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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Marisa Molin / Luca

Different rings, different designers, same name: the Love Knot. On the left: sterling silver, brass and black enamel paint, by Brisbane, Australia's Marisa Molin. On the right: a hunk of sterling silver, great for everyday wear, by Luca (at Vert New York).

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

H.Stern for Diane von Furstenberg

Speaking of wraparounds, did you know that the woman synonymous with the wrap dress also has a line of fine jewellery? Designed by H.Stern for Diane von Furstenberg, the eye- catching power rings are fabulously chunky but not too over-the-top. Available in classic gold (US$2,100), brushed gold (US$3,300), quartz (pictured here, US$3,600) or encrusted in diamonds (US$17,000 or, as I like to think of it, fifty wrap dresses).

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Super sleek, super polished, super... Italian. That's the consistent aesthetic at Pianegonda, founded by brother and sister Franco and Maria Luisa Pianegonda in Vicenza, Italy. Even a cursory glance through their catalogue leaves a strong impression; the next time you spot a Pianegonda piece, you'll know it. While the ring pictured here is adorned with a cluster of their signature circles, it's the more streamlined wraparound heart that first caught my eye.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Zhen U.N.

See? I'm not only about the bold, modern rings. Once in a while, even I can let out a teensy sigh over something ornate and delicate, something pretty. And if it's pretty you want, there's plenty of it at Zhen U.N. (pronounced, apparently, "genuine"), website of St. Louis designer Jennifer Yuan (or "jenyuan" — get it?). Pictured here is her "Divine Blues" ring, 18k gold with tear-shaped apatites, US$755.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Caro Bärtling

And here, to wrap up the week, we finally have a solution to that dilemma of how to wear gloves and rings at the same time. Say thanks to German designer Caro Bärtling, who also has awesome needlepoint rings like the ones by Corina Rietveld that I freaked out about earlier this year.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Jennifer Meyer

While we Canadians already had our Thanksgiving in October (we're on a metric calendar, you see), today's the big holiday south of the border. If you want to dress for the occasion without resorting to turkey-print socks, this sleek wishbone ring should do the trick. Just slip it on and have fun resisting the urge to pull it apart. 18k rose gold wishbone ring, US$750, by L.A.-based Jennifer Meyer, a former Hollywood publicist.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Heidi Sand

Norwegian artist and teacher Heidi Sand creates Spirographic jewellery and bowls, where the focus is on repeating patterns and circular forms. The "rotating" rings pictured here emphasize straight lines, but most of her other work has a pretty, ornamental, lace-like quality.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Han Cholo

They call themselves Han Cholo and you navigate the site by controlling a joystick: welcome to the sci-fi/hip-hop Tron-iverse created by Brandon Schoolhouse and Guillaume Pajolec, working out of Echo Park in Los Angeles. Visit for the pop-lockin' silhouette pendants, stay for the light sabre sound effects. Pictured here: turntable baby ring, US$140 for silver, $160 for gold-plated or $1,520 for 14k gold.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Carolina Bucci

These may look like charm bracelets but, unless you're new here, you know they're actually rings! Carolina Bucci, born into a Florentine family who's been making jewellery since 1885, does a great job of straddling the line between fun and fine jewellery. Pictured here are rings from her "Aster" collection.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sigrid Widmoser (and Alison Macleod)

Ooh, I am loving these rings. Hunky quartz, large facets, brushed metal: three elements that go together like chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. They're the jewellery equivalent of s'mores, is what I'm saying. Delicious. To see s'more, including some fab honeycomb rings, check out Berlin's Sigrid Widmoser.

Bonus link for the weekend: Scotland's Alison Macleod and her bra bits.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Berit Teeäär and group f.f.f.f.

Tons of tiny treasures to be found at group f.f.f.f., a collective of five — not four, as you might infer from their name — female Estonian artists: Kristi Paap, Berit Teeäär, Ketli Tiitsar, Maria Valdma and Kaire Rannik. (If you think their names rock, you should see their group photo.) There are some non-tiny treasures, too, as the artists' work extends to larger sculptures and installations as well. Pictured here: Berit Teeäär's cork and wax "sink or swim" ring.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Amy Dinkins

The way these pieces are proportioned, with such large stones hanging off such delicate wire, they look more like wine glass charms than rings to me. And that makes them intriguing. "Stack rings" by Los Angeles designer Amy Dinkins, US$49 at Fall Leaves (her website).

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Paula Levy

I love the clean, modern and bold style (how many times have I used those words before?) of Argentinian Paula Levy's jewellery. The website's a little maddening but the striking designs are worth it (mostly brushed silver, with some colourful acrylic thrown in the mix as well). This piece is like a more refined take on those stretchy beaded bracelets you see all the time; in ring form with sleek silver "beads," it's completely transformed and completely cool.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hilary Finck

Don't let their cute faces fool you. These rings, by San Francisco's Hilary Finck, are more than just your average silver and enamel rings — they spin! And not only do they spin, they were made using the rare art of plique-à-jour: an enamelling technique similar to cloisonné, except that rather than being fired on a metal background, the enamel is suspended within the filigree, allowing light to shine through. The result? Enamel that looks like stained glass.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Bruna Hauert @ Friends of Carlotta

I've already talked about some of the artists who appear in the Friends of Carlotta gallery, but the rest of the photos more than make up for the doubles. I mean, hello, polarbear snowglobe spaceship ring? That alone is worth a week of posts or a thousand words, easy. And wait 'til you hear what this piece is called! "Spacebear Fred on the Search for Flash Gordon" by Bruna Hauert, sterling silver. Have a great weekend, Spacebear Fred!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Chapeau! - Dieter Roth and Hans Langenbacher

The MAK contemporary art gallery in Vienna just wrapped up an exhibition of Chapeau!, a series of rings by Dieter Roth in collaboration with goldsmith Hans Langenbacher. The ring tops can be fitted with different chapeaux (as shown here) or even heads. View more images at the Periferia Gallery website; the colourful sketches are just too cute.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Natascha Guignard

Do you know what this is?

This is a ring.

Shaped like panties.

I wonder if that's why the finger looks like it has a wedgie.

"Underwearing" by Geneva artist Natascha Guignard.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Switzerland's Essor (Philipp Thüler, Suzanne Nabulon and Juliette Keller) creates modern jewellery with interchangeable transparent films so you can switch the design on your ring when you want a new look. Their site also features a must-see gallery of other artists; navigate by mousing around the diagram of the room.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monika Strasser

This ring does a lot with very little. It's all about the shape, the slight tarnish and the delicate etching; I imagine when worn, it would frame the finger like a royal crest, or look like a pair of trophy antlers on your hand. Quite the jump from its former life as a fork handle! View more delicate outlines of cutlery by Monika Strasser, a German designer based in Zurich, Switzerland who works around the concept of "recycling history."

Friday, November 03, 2006

Nava Zahavi

I'm conflicted. On one hand, I think this is a bold ring: a chunky piece of sterling silver and champagne quartz wrapped in 24k gold. On the other hand, I feel like I should lift up the foil edges, remove the dome and eat the take-out noodles inside. Available at Nava Zahavi, US$815.

Bonus link for the weekend: crazy ring by Peter Chang at The Scottish Gallery, found via Polymer Clay Daily.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Anthropologie, Again

It's no secret that Anthropologie has an amazing jewellery selection but the last time I featured one of their rings, it was to poke fun at its unabashed hideousness (I won't link to it again but, trust me, it was bad). Here, once again, the shop strays from its usually refined tastes and offers up this l'amour sauvage ring (US$198). This piece is actually kind of cute, though, in a pigtails and lollipops and knife-wielding-vandals-in-detention kind of way. Now where's Judd Nelson so I can give him my diamond stud earring?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fordite - James Blanchard

Now this is cool. The fabulous swirly stone in this ring isn't stone at all — rather, it's a piece of "Detroit agate." Also called "Fordite," it's made of layers and layers of car paint accumulated over the years inside the spray booth at an automotive plant. Because it's car paint, it's light but relatively durable. Unfortunately, due to changes in spray painting technology, Fordite is now increasingly hard to find. Crummy technology, always ruining things! (I'm kidding! Please don't leave me, technology!) Ring by Michigan's James Blanchard, at Gallery Fifty.