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Friday, August 29, 2014

Continuining on the topic of 3D printing, you may be familiar with Finnish-born Janne Kyttanen, who's one of the pioneers in the field. He's mainly a product designer but, lucky for this site, he's also collaborated with some jewellers. And lucky for me, one of those jewellers is the inimitable Ted Noten, which means I get another chance to mention him here (my post about him was in March 2004, which is almost the same as never). The fruits of that collaboration are above but you'll definitely want to check out the rest of their portfolios, if you haven't already.

Bonus link:
3D-printed butterfly wing by ANNXANNXDESIGN (California's Han-Yin Hsu).

Also admiring:
3D-printed "Lock of Hair" necklace by Toronto's Irakliy Kontselidze.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We're exposed to new technologies so often that it's easy to take them for granted. 3D-printed jewellery — like that of California's Emerging Objects, above — wasn't available to the masses when I first started this blog (at least, not commercially) and now it's seemingly everywhere. We witnessed its emergence, and that's pretty neat.

Bonus link:
More 3D-printed rings from Netherlands-based Italian designer Dario Scapitta.

Also admiring:
I love these chain-less, clip-on, 3D-printed pendants by Italy's Maria Jennifer Carew.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cuboids with a (literal) twist: Alma Sophia Design (UK-based Norwegian jeweller Alma Sophia Grønli Geller) puts her own spin on a ubiquitous geometric form. Some remind me of Rotterdam's famous Cube Houses!

I also like these "Thumb Rings," designed to be played with by the thumb on the opposite hand (or same hand, if you have special talents).

Bonus link:
Quartz and white gold cube ring by Brazil's Fernando Maculan.

Also admiring:
Cube and ball necklaces by Australia's Not Tuesday (Rachel Wightman).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All that glitters is not gold. It's resin, filled with tons of fun, sparkly bits, and it's made by UK designer Jen Cheema.

Bonus link:
Glitter rings from Massachusetts' Popko (who actually specialize in butterfly wings).

Also admiring:
Glitter earrings from Pennsylvania's Starlight Woods (Lisa DiSciascio).

Monday, August 25, 2014

French jeweller Zelda Passini presents a simple yet distinct aesthetic with her collection of handmade rings (and earrings) featuring circles and chains.

Bonus link:
A chain of circles from Brooklyn's Passerine (Jamie Wrubel Proust).

Also admiring:
Semicircle on a chain by Oregon's New Refined Basics (Natalie Barela).

Friday, August 22, 2014

Say "I do" to Passionflower (Michigan's Susan McLeary), who makes gorgeous bridal jewellery out of my favourite type of plant: succulents. Not only do the rings stay fresh for 3-4 weeks, but you can plant them afterwards to keep indefinitely!

Bonus link:
Cactus ring by New York's Katie Johnston.

Also admiring:
Plants in resin by Japan's Michicusa (yes, that's broccoli).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When it's sweltering, it's time to break out the fans. Geometric fanning rings above by Portugal's Ana Pina.

"Geo" rings by the UK's Sophie Marsden.

Fanning designs from Puerto Rico's Teresa Arana.

Bonus link:
Paper fan ring by South Africa's Hahn Jewellery (Jackie Hahn).

Also admiring:
Gorgeous work from the UK's Ruth Conway.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Modern design, the old-fashioned way: Australia's Mabel (formerly My Mother Mabel) makes laminated acrylic and plywood rings by hand from salvaged materials, no lasercutters or moulds involved.

Bonus link:
Recycled skateboard wood ring by Missouri's Kira Terrey.

Also admiring:
Recycled skateboard bangle by the UK's Thrashion.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I think the semicircle got short shrift in the naming department. We don't call rectangles "partialsquares," do we? Anyway, I'm sure this semicircle knucklecap ring doesn't mind — it's too busy looking cool. Ring by Seattle's FARIS (Faris Du Graf).

Bonus link:
Semicircles definitely do NOT get short shrift from French jeweller Argument (Anne-Sophie Chhim).

Also admiring:
"Halfsies" brass cuff by L.A.'s Twenty Two Hours (Brooke Woosley).

Monday, August 18, 2014

UK-based Jun Xie is inspired by traditional Chinese knitting and knots but likes to experiment beyond just red with non-traditional colours (and, I would add, non-traditional ring shapes!).

Bonus link:
Tassel ring by French jeweller Celine H2o.

Also admiring:
Giant knot necklaces by Australia's Maryann Talia Pau.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Five in a Flash, feline edition, starting with this ferocious tiger from Japan's Relax.

"High Courtesan" kitty from L.A.'s Hierophant.

Perhaps the only feline + panda ring I've ever seen, by Japan's EmiriA (Emiri Miura).

Going minimal: Montreal's Mohawki (Hélène Gallant-Roberge).

Finally, not a cat, but the most feline-faced primate of them all, the loris! Because who doesn't love a loris (putting aside the whole "venomous" thing)? Rings by Violet Darkling (UK-based New Zealander Louisa Richwhite).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

These flowers are no shrinking violets. For jewellery that doesn't shy away from drama, visit Prague-based Janja Prokić.

Bonus link:
Glass violet ring by Japan's Sugahara.

Also admiring:
Leather camelia necklace by Stories2Wear (Ioanna Galanomati) of Greece.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

While these lasercut birch rings may look like adorable, miniature vintage snowshoes, the story behind them is much less blithe. Entitled "A Portrayal of Composure," the collection "visually describes the escalation and constrained, trapped feeling of fear, emulated through layering and precision cut caged design." Read on by visiting the designer, England's Harriet Rose Knight.

Bonus link:
More lasercut birch (and a neat take on the heart ring) from Scotland's Runaway Fox.

Also admiring:
Cool lasercut plywood from Miren Lasnier of France.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

UK artist Sophie Symes "humanizes" real silk cocoons by adding windows, turning them into tiny homes. (But don't peek inside — they're probably changing.)

Bonus link:
Tiny home with windows from Japanese wirework artist Michika Yamada.

Also admiring:
Window brooches by Australian jeweller Michelle Taylor.

Monday, August 11, 2014

These rings combine star signs with birthstones. Of course, it doesn't work if you were born in the last week of a given month — but I never liked my birthstone, anyway.

If fantasy's your thing, Thailand's Matina Amanita will also be your thing.

Bonus link:
Zodiac constellation rings from Arizona's Zenned Out (Cassandra Uhl).

Also admiring:
Star sign necklaces from Japan's Musique.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just a few pieces from Elaine Ho's ring-a-day series. And you know what ring-a-day abbreviates to: RAD. (You may remember the Montreal jeweller from but that site is now defunct.)

Bonus link:
Another RAD ring from Texas' Bueno Bueno.

Also admiring:
A rad necklace by California's Kula Kai (Cheryl Caveney).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

No need to eavesdrop — Greek jeweller Rallou Katsari will gladly tell you all about her "Eavesdrop" ring series in gold- and rhodium-plated silver.

Bonus link:
More rhodium-plated silver from Australia's Vama Couture (Priyanka Doshi).

Also admiring:
Rhodium-plated silver "city" bracelet by Eternal Elegance of Greece.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Inspired by such things as medieval imagery and Japanese oni demons, New York-based Makoto Chiba brings the dark, detailed, divinely-crafted drama.

Bonus link:
More Japanese inspiration: kokeshi doll ring by Toronto's Shilo Rapp.

Also admiring:
Koi pendants by Argentina's Heidi Jalkh.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chicago's Gahee Kang encourages you to fill in the blank — with a wildflower! The "Spring" ring, which comes with a flower-threading how-to, "inspires children to go outside and find beauty in nature." Don't miss the Chicago designer's other projects, like the mug drawer and cake plates.

Bonus link:
Got allergies? Go with Indiana's Karrie Harbart, who's all about plastic.

Also admiring:
Gold "daisy clover" cuff by French jeweller Ambre & Louise.

Monday, August 4, 2014

I've been doodling wrong my whole life. Like, with a pen. These are the "crochet doodles" of the UK's Hannah-May Chapman.

Above: her "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" rings.

Bonus link:
More crochet rings from Toronto's Peaqo (Lesley Gifford).

Also admiring:
Crochet necklace by Hong Kong's Cecilia Ma.

Friday, August 1, 2014

These may look like beaded rings but sharp-eyed techies will know they're actually diodes!

Japan's Sanomono does "geek cute" with LEDs, resistors, switches and more.

Bonus link:
The Sesame Ring uses tech to let Boston commuters ride the T without a pass.

Also admiring:
3D-printed USB bangles from L.A.'s VILNVIXN
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