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Monday, February 29, 2016

A leap day means an extra 24 hours to wait before the arrival of May, let alone summer. To tide us over, here's Tennessee's Lindsay Walker and her "May" and "Sommer" rings. Also check out her site for some cool angular necklaces.

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More vertical silver from New York's Pilar Olaverri.

Also admiring:
Necklace by German jeweller Daniela Osterrieder.

Friday, February 26, 2016

I couldn't hate these if I tried: rings by Uruguay's HOMINI Studio.

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More black granules from Montreal's Argent Tonic (Aaron Maya).

Also admiring:
Cool hoops from Massachusetts jeweller Dev Bennett.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: composed lines from South Africa's Lané Vorster.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Einstein may have anticipated those newly-discovered gravitational waves but did he see these Nebula rings coming? No, seriously, did he? I wouldn't put space-time manipulation past the man. Rings by French jeweller Constance Guisset.

Bonus link:
Precious little side-star ring by Japan's littleK.

Also admiring:
Starburst earring by Japan's Lamie.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Some nice organic metal & gems from Australia's Aphra Ellen. I feel like if I keep scratching away at the metal, more and more gems will appear, like peeling away the foil from a chocolate.

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More organic metal & gems from Australia's Michelle Cangiano.

Also admiring:
Silver and amethyst earrings by Georgia's Whitney Banks.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tasty, but missing a little...

...salt? Ah, there we go. Rings, including this "Impossible Ring" in salt, wood and more, by Italy's Maya Sabbatini.

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"Vegan" ring from Italy's Loroetu in collaboration with Paola Maugeri.

Also admiring:
Japanese food jewellery by Australia's Ichi Knee (Grace Tankard).

Friday, February 19, 2016

While the burnt match rings are cool...'s this other work that's really got me captivated. See it all by visiting Slovenia's olgafacesrok (jewellery designer Olga Košica, whose solo work I featured here, and graphic designer Rok Marinšek).

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Another intricate bluebird by France's Morphée.

Also admiring:
Bluebird necklace by the UK's Emma Hedley.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ring-Free Thursday: striking metalwork from Germany's Katrin Feulner.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A little whimsy and a lot of printed acrylic go into the creations of Japan's Kanako Higashine, whose Conoco Accessories is named for the delicacy that is salted sea-cucumber gonads (bet you didn't see that one coming).

Bonus link:
"Sorrow Fly" ring by Finland's Leena Isotalo.

Also admiring:
Lasercut plywood moth by the UK's Naomi Greaves.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

These rings are like Tic Tacs: perfect for when you want just a little hit of something cool. Rings by MDG Jewellery (UK-based Canadian designer Meg DeGraaf).

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Another snake ring by Japan's Journey Through the Stars.

Also admiring:
Mixed metal snake necklace by California's Leah Aripotch.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Manual labours of love: rings from the "HandMe" collection by Italy's anGostura (Giulia Tavani).

Bonus link:
Ring of feet by Texas metalsmith Roxana Tuff.

Also admiring:
Hand bracelet by De Petra, also of Texas.

Friday, February 12, 2016

When it comes to microbes, my approach is to not approach them at all. The UK's Victoria Shennan, however, takes a cerebral approach, with conceptual pieces that explore our relationship with the tiny organisms. Visit her site for details (and many other projects).

Bonus link:
"Soap Bubbles" ring by Israel's Bleecker & Prince (Leehe Segal).

Also admiring:
E.coli brooch in fused glass by Maryland's Trilobite Glassworks (Jane Hartman).

Thursday, February 11, 2016

For Ring-Free Thursday, a sampling from plant- and pattern-obsessed Australian duo Peaches + Keen (metalsmith Lucy Hearn and graphic designer Lily Daley).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The UK's by emily (Emily Sidwell, self-proclaimed "duchess of artful accessories"), draws on literature, the English countryside and her background as a painter to create lovely, lively jewellery.

Bonus link:
Running hare ring by A Wolf and I, also from the UK.

Also admiring:
Lamb necklace by the Netherlands' &Klevering.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Among the lesser-known skateboarding manoeuvers is "the recycle," which is what Italy's Simone Frabboni performs to create these rings.

While you're visiting, don't miss his resin heart pendants!

Bonus link:
More recycled skateboards from California's Everskate (Lucas Klein).

Also admiring:
Recycled skateboard pendant by Arizona's R3 SK8 (Laura Page).

Monday, February 8, 2016

Denmark-based Japanese jeweller Kaori Juzu achieves a wonderful blending of colours in her enamel work, which is only hinted at in these rings. Check out her site for the full array of brooches and pendants to see more.

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Another pod ring from Sweden's Jenny Kaberg.

Also admiring:
Enamel earrings by Vancouver's Patsy Kay Kolesar, whose work I got to see in person thanks to a kind invitation!

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you only read my blog on Fridays, you might start to think this were a blog dedicated to circus jewellery. Arkansas metalsmith Carrie Crocker is the artist behind these "Human Cannonball" rings, as well as other fantastic objects like circus-ticket tea strainers (obviously, a must-see).

Bonus link:
Pretzel ring by New York's Cirque Jewels.

Also admiring:
Trapeze artist necklace by California's Kim Eric Lilot.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

For Ring-Free Thursday #4, check out Norway's Annika Isaksson Pirtti. And I thought jewellery got under my skin! Do not visit if you're particularly squeamish (though I am, and it didn't bother me too much).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Some lovely sculptural rings in nylon and durus by Pennsylvania's Natalie Kerrigan.

Bonus link:
More nylon and durus from Desiree Cavalancia, also of Pennsylvania.

Also admiring:
Nylon and durus bracelet by Ohio's Colleen C. Terry.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"BLNK is a ring for those who question what rings are and how they are meant to be seen." So says Georgia's Joshua Dycus, who designed this piece to be worn more like a finger cuff than an encircling ring.

Bonus link:
Silver finger cuff by New York's Katya Bassil.

Also admiring:
"Genus" cuff by South Africa's Kirsten Goss.

Monday, February 1, 2016


...or woven, Oregon's Oru (Agnieszka Zoltowski) turns to seed beads for inspiration.

Bonus link:
Seed bead ring by Minnesota's Iris Elm.

Also admiring:
Beaded snake bracelet by Greek jeweller Zoe Kompitsi
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