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Monday, December 21, 2015

⛄  Happy Holidays, Everyone!  ⛄
The blog will return in January after a short break.
As always, thanks for reading!

Many of us are probably doing a lot of shopping around now, even if it's just flour and butter for homemade cookies. That's why I'm going to end the year with the UK's Qiuyu Yang, whose "self-reflective journey" collections are "inspired by her hobby of clothes shopping" and a desire to "curb the buying 'addiction.'"

(Is it bad to ask where I can buy these?)

Bonus link:
"Luxury Bow 99p" ring by the UK's Kathleen Reilly.

Also admiring:
Stocking necklaces by playfully-named Kashimashi Omekashi (Japan's Yuka Kinugawa).

Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Five in a Flash: Holiday Hues
Above: felted Santa hat ring by the UK's Rebecca Kemp.

Green deer ring by Belgium's mariekeN meeuwssen.

Red ring by Toronto's Marie-Eve G. Castonguay.

Green resin ring, for use in archery, from California's Cinnabar Bow.

Christmas cake ring by Hugs & Kisses of Greece.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I didn't see any description for these rings but I'm getting a strong "inner workings of a sewing machine" vibe.

Visit New York-based Laurie J. Marshall for jewellery with an industrial touch.

Bonus link:
Sewing needle ring by Sweden's SilverBlueberry.

Also admiring:
Brooch, to be sewn onto clothing, by Finland's Nelli Tanner.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

From "Light, Shadow and Reflections"... architectural rings... this piece that gets its familiar shape from the "enter" key, I love the work of Czech jeweller Hana Polívková.

Bonus link:
Another squared ring by Germany's Achim Gersmann.

Also admiring:
"Hidden Shadow" brooch by the UK's Naomi Ni.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Real orange ring by Ohio's Rachel Suzanne Smith.

And real orange peel ring by Pennsylvania's Joshua Kosker. Be sure to visit both artists for lots more work, including copper lipsticks and brooches made with soap!

Bonus link:
Acrylic and amber ring by Poland's AmberVend.

Also admiring:
Orange slice earrings by Japan's Colorful Hand.

Monday, December 14, 2015

"A Weapon or a Tool: Objects for the Hand" by Pennsylvania's Nash Quinn. If you like these, check out the dueling set!

Bonus link:
Gold feather ring by Danish jeweller Stine A (Stine A. Johansen).

Also admiring:
Arrow feather earrings by Arizona-based Danish jeweller Sofie Albertsen.

Friday, December 11, 2015

These rings make a strong case for removing all crown jewels and replacing them with a coat of white.

See more by visiting Czech jeweller Maňa Berec.

Bonus link:
Blackened crown ring by Poland's Manari Design.

Also admiring:
Crown necklace by Louisiana's Beau & Stella (Marcie Banks).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Slovakian jeweller Andrea Ďurianová explores architectural spaces, classically-cut stones, and (not shown here but possibly my favourite), horse legs. Go see for yourself!

Bonus link:
Diamond ring by Japan's Nibi (Shinpei Yoshida).

Also admiring:
Diamond earrings by Massachusetts' Irina Victoria.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

You'd do this, too...

...if your ring were made of sugar. (And silicone and resin, but did I mention the sugar?) Check out the UK's Rosie Kimber and watch her transform pink opals, pigments, plated metals and more.

Bonus link:
Non-edible crystal ring by Australia's Tooth and Claw (Rikki Moore).

Also admiring:
More crystals from the UK's Only Child (Kelly Jackson).

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Colombian jeweller Laura Alvarado asks:

What if an infinite story was to be written in German by 200 different people on a paper roll? And the same story was to be cut into tiny pieces and packed in a 10ml-glass? Or 360° of the story would be inside a jewellery piece in a brooch-form or in a ring or a long necklace... what if you could buy a poem by meter... Why not have a new way of telling a story, a creative interaction with an experience; so I did.

She also makes, a lot, so go check out her varied and interesting portfolio.

Bonus link:
Custom stamped "secret message" ring by California's Mercurios (Mary-Jo Peritore).

Also admiring:
Shakespearean sonnet jewellery by the UK's Red Kyte.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Estonian jeweller Anneli Oppar's spacer rings fashioned out of brass, paint and... wine shelves.

Bonus link:
Recycled wine cork ring by New Jersey's Olive Bites (Cat Ivins).

Also admiring:
Cork-studded "Braillecelet" by California's Jack da Silva.

Friday, December 4, 2015

I absolutely love spinning tops and keep a few in a glass container on my shelf. Apparently, I should've been keeping them in my jewellery box.

Visit Estonian jeweller Annika Kedelauk for some seriously playful work.

Bonus link:
"Duett" rings with spinning outer by German jeweller Patrick Malotki.

Also admiring:
Plastic toy bracelet by French artist Carole Deltenre.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rings from the "Bagpipes & Memories" collection by Bulgaria's Dimitar Stankov. If you can't have bagpipes without a little haggis on the side, go on over to his "Newborn" collection, which features jewellery made of lamb tripe! (Think I can cram another Scottish stereotype into this post?)

Bonus link:
Tartan-inspired ring by New York's Ball and Chain Jewelry (Katrina Balling).

Also admiring:
"Sheeps Over the Gate" set by Norway's Hilde Dramstad, who has lots of fun pieces!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

These piled-up pigs (and the pin I couldn't resist posting) are part of a series representing the "farming of animals for food, excess and consumerism." But wait, there's more!, which you can see by visiting UK jeweller Caitlin Victoria Gregory-Thomas.

Bonus link:
"Angelic Piglet" ring by Slovenia's Sanda Vidmar.

Also admiring:
Flying pig necklace from the UK's Lily Charmed.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

German jeweller Beatrix Schmah's "Twins" series explores symmetry and asymmetry, contrasing concave and convex, open and closed shapes.

Bonus link:
Gemini ring by Las Vegas jeweller Micky Chase.

Also admiring:
Mayan calendar coin necklace by the UK's Twinface
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