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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The world is not your oyster.

The world is your ring! Rhode Island-based Chinese artist Anqi Li turns the world (or at least the ground beneath your feet) into a ring with her installed shanks. It's part of her "Ringless Fiction" series; check her site for more!

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Glass planet Earth rings by Japan's Jóia de Lequio.

Also admiring:
Map necklace by Japan's Hitomi Hashimoto (can you identify the country?).

Monday, March 30, 2015

I've never seen Jaws but I know where to go if I ever want to recreate the film with handpuppets. Check out "Bite" by Rhode Island-based Catherine Lee.

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"Bite Me" cast molar ring by Sweden's Matilda Kästel.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Friday Five in a Flash first: instead of five designers, all today's rings are by one sole person. There was just too much for a standard post! So let's begin. Above: fold-it-yourself plastic "Compo" box rings.




"Tříbarev" (Three Colours)

See all the above and more by visiting Czech jeweller Tereza Pavúčková.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Now that's my kind of bird. Page through the blog of Osaka's Zazie (Teruo Ueda) and you'll find lots of metalwork with anatomical and Japanese motifs, including the kanji rings above (bird, dog and fox, going counterclockwise from top).

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"Heart" ring by Japan's Factory Eden.

Also admiring:
Letter-carrying bird pendant by Japan's a.A.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Art jewellery and objects by L.A.-based Hannah Woodward, the person behind Adacus.

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More leather: belt rings from Thai Holy Cow, based in Ireland.

Also admiring:
Leather ribbons necklace by Greek jeweller Eleanna Katsira.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

These rings may look simple but you knew there was a "but" coming. "Bless Me From Dark" is a pair of whistle and lamp rings (notice the little wick) "made for when I walk on the streets late at night alone. They give me peace of mind [and] comfort me on my journey through the dark." That "I" is South Korean SCAD grad So Young Kim, who has several series well worth checking out!

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When not in danger, you can blow into this pan flute ring by Oregon's Beach Bones.

Also admiring:
The UK's Biluo Liu has lots more jewellery you can blow into.

Monday, March 23, 2015

As I sit and write about these Corvus corone rings, the crows outdoors are cawing in the fog, plotting wickedly. (Or maybe just shopping for a hostess gift. You can never tell. That's what makes them so evil.) If you love the feel of wandering into an antique shop, check out Japan's V. Sabrina and their assortment of curiosities.

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Another talon ring, this time from Spain's Inés Susaeta.

Also admiring:
Quail eggshell mosaic earrings by New York's Sara Glaberson.

Friday, March 20, 2015

What's even cooler is that there's a matching headpiece and bottompiece, all kinetic.

Visit Hong Kong's Playback Concept (Chan Po Fung) for industrial jewellery, as well as myriad interesting art pieces. (Each photo on the site links to its own section, so click away!)

Bonus link:
Gold screw wedding band by New York's OroSpot.

Also admiring:
Timing belt jewellery by the Netherlands' Luc Daamen.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cute alert: a cat and kitty ring for a parent and child!

Check out Japan's Ikuko Matsuo for a blast of colourful quirkiness that'll have you going:

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Not to be outdone are these puppy rings by Japan's Zui Design.

Also admiring:
Not sure if you can top windsurfing cats, though. To see tons more, visit Japan's Mishinotakukanito.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How do you like to dress your pasta? Red sauce? White sauce?

French jeweller Marie Debrinay likes to dress them with a dash of anthropomorphism so that they become veritable "characters." That's definitely some friendly farfalle.

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For dessert, say "I Do" to this cupcake engagement ring sculpture by Ohio's Kristen Cliffel.

Also admiring:
More carbs: croissant pin by Japan's Sae+Sumi Koru (Sae Hamada).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

These "Fictional Diamond" rings are part of a larger body of work by the UK's Laurie Schram, an artist who likes to turn coins on their heads — no, wait, tails! Here's a peek:

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For super pretty rings with non-fictional diamonds, see Japan's Kataoka.

Also admiring:
Pendant with disassembled diamond ring by Israel's Ya Jewelry (Abigail Youdim).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Five in a Flash, All Tied Up, starting with these pleasingly thick matte metal rings by Germany's Knotenschmuck.

Sailor's love knot rings by Oregon's Nested Yellow (Anna Vasquez).

Silver rope rings by Germany's Juliane Noack.

Chinese knot ring by Chinese knot jeweller Yuxin Yang.

One final rope ring from Italy's Enrica Prazzoli.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sentences. Can't even form them. The UK's Joanna Bury lasercuts perspex to create these etched-glass-like beauties. Love.

Bonus link:
Seaglass ring by the UK's Elizabeth Score.

Also admiring:
Fused glass and metal earrings by Illinois' Etta Kostick.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How do you wear this on your finger?

With a little help.

Seattle's Nina Raizel explores "the spaces between two bodies" in her "Tandem" collection.

You go check her out now, you hear?

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This ring uses its own two hands to carry the ball! By South Carolina's Omnia Oddities.

Also admiring:
A cluster of balls by Italy's Jamais Sans Toi.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You can already tell by these rings that Israel's Adi Lev doesn't do conventional jewellery. But her "Shape of Ink" collection is where she truly shines (just not literally, because it's all black). Here's a sneak peek:

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More black: recycled inner tubes from the UK's Clare Hannigan.

Also admiring:
Brooch with black patina by Irish jeweller Miriam Wade.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If yesterday showed one way to have time on your hands, here's another, sort of. Olivia M. Suffern's "Jason Bear" ring, from her "Childhood Toys" series, allows her to wear a reminder of another time in her life.

Also from that series is this cool "Printer's Board" ring; visit her site for more.

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My own childhood bears looked more like this Sanrio Rilakkuma ring, produced by Hong Kong's Lukfook.

Also admiring:
Japan's Port Rara has tons of kitschy toy and candy jewellery.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Never be without time on your hands. Or, at least, tiny imprints of the integers one through twelve, arranged in numerical order, which is just as good.

All rings above from "Perceptions of Time" by UK jeweller Chloe J Mellen — visit her site for more.

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Crazy about eights? Spain's Soul88Gallery has you covered in them.

Also admiring:
Coordinates necklace by Australia's Celia Davey.

Friday, March 6, 2015

These rings, made of wires and LEDs, don't just talk the talk.

They walk the watts.

Put a little jolt in your day and check out Moscow native Leonid Dementiev.

Bonus link:
Red light bike reflector ring by Color Treasures of Greece.

Also admiring:
LED pendant by Germany's Section9Gear.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I like how these matte, two-tone rings are classic but not run-of-the-mill. See more at Japan's Uma Jewel.

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I'm also liking the modern classic style of DC's Jimin Jamie Park.

Also admiring:
Modern, matte metal from the UK's Sarah Straussberg.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I thought these were made of wood. Turns out they're actually paper... which is made from wood. So was I really wrong? Yes. Check out these rings and more by visiting the UK's Sylvia Zhang.

Bonus link:
"Paper Folds" stacking silver rings by California's Bless the Theory.

Also admiring:
31 Bits has recycled paper jewellery made by women in Uganda.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I like how the inspiration here isn't immediately obvious, but is un-seeable once you hear it: the UK's Nicola Chan based these rings on the pommel of a sword, turning something with a long masculine tradition into a design for women.

Bonus link:
Knife ring by Greek jeweller Potnia.

Also admiring:
Sword necklace by New York's Dueling.

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's been a while. It's time. It's Five in a Flash. First up is this trio of translucent horn rings by Scottish jeweller Terri Campbell.

Shiny U rings by the UK's Uribe (Sion & Tiffany Phillips).

Ovary planter ring by the UK's Zixinhui Zhao.

Masked cat ring from cute French jeweller Hop Hop Hop.

Oxidized copper whole-hand ring by Hazel Clarrie Baker of Wales.

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