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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MOTH / Hakan Aktuğ / Oh, Bother / Corazon de Galleta

If there was an ante on pencil crayon rings, MOTH just upped it. Check out Indonesian fashion designer Larasati Dewangga Putri and her label, which stands for "Minority Object That Happens" (and watch the making-of video while you're at it).

If you prefer the minimalist route, there's this pencil crayon ring from Turkey's Hakan Aktuğ.

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Pencil crayon rings with acrylic from the UK's Oh, Bother.

Also admiring:

Pencil crayon brooch from Spain's Corazon de Galleta (Ariadna Mateu).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lestie Lee / Livia Kerr / Antonio Bernardo

Diamonds within diamonds from London's Lestie Lee. Also available with pearls, but what fun is that?

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Another diamond-within-a-diamond from Brazil's Livia Kerr.

Also admiring:

Diamond cage pendant bracelet from Brazil's Antonio Bernardo.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zuzana Kynčlová / Sara fell

I could make you scroll down for a few more minutes or I could just direct you to the website of Czech jeweller Zuzana Kynčlová (when you're there, be sure to click each image for even more images). Needless to say, I'm Golluming.

Also admiring:

Glass pendant by the UK's Sara fell.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

M. de Phocas / Facile / The Hairy Growler

I love this jeweller — and not because of any vegetative bias.

It's because of rings like "Pigs & Wolf."

And non-rings like this human cannonball. I think you'll love them, too. Check out M. de Phocas, joint venture of Alexis Zambrano and Jesus Torres, who were childhood friends growing up in Mexico before reuniting in New York.

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"Porco" ring by Japan's Facile (Takashi Kojima).

Also admiring:

Flying pig spoon-turned-brooch from The Hairy Growler (the UK's Les Martinez-McCune).

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Berta Sumpsi / Ida Callegaro / Annelie Gross

Rings already course through my veins, but thanks. This brass piece by Spain's Berta Sumpsi is based on an object from the 1564 book Les dix livres de chirurgie by Ambroise Paré, one of the fathers of surgery. Visit her site for lots of interesting work!

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"Life Therapy" pill rings by Italy's Ida Callegaro.

Also admiring:

Orthopedic pieces from "Defects" by UK designer Annelie Gross.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Kathleen Browne / Hart-Variations / Alexandra Louise

Well, this certainly doesn't help my butterfly phobia.

In the Sensum/Sensorium series, "photographic images of the human sensory organs such as eyes, ears, and hands" are "fashioned into butterflies, moths and beetles that are to read as scientific specimens, which present themselves for close examination." To see and read more, visit Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry department at Ohio's Kent State University.

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Real butterfly wings from California's Hart-Variations (Katie J. Evans).

Also admiring:

Chrysalis pendant from the UK's Alexandra Louise.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Marzo / Michaela Gorcová / Cloelea / Anne Ten Donkelaar

Birds freak me out. Insects freak me out. Thus, being the most bird-like insects, butterflies doubly freak me out. Wings alone, though, I can handle, especially when they look as nice as these "delicate air" rings by Japan's Marzo (Ikumi Shirayama).

Czech jeweller Michaela Gorcová has more pretty wings.

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One more butterfly wing from UK-based French jeweller Cloelea.

Also admiring:

Butterflies in bubbles from Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Nicole Schuster / François Azambourg / Pippin Blackwell

Too bad I just played my spinning Homer card last week because I am losing my mind over these tubular rings by German jeweller Nicole Schuster! And there are so many! It's like I mouse-clicked on the piñata of my dreams. Treat yourself and take a look!

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Ring with tube of pasta by French furniture designer François Azambourg.

Also admiring:

Tubular pendant by Australia's Pippin Blackwell.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cova Ríos / Lisa Stephen / Marie Godfrey

Spain's Cova Ríos shows an appreciation of colour, shape, and portmanteaus with the "MeTaCRiLaTO" collection.

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Silver bar ring by the UK's Lisa Stephen.

Also admiring:

Bar pendant by England's Marie Godfrey.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Yukié Deuxpoints / Sirciam / Jane Basch

A ring-loving optimist sees this as a ring worn lower than most, not a bracelet worn higher than most. (Besides, I'm pretty sure anything on that side of the wrist is ring-territory by law in most jurisdictions.)

Visit Paris-based Yukié Deuxpoints for a gorgeous mix of organic metal and crystals.

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L.A.'s Sirciam makes "forefinger" rings to be worn higher than usual.

Also admiring:

Whether you're feeling high or low, Florida's Jane Basch has an "emo" necklace to match.

Coma / Mar Sánchez / Granello / Karafuru

PC LOAD PEARL: pearl beads printed with quaint animals, from Japan's Coma. If you could just go ahead and check them out, that would be greaaaaat. They're better than 37 pieces of flair.

While we've got office spaces on the mind, this embedded staple ring (with staple-y shank!) by Spain's Mar Sánchez is probably not an ode to Gareth's stapler, but I'm going to take it that way. Visit her site for plenty more, including a series based on Invisible Cities. (When I started this post with Mike Judge, I did not see myself ending with Italo Calvino.)

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"Pebbly Crown" ring with pearls from Japan's Granello (Akiko Ishida).

Also admiring:

Hand-painted pearls from Japan's Karafuru.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yurika / Sara Gunn / Isabelle Posillico

See-through cities and simple shapes from Costa Rica's Yurika (Kimberly Yurica Herrera).

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Rings photo-etched with city buildings by UK jeweller Sara Gunn.

Also admiring:

"Double City" bangle by California's Isabelle Posillico.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ramiko / Beryl Dingemans / Michelle Chang

I try to use him sparingly but these rings have pushed me over the edge — break out the spinning Homer (even better with sound)! That's how excited I am about the "Zoo" collection by Japan's Ramiko (Hiroko Kitabayashi). Woop woop!

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"Mindful Monkey" ring by Dutch jeweller Beryl Dingemans.

Also admiring:

Penguin earrings by L.A.'s Michelle Chang (I love her small jewellery).