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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Brent Michael Kelley / Beate Druschel / Meadowlark

Stick your finger in the pumpkin pie hole — it's Jack o' Lantern Day! Cast bronze and silver pumpkin by St. Paul's Brent Michael Kelley.

And for those of you who don't have Hallowe'en, here's a beautifully sleek rose gold piece by Beate Druschel of Germany. The shape is fantastic — simple but unusual.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rainer Wiencke / Emma-Jane & Tan

If you live somewhere where they have Dairy Queen and you've attended a birthday party, chances are, you've had one of those DQ ice cream cakes. And if you've had one of those DQ ice cream cakes, you know the best part isn't the ice cream. And if you know that, you can guess why I want to eat these stingray rings by Berlin's Rainer Wiencke.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Jon M Ryan / D-licious

I've been periodically checking on Jon M Ryan's site for over a year and it's perpetually under construction so I'm going to go ahead and post it anyway. These rings can be denied no longer! View his flickr portfolio for more jewellery and check his other flickr sets for a behind-the-scenes look at how he produces these fantastic anodized aluminum pieces.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Heli Hietala / Tatty Devine

Wax lips aren't just for kids! The "Promises" series by Finland's Heli Hietala features lip-shaped rings made from such materials as candlewax and soluble soap (as pictured above). Her collection is designed to "be disposed of by washing, burning, melting or breaking [the rings] in pieces."

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mine Jewelry / Petronella Eriksson (LOD)

Spent all your money on jewellery and have nothing left for insurance? Protect your jewels with a menacing setting instead. Left: "bite ring" by New York's Mine Jewelry; right: thorny "twig ring" by Sweden's Petronella Eriksson for LOD.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Scott Cormier / Willian Farias

This is, without a doubt, the pointiest ring I've ever seen. Since it follows the outline of the wearer's finger (does it bend?), each silhouette ring is highly customized and requires a meeting with the designer, Rhode Island's Scott Cormier.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kyyote (Amanda Loos) / Timber!

I'm looking for a job that involves sitting and staring at these rings all day. I'm pretty good at it and have a lot of experience. If you know anyone who's hiring, let me know! These fabulous rings, made of recycled wood and bakelite, are by California's Kyyote (aka Amanda Loos); through Trees for the Future, she plants two trees for every ring sold.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Christian Wimmer / Arek Wolski

Austria's Christian Wimmer brings us these firecracker and matchstick rings — or, as I like to call them, the "what NOT to wear to Logan Airport" collection.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Oscar Abba / Marta Sanchez

I've described rings as "architectural" before but this time, I really mean it. Oscar Abba, an Italian "jewels author" who lives in Spain, obviously modelled the ring on the building when he created this piece for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. That building is the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, which was designed by the architect for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition (the iconic Barcelona chair was created for that Pavilion, hence its name). Be sure to view the rest of Abba's collection!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Kate Brightman / MK Wind

I think the allure of colour is a major factor in driving jewellers to use plastics and resin. That's why I was struck by the absence of colour in this collection of synthetic pieces from British jeweller Kate Brightman. These beautiful rings range from £160 to £240.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Corinne Hamak / Katie Gayle

I thought it'd be ideal for some light household dusting but London's Corinne Hamak helpfully suggests that her feather ring is "more of a party ring." She's probably right.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Super Fertile / Zoe Chicco / Erica Anenberg

I look at these amazing three-finger rings with a mix of awe and amusement (the amusement comes from imagining all the inappropriate places they could be worn). London designer Kali Arulpragasam showcases her edgy style via Super Fertile — and yes, that's London, England, not London, Canada, despite how much the rings resemble hockey referee whistles.

Not sure if three-finger rings are for you? Ease your way in — start with these double rings from two Los Angeles designers. Left: go slim with Zoe Chicco's delicate bar ring with flush-set diamond, US$350 (shown with comfort fit band, US$700); right: for a flashier look, go with the sapphire "bling" ring by Erica Anenberg, US$2,400.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gerlinde Huth / Yael Herman / Jan Kerkstra & Marion Pannekoek

Each of these talented jewellers deserves her own post but I couldn't resist the parallels (in more ways than one). At left are rings from the "Duotex" range by London-based Gerlinde Huth; both are stacks of multiple rings, not individual items. At right are pieces by Tel Aviv's Yael Herman; the square is another ring set, made up of her "origami" and diamond "ice stick" rings, while the long "stream" ring (which crosses four fingers) is stainless steel with diamonds that slide in the groove. Plenty more to see on both websites!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Monika Krol / Robynn Molino

I thought these were the neatest things I'd seen all week:

And then I saw this:

The "Tub," "Ring Ring" and "Return from Victory" rings are all by Monika Krol of Philadelphia. Needless to say, you don't want to miss the rest of her portfolio.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Claire Lowe / Shana Astrachan

UK jeweller Claire Lowe embeds resin with bits like wool and tea leaves — just the things you'd want on a cozy autumn evening. (I hear there were complications embedding a roaring fireplace.) Her work is modern, serene and gorgeous.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Christa Lühtje

A quickie post on this holiday Monday (Canadian Thanksgiving): Sometimes, I save images of neat rings and completely forget to note where they're from. I had this one in the "mystery" pile for a long time but after spotting those distinctive shapes in a notice about a recent gallery exhibition, I can finally credit the rings to Germany's Christa Lühtje. If I didn't know they were rings, I might've guessed they were set designs for Antigone.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fritz Maierhofer / Sushi Design (Naulila Luis)

Vienna's Fritz Maierhofer models these rings on his computer before forming them out of Corian, an acrylic polymer material commonly used on countertops. Of course, they can also be made by boiling a few hundred Cosby sweaters down to their essence, then pouring into a mold.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kim Buck / Jacqueline Rabun (Georg Jensen)

A buck doesn't get you much these days — unless it's Kim Buck of Copenhagen, who brings us this unfolding solitaire. If his name is familiar to you, it could be because he also designs for Danish silversmithing giant Georg Jensen.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Kasia Gasparski / Sloane Jewelry

Bamboo doesn't have to look like something Vern Yip arranges in squares on your coffee table. This "black bamboo" ring by Denmark's Kasia Gasparski is a lovely take on the popular plant.

I'm also enthralled by her red lacquer and fragile gold pieces which are, as you can see, totally thrall-worthy.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

JEG Design (Julia Groundsell) / Wendy Nichol

I don't know what I love more: the combination of acrylic and silver or the juxtaposition of red and turquoise. I'll let them battle it out atop the pyramid of wares from British jeweller Julia Groundsell of JEG Design.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Matthew Moerman / Sean O'Connell

California's Matthew Moerman offers an inventive mix of clock gears, coins and vintage buttons in his collection, Reclaimed Relics. Be it a braided band or a five-yen locket, each piece has a touch of the unexpected.

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