Mint Kaewkoon / Finchittida Finch / Pilantha / Yuri Oiwa
SCAD student Mint Kaewkoon may be far from her native Thailand but Thailand isn't far from her mind or work. This ring, for instance, is based on elements from both Thai and American family rings, and incorporates her last name into the design. Also check her site for the "On My Way Home" ring, based on the streets of Bangkok.
I'm also loving the designs of London's Finchittida Finch (identical twins Tida & Lisa Finch), inspired by Lao culture.
For more jewellery with a heavy Thai influence, see Bangkok's Pilantha (Chutapat Wittaya).
This "baby's tears" series of earrings by Japan's Yuri Oiwa.