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Friday, November 28, 2014

Do you love stop signs? Think August is the best month? Still have your old Willie Mitchell Canucks jersey? Then you have a kindred spirit in Kuwait's Octium Jewelry (husband & wife Fahad Al Hajiri & Alanood M. Al Sabah). Eight-sided shapes, often elongated for a distinctive touch, are at the heart of their modern but classic pieces.

Bonus link:
Find the much less common heptagon at the UK's Kattri.

Also admiring:
Heptagonal pendant by Spain's Rosa Tejada.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Is there a theme here? I dot know what you're talking about.

Ring on top by Japan's Tomoe Nakamichi.

Row 1, L-R:
   · Brooklyn's Diament Jewelry
   · Australia's Belinda Saville
   · Pennsylvania's Kimberly A. Helder
Row 2:
   · the UK's Matthew Calvin
   · the UK's The Lipstick Diaries
   · Japan's Perché?
Row 3:
   · the UK's Ottoman Hands
   · Spain's Sansoeurs
   · the UK's Bam-B

Bonus link:
If you're strictly silver, Australia's Kingsway has these stacking rings.

Also admiring:
Large disc "Luna" pendant by L.A.'s Sheri Beryl.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

While yesterday's rings show off the natural beauty of wood, today's show off the beauty of paint. On wood. Visit Germany's Lilian Syrigou for fun, quirky pieces with an emphasis on colour, dancers and tea!

Bonus link:
Painted wood on brass wire from Italy's Valentina Rivelli.

Also admiring:
Painted wood earrings by Australia's Jessie Willow Tucker.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Using natural organic...

...natural inorganic...

...and manmade materials, Sweden's Dionisis Chalikias creates chunky, contemporary rings in minimalist shapes. (He and Sofia Sipsa are the duo behind Muchö.) Pictured above are rings in wood, marble and concrete.

Bonus link:
Denmark's Thorning Astrup (Niels Astrup) puts concrete and wood together in the same ring.

Also admiring:
Concrete and steel, symbolizing urban decay, from the UK's Peter William Clark.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A touch of Magid: These photos don't really do justice to the work of New York's Sarah Magid, who's designed for J.Crew, Marc Jacobs and Coach, among others. Check out her whole collection to appreciate the array of colourful/metallic split cones and triangles.

Bonus link:
"Coin de triangle" ring by the UK's Ruth Hollywood.

Also admiring:
Clean triangular earrings by Japan's Väli.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Where there's a frog...

...there's a princess. But this one's already got her prince (and her glass slipper).

Check out Japan's Pokefasu for whimsical acrylic jewellery, as well as uniquely adorable embroidered brooches. And I don't mean "unique" in the overused, incorrect sense, but in the "aunties doing housework and badgers wearing hoodies" sense.

Bonus link:
Official Disney Cinderella stackable four-ring set (currently sold out).

Also admiring:
An alternative to a glass slipper from Kurt Geiger, available on their Shoeaholics site.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In case of emergency, break porcelain.

Swedish designer Sofia Winberg protects us from harm with "dangerously sharp points" hidden under "bone China strong enough to be durable but thin enough to be deliberately broken" when needed.

Bonus link:
Can't break the porcelain dome if it's not there to begin with! Empty ring by Germany's Juliane Blank.

Also admiring:
Broken ceramic plates turned into brooches by Italy's Marta Lavinia Carboni.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

That book isn't a mere photography prop — it's the basis of this entire collection. The UK's Alighieri Jewellery (Rosh Mahtani) was "inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy; each piece corresponds to one of the poet's 100 poems."

Bonus link:
A ring inspired by some more contemporary writing, available at the UK's Literary Emporium.

Also admiring:
The UK's Rachel Codd makes ceramic jewellery based on poems, like this Keats Faery Song bracelet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

From modern day talismans to Romani symbols (which I grew up knowing as "hobo signs")... psychedelic cats, Brooklyn's Laura Busony is all about design that's "equal parts mystical and playful."

Bonus link:
More modern talismans, nicely crafted, from the UK's Rebus.

Also admiring:
Another three-eyed cat, this time from Leviticus Jewelry (Tara Levitin) of Texas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Five in a Flash: Say What?
Up first: some messages from Snark Factory of Texas.

"House Parties" ring by Japan's Rodeo Crowns.

Alter ipse amicus ("a friend is another self") by Japan's GDC.

"Love/Hate" and "Saint/Sinner" rings by L.A.'s Tawnie & Brina (Tiffany Ryann).

Know a runner? Triathlete? Maybe even a fugitive? Arizona's Craig Dabler has the perfect gift.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Brash, colourful, and evocative of tattoos — it's the Miley collection by Spain's Bimba Y Lola!

Bonus link:
Classic "mom" tattoo ring by Colorado's Juicy Lucy.

Also admiring:
Tattoo necklace by the UK's Dollydripp.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Light and diaphanous, these are the exact opposite of yesterday's rings. For pretty pastel pieces, visit Japan's Mizuiro to Siro ("Light Blue and White"), aka designer Emika Wada.

Bonus link:
The UK's Billie M Vigne skips the pastels and goes for primary colours.

Also admiring:
Adorable ice cream earrings by Japan's Marumi03, pastel queen (check the brooches!).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I think any ring can be unisex but here are some made specifically for men. It's Five in a Flash, Fellows edition! Above: double rings by Toronto's Vitaly (Shane Vitaly Foran).

Dragon and lion from the Bali-based brand with Canadian roots, John Hardy.

Wood and onyx rings by Seattle's Do the Extraordinary.

3D-printed zipper and tread rings by New York's Gothamsmith.

Signet ring from New York-based Fonderie 47, who commissions jewellers to make pieces out of recycled AK-47s as part of an effort to remove the weapons from Africa. The ring above is by one of my all-time favourites, Philip Crangi.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Great grates! Architecture is a common theme in jewellery but I've yet to see anything quite like these window grate rings. The metal patterns on "brick" are just fantastic! (The bracelet versions are excellent, too.)

For more, including some great work with corrugated metal, check out Yung-huei Chao, one of the artists who make up Taiwan collective Meta'Metal.

Bonus link:
A simpler window ring by Japan's Papillonner.

Also admiring:
"Window" necklace by Pennsylvania's Audra Azoury, a current fave.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Australia's Nadine Treister might leave you with a hollow feeling, but in a good way. Her "contemporary reinterpretations" of the signet ring can be personalized upon request.

Bonus link:
Hollow ring by Israel's Yafa (Yafit Ben Mesholam).

Also admiring:
Hollow pendant by North Carolina metalsmith Molly Sharp.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Japan's Little Raymond is a lot of fun.

Bonus link:
Another unicorn ring (or the skull thereof, at least) by Pennsylvania's 3D Printed Skull.

Also admiring:
Visit Japan's Bon Bijou and you, too, could be a girl with a pearl earring.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

UK jeweller Anna Byers does geometric shapes in bold, thick lines, inspired by architectural patterns she saw during her time in Jerusalem.

Bonus link:
More (a lot more) geometric lines from Turkey's Anburis (Mine Bilgutay Özkurt).

Also admiring:
"Moving Mountains" ear cuff by the UK's Annaliese Foster.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesdays — indeed, life itself — are always improved by purple llamas.

For cute creatures, but also more serious ceramic and metalwork, visit Denmark's Lann Kolpin.

Bonus link:
Llama double ring by Mexico's Reliquia Urbana / Un Cuervo (check out the chalk knuckleduster!).

Also admiring:
Enamelled llama necklace by Brooklyn's Rebeca Raney, for Madewell, a couple of years ago.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Inspired by chess knights...

...and queen bees, Hong Kong's Alex Tsai certainly holds court with me!

Bonus link:
It's a rare crown ring that doesn't circle the finger. These are by Italy's Arianna Svaicari.

And here's another by French jeweller Alphabeta...

...who also has the design available as a necklace or bracelet.

Monday, November 3, 2014

It's Botanica day, dead...

...or alive. Above: "Botanica Ring" in silver, copper, patina and burnt rice paper by Rhode Island's Danielle Straub, and titanium "Architectura-Botanica" ring with air plant by Virginia's Xerøspace (Natalia Wozniak).

Bonus link:
"Botanica" rings by California's Baxter Moerman.

Also admiring:
"Architectura" necklace by Serbia's rRradionica
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