interesting pieces, including these "Organ Pipes" rings!

Bonus link:
Piano-playing ring from the "Grocca" line by Japan's D.B. Studio.

Also admiring:
"Adagio in G Minor" earrings by Romania's Alis Lalu.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Using the tree as a metaphor and the root of her inspiration, North Carolina's Claire Avery creates earthy, organic pieces using copper, gold leaf, quartz, wood and more.

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One of a series of nature-inspired rings by New Jersey's Olivia Norton.

Also admiring:
Seeds under a magnifying lens from the "Terra" series by California's Deborah Caperton.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The rings above are made from rubber and silver — but the rubbery black ones are blackened silver, and the ribbons of colour on silver are rubber. Roger? For more, see Elizabeth Bailey Christenbury, based in Georgia.

Bonus link:
A rubber duck, made of silver and rhodium, by Mexico's Arte Joyas.

Also admiring:
Rubber statement necklace by Greek jeweller Meet the Cat.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

1UP your jewellery with the "Level 256" collection from Italy's Federico Primiceri, featuring Pac-Man, Inky, Blinky et al as you've never seen them before. Today marks the 34th anniversary of the game's release date!

Bonus link:
Official Pac-Man rings, in collaboration with Varosh, from the Japanese section of Pac-Man Web.

Also admiring:
Pac-Man cufflinks by Poland's FeinFein.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nailed it!

For piles of soldiers, hammered-in nails and plenty more interesting projects, check out Israel's Liron Loval.

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Pavé bullet rings by French jeweller Akillis.

Also admiring:
Musket earrings by London-based Russian jeweller Natasha Zinko.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

You'll never have such a great time being Ambushed. Whether it's "class rings" that indeed look fit for a class — of superheroes — or Cuban chain knuckledusters, Japan's Ambush Design is waiting to pounce on you with their in-your-face styles.

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A lighter chain ring from Chrisrann (Rannie Balias of Texas).

Also admiring:
Clear glass chains from Japan's Luce macchia.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mini people are all over the world, but I still like them best on rings. Above, the "Merger" wedding band by Pennsylvania's Jim Bové.

"Homage à Rodin" by Antonello Figlia, an Italian jeweller now based in the UK.

Japan's Tomoko Hori stages her jewellery in the "Night of the Milkyway Railway" series — visit her site for lots more!

Bonus link:
"Man with Flowers" by Mexico's Roberto Buchanan.

Also admiring:
The "Tiny Swimmers" collection by Spritz Design (Barcelona-based Frédérique Conte).

Friday, May 16, 2014

So incredible, even the ring's jaws are dropping.

Italian artist Alessandro Dari will amaze you with pages and pages of sculptural, fantastical, prodigious work.

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Another bit of fantasy: unicorn ring by Japan's Pushque.

Also admiring:
Swarovski unicorns from South Korea's effervescent Feverish.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Italy's Bussola Creazioni (Marisa Liuzzi) combines traditional chirimen fabric with a contemporary acrylic component.

Some more fabric flowers from Argentina's Susana Riga.

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Still more floral fabric from Greek jeweller Kallia Xa.

Also admiring:
Lots of romantic flowers from Japan's Veriteco.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big and bold don't always add up to loud. There's a sense of quiet in these expansive, monochromatic rings, so it's no surprise that New York's Amy Glenn was inspired in part by silence. Check out her site for the entire A147G line.

Bonus link:
"Wave Form" ring by New Jersey's Davina Romansky.

Also admiring:
Ear brooch by Spain's Elisabeth Alba.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This is the hidden diamond ring to end all hidden diamond rings.

From the sliding "Slant" ring to the above piece based on Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory (and more), Italy's Andrea Giunti uses magnetic shavings and mechanisms to fabulous effect.

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No observatory needed to check out New Zealander Holly Howe's starburst ring.

Also admiring:
Starburst pendant from Israel's Sivan Sova.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Could inked bones be the next level in tattooing? Just think of the pretty skeleton you could leave behind! Or, you could skip the pain and pick up a porcelain vertebra ring from Los Angeles artist James Jean (find them under 2012 "objects").

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Snake vertebra ring, cast in pewter, by Sweden's Färjil (Josefine Wallander & Lennart Thilander).

Also admiring:
Spine pendant from Seattle's Adrienne Krieger.

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's a long...


...long story. Well, actually, not really. Here it is: I love Milan-based designer Cristina Ortiz.

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A more casual black ring, in porcelain, by Ohio's Lisa Belsky.

Also admiring:
Masses of black hair and knots from Michigan's Yuni Kim Lang.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It's ringing cats and dogs! Above, top-to-bottom, left-to-right: grumpy cat by California's Make Pie Not War (Alana Little), spiralling brass cat by Israel's Wild Thing Studio (Keren Asaf), silver wrap-around cat by Japan's Fuzuri, oxidized silver terrier by French jeweller Alice Magnin, dog + cog by Japan's Rabbitteeth (Miwa Ogawa), and "bite dog" by Japan's Crossover Designs (Norihito Kusunoki).

Bonus link:
Dog ring by French jeweller Juan Riusech (as seen on his old site).

Also admiring:
Cat pendants from Japan's Toumeina (Hitomi Ishida).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Forget monograms — this is my kind of engraving. I'm still internally screaming over this band with a hidden recipe. It's even illustrated! This one gives the ratios for a bun, but just think of the heirloom possibilities with a little customization. Gluten free? Then check out the rings with engraved sheet music!

Spend some time browsing Ken's Shop (Japan's Ken Kobayashi) for some truly wonderful metalwork, some with traditional Japanese motifs.

Bonus link:
French toast ring by Pei Li's Miniatures (Pei Li Chin of Singapore).

Also admiring:
Buttered toast brooch by Japan's Linda Tokyo.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mountains and mathematics: rings inspired by the heights of the Pyrenees and the calculations of Georgy Voronoi, by Spain's Lotocoho (Anna Tomich & Jorge López Conde).

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Some simpler mountains from Japan's Monaka (Asako Ohtsuki).

Also admiring:
"Inveniendo" cuff by Denmark's Gitte Soee.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ever wanted to own a Ferrari? To wear? The "Crash" collection from California's Minabea (Christi Schimpke) features all sorts of jewellery made from crashed late-model European luxury cars, including Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and more.

Bonus link:
Smashed tail-light ring by the UK's William White.

Also admiring:
Fiat 500 mirrored acrylic pendant by Italy's Alessandra Scarfò.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New in the shop: Elgan

Friday, May 2, 2014

"We've become professional sitters," says Israeli designer Omer Polak. If you're one of the many who spend hours a day "exercising" the mouse hand while neglecting the other, his "Occupational Therapy" ring can help! (I wonder if medicinal jewellery counts as a tax write-off.)

Bonus link:
All sorts of bandage rings from Brooklyn's Esses (siblings Michelle & Rudy Lopez).

Also admiring:
Split contact lens from UK silversmith Anna Lorenz.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


...or tube-headed...

...Chicago's Therese Kuempel has contemporary pieces in brass and quartz.

Bonus link:
Tube ring by Dutch jeweller Nolda Vrielink.

Also admiring:
More brass, quartz and angles from another Chicago jeweller, Lindsay Lewis...

...who also has a tube ring of her own.
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