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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Millicent Russell / de Grisogono

This is my last post of this week, as I'm going on a short trip — that is, if I can pry my eyes away from these pretty, pretty rings by Australia's Millicent Russell. Made from vintage lucite, bakelite and celluloid, they are, quite cruelly, one-of-a-kind.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Anthias / Stuart Breidenstein

These pieces look more like tentacles than rings, multiplying and taking over your fingers until you feel like Ellen Ripley. They're from Italy's Anthias, a collaboration between Milan native Monica Castiglioni (who designed these rings) and Tokyo-born Natsuko Toyofuku.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

John S. Brana / Sally Wakelin

Pearls always remind me of that game every parent of the '80s regrets buying for their kids: Hungry Hungry Hippos (if you've never seen this toy in action, note how you never actually hear it being played in the commercial). The one above, though? Reminds me more of Pacman. Rings by San Francisco's John S. Brana, who I'm pretty sure was not inspired by Hasbro.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Akiko Tamai / Sarah McGuire

Do I still like saying "doilies"? Yes. Yes, I do. Lace ring by Japan's Akiko Tamai, ¥1,050, available in the grandmotherly shades of black, white and grey.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

SIM / Capola

I've been sitting for a long time composing just the right words to describe these rings. So far, I've come up with: Eeeeeeeeee! I love them!!!!!!!!! These "combi rings" consist of colourful acrylic layers sandwiched between two sterling rings; you can customize your own design by choosing whatever colours you like and as many layers as you'd like. By German jewellery company SIM.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jaimie MacDonald / Julia Turner

Film photography is not dead! That means those plastic film cannisters live on, too. And in the hands of UK artist Jaimie MacDonald, they're reincarnated as these striking "wave goodbye" rings.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Niina Mahlberg / Stella Chrysostomou

Thank you, sweet web, so worldly and so wide, for bringing me the work of Finnish glass designer Niina Mahlberg. I owe you one.

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  • Candace Ang (Vancouver, BC) - cool keys & cameos

  • Odette (New York) - matte, texturized silver

  • Powerhaus (Montreal) - fashion statements (I own one of their pendants; my tree wears it)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ruth Gordon / cinelli & maillet

Look at UK jeweller Ruth Gordon's "inspiration" page and you'll see pictures of candy and cupcakes. Which is apt, because these rings make me want to eat candy and cupcakes. (Still searching for rings that will inspire me to eat wheatgerm.) These cheerful pieces of silver and enamel are £56 each.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Clara Francis / January Glass

Is London's Clara Francis some kind of ten-pin beer league champion? Because I am bowled over by her gorgeous beadwork and soothing, muted tones.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Coretta van Wijk / non-ring links

We've got links! And I don't just mean this silver link ring by Dutch jeweller Coretta van Wijk!

Too often, I'd come across a fantastic designer who didn't make rings (or whose rings were not the highlight of the collection), so s/he'd get bookmarked but not posted here. Well, you know what? This is jewellery, not beer — no need to limit myself. Starting now, I'll be unloading some non-ring-specific links. Rings still rule, of course, but there's also:

There's a sweet sixteen to get started.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Paula Lindblom / Jara Design

And sometimes, porcelain sends me running back to glass. That's meant as no offense to Sweden's Paula Lindblom, the artist behind these disconcerting porcelian "meat rings," as her varied portfolio is evidence of her talents.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dror Benshetrit / Fragolab

I'm devoted to my beloved glass but sometimes I just want to abandon it all and run away with porcelain! These one-of-a-kind "urban cast-away" rings (US$300-480) by New York's Dror Benshetrit were created by dipping second-hand fur into porcelain, then shaping and firing them.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hannah Simpson / Yvonne Gilhooly

Your fingers are mad at you. You put them on gardening duty all day Sunday and then? Your green thumbs get all the credit. Make nice by treating them to one of these botanical creations from Edinburgh jeweller Hannah Simpson. Pictured are the "fern ring" (left), white metal with yellow metal fern, and the "tree ring," oxidized metal leaves on white metal with corrugated perspex.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jacqui Toher / April Neate

I know you think these contraptions look like wind-powered toys, handmade in a sleepy sea-side town by an old man who lives in a wooden cottage. But no, silly, they're steel and resin rings made by Glasgow's Jacqui Toher!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Islay Jane Spalding / Kyley Campbell

When art inspires art, we get goodies like these rings by Scotland's Islay Jane Spalding. Not surprisingly, she counts Miro and Kandinsky amongst the influences behind her quirky "biomorphs" series of silver and hand-dyed resin pieces.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ufo Products / Martijn Verkade

I think I want to marry these diamond rings. At the very least, at ¥11,000 (~US$90) each, I can seriously consider making a mail-order bride out of one of them. Yuho Fukuhara, a graduate of Tokyo's Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, designs under the name Ufo Products and produces a cool range of acrylic jewellery. "UFO," incidentally, means the same thing in Japanese as it does in English, only it's pronounced more like "yuho" — just like the designer's name.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Herman Hermsen / Catz

If a tree falls in the forest and there's nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a ring doesn't actually wrap around your finger, is it really a ring? Herman Hermsen would say yes.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Geoff Thomas / Dorothea Brill

If you're in the mood for something manly, try Geoff Thomas — his jewellery, that is. The Santa Monica artist has a distinctive style that's sculptural and masculine (even his metal bikini tops).

Monday, May 07, 2007

Natalie Lleonart / Clioblue

P-p-p-pink plastic power! Australian jeweller Natalie Lleonart sources plastic from items like old traffic lights (which these rings are made of) and knitting needles, creating all sorts of fun bits. And because we should all buy things to match our jewellery (rather than the other way around), she's even built an entire dressing table to go with these pink rings. To view all the aforementioned bits, click "gallery," then "jewellery," then each of the ascending circles, then the thumbnail that goes with each circle.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Miravidi / Eugénie Peirera Gomes

Good news, everyone: heaven exists! To go there, just visit www dot Miravidi dot FR. French designer Jean-Baptiste Michel performs miracles with colourful Plexiglas; pictured above are the acrylic and Swarovski crystal TOBA (left, €28) and TANIS (right, €32) rings.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Susan Fleming / Annika Burman

Apparently, there are jewellery designers who live outside of the Netherlands. Some even live in Bozeman, Montana, producing colourful jewellery using chiyogami and silver. Well, maybe it's more like "one" than "some" — and that one is Susan Fleming.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Suzanne Esser / Agriegento Designs

Oooh, so foldy! I'm almost inspired to wash and stack a load of towels! Dutch jeweller Suzanne Esser likes to fold metal plates, but she also likes to carve wood and ebony, creating sculptural pieces inspired by nature, architecture and African art. You'd be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out her sculptural wooden pendants, so click away!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ineke Otte / Iron Studio

The grass is definitely greener in the hands of Dutch artist Ineke Otte, whose jewellery is like a clown explosion — a clown who had mice and plastic in his pockets. (Psst: she also does gorgeous things with glass.)