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Monday, August 31, 2015

Saying goodbye to yet another August with these geometric lens rings by Japan's Kiyoaki Tashiro.

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Titanium "Mechanical Iris" by Georgia's Boone Rings.

Also admiring:
Camera lens pendant by Singapore's MyResinJewelry.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash: Tiny Touches of Blue. Above: double gem "Flip" ring by Cambodian-Australian jeweller Jane Heng.

"Wrap" ring by Japan's Muresi.

Enamelled stacking ring by Colorado's NellMarie.

Three-stone ring by Poland's Arpelc (Arkadiusz Pelc).

"Mini Granule" ring with sapphire by Australia's Marina Antoniou.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rings (and a bracelet) from UK jeweller Jan Rooney's "Japan" collection, inspired by the time she spent at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo. It's best to see the collection as a whole, so check out her site — and view her "India/Morocco" and "Mexico" collections while you're there, too.

Bonus link:
New Orleans native Suz Somersall also has a Morocco-inspired collection.

Also admiring:
Acrylic knot brooches by Japan's Kyoko Kurooka.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I haven't shown you much here but visit French artist Sébastien Carré (start with the "About" section) and I promise you will find a most striking collection with a most surprising inspiration!

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Black agate knuckleduster by UK jeweller Sanni Flakenberg.

Also admiring:
Gorgeous seedbead necklaces by Czech jeweller Katerina Handlova (must be seen full-size!).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The only papier-mâché I have experience with involves popping a balloon at the end, so these floral beauties by Italy's PeggyArte are somewhat of a (quiet) revelation.

Bonus link:
Quilled paper ring by Paper Spirals of Greece.

Also admiring:
Paper bangles by Turkey's Perix (Tonka Zorluer).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Japan's Jouet (Saki Nishisaka & Daichi Fuwa) just screams quiet understatement. So to speak.

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Another faceted metal ring by New York's Amy Kreiling.

Also admiring:
Earrings with pearls and facets by Japan's Aperites Design.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Likes its namesake object, Japan's Prism shows us all the colours.

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Glow-in-the-dark ring by KandiKookiez of Kansas.

Also admiring:
Porcelain pendant by Pennsylvania's StitchPrism (Kelly Anne Mifflin).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The kara of "karate" and "karaoke" are the same Japanese word: "empty" (te is "hand" while oke is short for "orchestra"). Though pronounced differently, the kanji for kara is also the kanji for "sky" (sora). This has been another installment of Japanese Lessons You Never Asked For. Now please enjoy these "Empty" rings by Australia's Carl Noonan.

Bonus link:
Ouija planchette ring from the UK's Empty Casket Jewellery.

Also admiring:
"Full & Empty" pendant by Greek jeweller B | tal.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The "Balance" series "takes on the aesthetic of balance and weighing scales; intending to create sculptural objects for the body. Extra weighted forms can be added to the jewellery sections, both increasing the physical weight and value."

To see more, visit the UK's Emily Goodaker.

Bonus link:
"Balance" ring with moonstone by Idaho's Jamison Rae.

Also admiring:
"Balance" earrings by Arizona's Mara Friedland (who has lots of colourful pieces, as well).

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Silver and colour, sliced and squared, by Silvia Rossi of Italy. My favourite is the "Tuileries" collection — be sure to check it out!

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More rings with slices... of watermelon. By the UK's Sri McKinnon.

Also admiring:
Agate slice necklaces by the UK's Amanda Wakeley.

Monday, August 17, 2015

These rings were inspired by branches — of the cardiac variety. Norwegian artist Nanna Melland used the lost wax technique, except with actual pig veins in lieu of the wax. As she says, "The rings become precious and wearable, contrary to the impermanent nature of flesh and stands as a reminder." Visit her site for much more.

Bonus link:
Pig ring by New Zealand's I Am WoRm.

Also admiring:
Glossy heart necklace by Germany's Marlene Beyer.

Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm getting a Philip Crangi vibe, which can only mean that I love these rings by Los Angeles jeweller Nancy Newberg. Every piece is modern but timeless, special but everyday-appropriate. There's more than just rings, so spend some time exploring!

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Another oxidized cagey ring from Spain's Berta Riera Ruiz.

Also admiring:
Black wooden pearl necklace by Sweden's Langaeble.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I didn't think she made rings but, happily, I found these awesome pieces way at the end of Lucy Sarneel's gallery. While they're nice on their own, I was also glad to see them because they give me a reason to point you toward the Dutch artist's more recent work, a fantastic array of colour, wood and zinc. Here's a little preview:

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Chair ring by New York's Miss Ellie (Ellie Mathias).

Also admiring:
Miniature director's chair necklace by California's Nanette Jordan.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's guess-the-inspiration time again. Here's a hint: these rings might make good neighbours.

Yep: fences! Specifically, communist-era fences from Slovakia, where Jan Turzo grew up.

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Diamond picket fence band by Lebanese-born Sylva Yepremian of Sylva & Cie.

Also admiring:
3D-printed fence pendant by Indiana's Layers By Design.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I like that the nickname for "Dorothy" is "Dot." Sorry, Dor, you just weren't meant to be. For all the dots out there, here are some rings by Ohio's Emily R Studio (Emily Roetzel).

More dots from Pennsylvania's Wes & Gold (Wes Glebe).

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A sprinkling of dots from Brooklyn's Claire Kinder Studio.

Also admiring:
Brass "Barat" cuff by New York's Arcos (Allison Cannarsa).

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Monday Five in a Flash, Holey Moly edition, starting with Taiwan's Min-Ling Hsieh

Glass "Mayu" ring by Japan's HARRYS (Koto Tsuchiya).

"KX" ring by Mexico's Tane.

"Ambre" ring by Denmark's Frk. Lisberg (Helle Lisberg).

Perforated rings by Brooklyn's Bond Hardware.

Friday, August 7, 2015

One look at these and I'm convinced colour has no place in jewellery. Check out Greek jeweller Ioanna Souflia and her exquisite work in black gold, black diamonds and white marble.

Bonus link:
Another type of marble ring from Arizona's Got All Your Marbles?

Also admiring:
Stained glass diamond necklaces by Japan's Marblefab (Noemi Tajima).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The UK's Hoonik Chang "imagines a fictional princess whose repertoire of jewellery bridges the gap between contemporary luxury fashion and Korean custom." Be sure to check out the rest of the pieces, as well as the conceptual work!

Bonus link:
Jade ring by Korean jeweller Juefang Yang.

Also admiring:
Stunning paper jewellery by Jimin Kim, based on memories of growing up in South Korea.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Some more lacy metal today, but with a tougher vibe, from the UK's Carol Wiseman.

Bonus link:
White gold lace ring by Slovenia's Capucinne (Maya Rolc Majeric).

Also admiring:
Lace and metal earrings by Poland's Dorota Krzeszewsa.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Greek jeweller Maria Tsimpiskaki has a knack for making metals look fragile and delicate. And gorgeous.

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More lacy metal from the UK's Ebba Goring.

Also admiring:
Lacy bracelets from Cristina Cárdenas.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Greek designer Superlora (Ariadne Kapelioti) 3D-prints molecular jewellery based on circle theorems.

If you're more of an S than an M when it comes to STEM fields, she also has a collection based on the tilt of the earth's axis!

Bonus link:
3D-printed circle ring by Brooklyn's OBJCTS.

Also admiring:
Molecular earrings by Poland's Słyszę Jak Pachniesz
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