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Friday, August 31, 2007

Faruk Akin / Abby Filer

Faruk Akin is a designer. In between designing catalogues, logos, furniture, glass vessels, housewares, cookware and clothing, he's come up with over eighty (eight-zero!) collections of silver and gold jewellery, all in a style befitting someone whose background is more in graphic design than jewellery design. Featured here is but a small sampling — don't miss the rest of this Turkish creator's portfolio! (I think the gold pieces are especially good.)

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sarah Stanton Designs / Maria Morris

Ooh, I love a good, graphic punch in the eye, and this ring delivers! It's great to see familiar ideas refreshed; I've seen wood & silver rings, I've seen ruler rings and I've seen rings inlaid with vintage materials — but not all at once like this. By Sarah Stanton and Jay Kukor of Michigan's Sarah Stanton Designs.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Solid Jewellery Design / Even Design

As someone who cannot stand drinking water that's less than halfway crystalizing into ice, I have a great appreciation for these pieces by Vera Horsman of Vancouver's Solid Jewellery Design. Although, if they're not freezing to the touch, I'll be very disappointed.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Daniela Dobesova / Sylvia Goldberger

Do you have a secret Slinky stash? Is Coil your favourite band? Do you wish all staircases were spiral? Then I may have found your kindred spirit in Prague native Daniela Dobesova.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Peter Chang / Camille Hempel

The plastic art of Peter Chang: they say seeing is believing but I've been looking at these rings for days and I still don't believe it. The amazing works of this UK artist are currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. Go see it (and believe) if you can!

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Friday, August 24, 2007


Either I need a faster way to get through my queue of rings or people need to quit being so creative! Hmm. Let's go with the former. Here are some random pluckings from my bookmarks:

B. Stimpfl-Abele (Austria)

Sim Luttin (Australia)

Lisa Ordina (Exton, PA)

Marie-Lise Gasser (Switzerland)

Judith Hoefel (Germany)

Susan May (UK)

Patricia von Musulin (New York)

Kaja Gjedebo (Norway)

Mimi So (New York)

Hablando en Plata (Mexico)

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Babette von Dohnanyi / 309 Designs

Oh, hey! Remember pentagons? Germany's Babette von Dohnanyi does! With all those circles and squares and cubes and tubes out there, these five-sided rings are surprisingly novel.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gitte Helle / Rosma Gutierrez

Denmark's Gitte Helle gives us a taste of what it would be like if IKEA were to sell jewellery. That taste, it turns out, is sweeter than a meatball covered in lingonberry jam. This cute, colourful piece was made from product parts purchased at that blue and yellow box of wonders.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Valentine DuBois / Tina Engell

These rings are absolutely perfect. I could stare at the balance and proportion all day long — especially the one on the bottom left, which I've come to know affectionately as "bottom leftie." Imagine them on a grand scale, like giant sculptures! As I said: perfect. This moment of zen brought to you by Swiss jeweller Valentine DuBois.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Robert Dodd / Dara Waxman

If you've ever taken a peek at my personal ring collection, you may have noticed a page dedicated to a gentleman by the name of Robert Dodd. He handcrafts rings out of antique celluloid and has been doing so for an incredible 70 years. Thanks to his sons Jerry and Pete for introducing me to their father's work! Several people have asked me where they can purchase his rings. Well, great news: I now have a few of Robert Dodd's pieces in my shop. It's a great gallery, even if you're just browsing, so check it out! (I took the photo above, so all those pieces are available.)

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Rara Avis Nidus / Hilde Van Belleghem

Elena R. Gaspá and Elvirá H. Mateu owe me a massage. The Spanish duo produces so much amazing work that I spent a good portion of the evening stressing over which pieces to feature here. Good thing I limit myself to rings! Visit Rara Avis Nidus to feast on their bounty of organic metalwork.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nerea Aixàs / solrojo

Pixelated perforations galore! Hogging the world's supply of corners — but for a good cause — is Barcelona's Nerea Aixàs. How obsessed is this sculptor/jeweller? She's even managed to put corners on her circles.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Kleinod / Odette Alfaro

These fun, stackable "add up!" slices are brought to you by Germany's Kleinod (but raise your hand if you thought it was Brooklyn-based AlissiaMT). You can purchase rings individually for about €35-40 each or get three for €99.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Emma Franklin / Lazaro Diaz

Bears and bulls and people in over their heads? It's almost as though Emma Franklin were inspired by the stock market! (Yeah, probably not.) Visit her site to see more animal heads from this UK jeweller.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Barometer / Corey Ackelmire

I can't quite get a reading on Jenna Wainwright — somewhat ironic, as she designs for Barometer of New York. Her "jeux-elry" (as she brilliantly calls it) is splashes of '80s and contemporary, urban and folk, metal and, as you can see, plastic lettuce leaves. Pictured above: rabbit ring, silver and plastic toy, US$110.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Quisquilia & Pinzillacchera / Särform

I wish I could say these rings were made by a professional bounty hunter who crafts Icelandic wool in his spare time. But no, they were made by Quisquilia & Pinzillacchera, a pair of doll- and puppet-makers from Florence, Italy. See? Sometimes, the world does make sense.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Ashley Maury / NUTS

When I look at Ashley Maury's silver "cocktail rings," I imagine an artist working in Oregon's thriving art scene, creating rings reminiscent of constellations in a dark Alaskan night sky, shaping metal into forms as fluid as the ribbon of a rhythmic gymnast. By complete coincidence, Ashley lives in Portland, has a gallery in Alaska and enjoys competitive gymnastics.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sabine Müller / Anne Schilk / Smug Designs

I see a lot of jewellers combine silver and enamel in organic shapes but Germany's Sabine Müller is different — because these juicy colours are acrylic, not enamel! The combination of acrylic and metal so often results in jewellery that's sleek and geometric that these botanical creations are, to me, truly fresh.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Masumi Kataoka / Simone Walsh

Her other set of rings are topped with glossy black ponytails so, yes, she has heard of leave-in conditioner. Above: strangely appealing tangled tresses by Texas-based Masumi Kataoka.

Another member of the International Society for Dangling Bundles of Hair in the Palm is Australia's Simone Walsh.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Kelvin J. Birk / Porcelinge

So this is what a religious experience feels like. Are they all so pretty and snow-coney? London's Kelvin J. Birk drapes his gorgeous rings with decadent clusters of crushed gemstones. Just smashing!

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