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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tara Magboo

Weekend quickie: for obvious and narcissistic reasons, I present the carrot ring from San Diego jeweller Tara Magboo's "adorable mayhem" collection.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tzu-Ju Chen / ByNatalia (Natalia Krasnodebska)

So, do you know how to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on yourself? If not, and you're eating lunch right now, you may want to google the technique before reading on — because if you check out this jewellery and you gasp as hard as I did, you may find your veggie wrap lodged in your windpipe. Above: Chartres Cathedral ring with laminated photos by totally choke-worthy Rhode Island jeweller Tzu-Ju Chen. Below, "drape" and "fold" rings from her "lace" series and cast crystal rings with copper from her "electroform" series. Don't miss out on the rest of her work in foam, metal, paint, enamel and more.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mio Tokida / Alexandra Schleicher

Circle cluster ring by New York-based Mio Tokida. I know I just posted a circle cluster ring yesterday but it's ok because these things are like snowflakes: small, intricate, visually-appealing structures. Oh, and no two are exactly alike. Another sampling from the metalsmith below (these are shaped more like drops of rain than snow):

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pretty Junk (Jenny Bradley) / Rob Wynne

I think Jenny Bradley would make a good spider — she could spin gorgeous geometric structures that would attract and dazzle her prey, ensnaring them before they knew what was happening. Her portfolio is a web of latticed and clustered shapes and colours, in materials from silver to textiles to Mardi Gras beads. Check out the New Paltz, NY jeweller on this web at her site, Pretty Junk.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yunus & Eliza / IlaDesign

Beach wear for history nerds. If you haven't already recognized them, these bronze and silver rings represent two maritime heroes: 18th C Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Mediterranean, and Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. They're just two of many characters sculpted in London by Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom, aka Yunus & Eliza.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Jennaca Leigh Davies / Melissa Tolar

"Faint praise" is a bad thing... so what do you call it when something's so awesome, it nearly makes you faint? That's how I feel about the work of Jennaca Leigh Davies, a Rhode Island jeweller who maintains a studio across the water in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her structural work in paper, enamel and metal is just too gorgeous for me to remain conscious. Above, her "umbrella" and "folded" rings in silver and paper. Below, alphabet bands for the typophiles out there:

Her enamel pieces are my favourite, so be sure to check them out on her site — here's a sampling for now:

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Vernon Bowden / Rings That Rock (Jeffrey Appling)

Australian artist Vernon Bowden recycles materials from such unlikely sources as the Coca-Cola company and the US military, reducing (or is it elevating?) titans of industry to wearable art. The "Bad Juju" series makes jewellery out of bomb release mechanisms while the "Barbie" series turns Diet Coke cans into doll heads (as in the rings shown above). Visit his site for more, such as his "Pixie" rings, below:

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Amy Tamblyn / Núria González

Allow me to indulge in one more scribbly extravaganza: this stainless steel ring by Australia's Amy Tamblyn. Below, one of her more serene pieces, in silver, stainless steel and red felt:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fabrizio Tridenti / Amy Duggan

Italy's Fabrizio Tridenti constructs complex, scribbly mini- sculptures in silver, iron and enamel.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Carole Guinard / Carly Petitt / Claire de Divonne / Bénédikt Aïchele / Kathrin Saettele

Throwing us for a loop — in black filament — are Switzerland's Carole Guinard (top, with blue acrylic) and England's Carly Petitt (bottom, with silver links).

For loops in metal, check out French jewellers Claire de Divonne ("helix" ring, top) and Bénédikt Aïchele ("whorl" ring, bottom right). The silver ring on the bottom left is another by Guinard.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Gisèle Ganne / Blue Bayer

These rings are great conversation pieces — just don't expect the conversation to be pleasant. London's Gisèle Ganne explores death, mourning and divorce with her Victorian-inspired collections, subverting traditional symbols (as in her divorce rings, above). Some more of her work below:

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Philippa Green / Ida Elsje / Situ

I guess Bertrand Russell was right — math can be beautiful. Take Philippa Green (who made the blue deer ring), add fellow South African jeweller Ida Elsje (who made the engagement rings and bands), and the resulting mix of metal, resin and diamonds is the collaborative effort they call Situ.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Misun Won / Ka Gold Jewelry (David Weitzman)

Scotland's Misun Won claims to make "rhythmical structures out of one sheet of silver." But I think what she really means is that she makes "some of the awesomest rings ever." Yeah, that sounds about right. Here's another:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Elke Peeters / Melissa Rousseau

From Lego to pizza, there've been a lot of playful rings in my recent posts. It's time to switch gears and go serious — as in the serious skills of Belgian metalsmith Elke Peeters, who made the arboreal piece above. Two more below; check out her site for the rest (including her series of lips with pearls):

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nicole Walger / Hilary Hachey

You've just witnessed the miracle of ring-birth.

Germany's Nicole Walger demonstrates how she manipulates a geometric form to create her jewellery, letting the original shape of the metal — be it cube, cylinder or even bean — influence the final design.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

My Magic Diary (Cecilia Fabbri) / Stolen Thunder

Sneak a peek into the diary of Italian designer Cecilia Fabbri and you'll find exaggerated girliness... with an edge (including the only "Alice in Wonderland" collection I've ever seen that contains a healthy dose of tarantula).

You'll also find blood and carbohydrates — and that's just scratching the surface of the world of wonders that is her site, My Magic Diary.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Minimiam (Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle)

Weekend quickie: not a ring post, but I forgot to add this link when I was going on about miniature people in bathing suits (the guy in the green trunks, in fact, seems to be the very same guy in the ring I posted on Thursday!). You won't want to miss the gallery of Paris photographers Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle, aka Minimiam.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Kiki Monsters / Edition:Mathea

Speaking of plastic toy factories (as I was yesterday), here are some rings whose components I do know where to find. This jewellery is the "Legocy" of Italian designer Kiki Monsters.

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