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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Something a little different
for my last post of the year:
no rings!

Instead, enjoy the fantastic work of Germany's Tabea Reulecke.

As always, thanks so much for reading.
Have a Happy New Year and see you in 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's a magical time of year for many. Let Monvatoo London make it just a bit more magical with their fantastical jewellery featuring dragons, castles, unicorns and more.

Bonus link:
Beautifully detailed castle ring by Dutch metalsmith Joris van Hooff.

Also admiring:
Awesome brass "unicorn twin" necklace by New York's Bisjoux (Belgian born Karin Koenig).

Friday, December 19, 2014


Not on this blog! I'm flat out nuts about these rings by Sweden's Linnea Eriksson, who takes street art and spray paint as a point of inspiration. Don't miss her necklaces, where the spray technique is particularly effective.

Bonus link:
More urban flavour in the concrete rings of Israel's Shooohs (Sharon Shamay-Zehavi).

Also admiring:
Dripping paint necklaces from South Korea's Get Sweet HJ.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

You may never guess what this artist used to make a ring. But before we get to that, enjoy this one.

And this one.

And now, the mystery material. It's naturally occurring. It's clear but turns white with heat. You may have encountered some this morning. It's egg whites! To see much more, visit the UK's Felia Na Kang.

Bonus link:
Today, the egg came first. Buffalo chicken ring by Massachusetts' Casey's Mini Shop.

Also admiring:
Resin chicken pins by Japan's Rops.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As a former interior designer, Toronto's Holly Dyment clearly knows a thing or two about colour. Check out her exuberant collection of portrait rings, zodiac skulls, eyes & lips, and more.

Bonus link:
More colourful zodiac rings from Thai designer Pim Sukhahuta of Sretsis ("sisters" backwards).

Also admiring:
The UK's Vicki Sarge also embraces (embracelets?) colour.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frosty and icy to match the season: rings by Japan's MMAA (Mariko Maeda), who plays with translucency.

Bonus link:
"Cracked Ice II" by Toronto's Niki Kavakonis.

Also admiring:
"Imperial Ice" collection by Georgia-based Lauren Mechele (must be seen full-size!).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Girls, girls, girls!

Above: "gum" rings by Mexican artist Ivonna Buenrostro.

Porcelain ring by Temps Perdu (Belgium's Anneleen Hendrickx).

Rings by Spain's Kristina Sabaite, including one from her zodiac series.

Bonus link:
Schoolgirl in resin by Japan's Icecrin.

Also admiring:
Moth-girl pin by Japan's Doromidoro (Nana Kawanishi).

Friday, December 12, 2014

I don't think I've come across rings quite like these before (and I love it when I get to say that!). Check out Germany's Anna Auras for multihued rings featuring pigmented wood and claw settings, a collection she aptly calls "Acid Flowers."

Bonus link:
A colourless wooden ring from California's Lorraine Pennington & A.R. Pleis.

Also admiring:
More unpigmented wood from, ironically, Studio Bycolor of Japan.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If this attention to detail strikes you as being familiar, you might remember the tiger ring I posted in August. While I normally don't repeat designers, I had to give proper, uh, props to Count blue (Jiro Miura) — as it turns out, he's the one who made the ring for the Relax brand. The artist isn't just a jeweller but a sculptor extraordinaire of myriad animal figurines. The variety and skill are truly stunning.

I mean, naked mole rats, people!

Bonus link:
Gold leopard with onyx eyes by L.A.-based French jeweller Eddera.

Also admiring:
Cat pendant by Japan's Original Jewelry Pure.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's crystal day, thanks to Krystle Knight of Australia (even more styles on her site!).

Bonus link:
Crystal ring by Japan's Palmette.

Also admiring:
Herkimer quartz earrings by Wisconsin jeweller Sara Reynolds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

These coffee rings offer a hint at what you'll see if you visit Argentine-born Rodrigo Acosta (now based in Spain): not more comestable items, but more textile items — very interesting ones with a sartorial focus. Check them out!

Bonus link:
Scottish jeweller Ruth A. Morrison makes jewellery with that classic suiting textile, tweed.

Also admiring:
Chunky textile necklace by Japan's Take (the blog is "tayk" but the blogger is "Ta-keh").

Monday, December 8, 2014

Elegant minimalism from Australia's Ryan Storer. Rings also available with a single pearl.

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Another minimalist open ring with pearl by New York's MIRLO (Katherine Kim).

Also admiring:
Recycled sterling cuff with diamond dust by D.C.'s Aarti Gala.

Friday, December 5, 2014

If you're familiar with restaurants in Japan, you know the Japanese are experts at fake plastic food (for display, that is). Fake Food Hatanaka turns the art into jewellery, ranging from spaghetti carbonara to more home-grown treats like sweet glazed sesame potatoes and "omurice" (omelettes stuffed with fried rice). Don't miss the non-rings, either, including bacon and curry necklaces!

Bonus link:
Dollops of whipped cream, in metal, by Japan's [MI:izm] by Mitzy.

Also admiring:
Fruity earrings by Japan's Wishtaria, in collaboration with Laymee.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A ring made from the overlooked, seldom appreciated, often discarded metal of the jewellery world: solder!

And while resin rings might not need solder, electronic components usually do. Check out Japan's Denshibuhin-bu, who cleverly likens the tiny components inside gadgets to pearls hidden inside oysters.

Bonus link:
Speaking of resin and pearls, here's Japan's Fugalassa.

Also admiring:
Faceted pearl studs from Japan's Noue.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A church, a bakery, a water well: all things that a black cat might encounter while ambling through the streets of his old brickworked town. That was the cozy inspiration behind this collection from Japan's Etoile des neiges; for many more photos, go here.

Bonus link:
Black cat by Australia's Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree (Jacquie Rodemann).

Also admiring:
City street necklace by New York's Art is a Way (Elsa Mora).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yesterday we had horse hooves — today, horse armour, from Athens-based Elena Syraka.

Above: more armour rings, including one with a taxidermied scarab, by L.A.'s Lillian Shalom.

Bonus link:
Find more horse armour and other striking pieces at the UK's Cardinal of London (Luka Pasikowski).

Also admiring:
Heart-shaped horse pendant by New York's Jane A. Gordon.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The perfect gift for the flute-playing shepherd in your life: a ring shaped like Pan's hooves!

From mythological creatures to circus bears to pies and cupcakes (specifically raspberry and mint, respectively), check out the UK's ELé (Eléftheria Karela).

Bonus link:
Horse hooves ring by the UK's Khazimula Jewellery.

Also admiring:
More Greek mythology in these "Nyx" earrings by Italy's Maddalena Rocco
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