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Friday, February 29, 2008

Janine Arnold / Hester Vonk Noordegraaf / Tanja Martinho Alves

It's so true what they say: Leap Day just isn't Leap Day without rings in diamond-cut gold and crystal. Above, Germany's Janine Arnold with pieces she describes as architectural miniatures for the body.

Meanwhile, below, these rings from the Netherlands' Hester Vonk Noordegraaf are like miniature chandeliers for the body.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Daisy Dunlop / Alley Maranto

These rings have a lot going on yet, at the same time, are like whispers, barely there. (I accidentally typed "whiskers" at first — but I suppose that would work, too.) UK jeweller Daisy Dunlop describes her work as "contemporary hand cast resin jewellery in soft irregular shapes with poetry, petals, plants, collages, silks, precious metals and icons." And who I am to argue with that thorough assessment?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Djurdjica Kesic / Greta Silva

I like the organic shapes and measured simplicity of Djurdjica Kesic's jewellery. In these pebble rings, the Australian artist strikes just the right balance of milk chocolate and crispy candy coating. Wait. Sorry. I'm getting them confused with Cadbury Mini Eggs again. The rings are tasty pretty, though. (By the way, if you're in the US, your "Cadbury" chocolate is actually from Hershey's, under license. If you're a fan, definitely get your hands on the Canadian or UK versions for maximum Mini deliciousness.)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tanja Emmert / Nina Bukvic / Ron Hami

I apologize for the violently graphic nature of the above image. As you progress through the artist's gallery, what at first looks like an interesting meeting of band and box chain slowly becomes a scene of carnage as you realize it's an entire necklace — notice the clasps and findings in the bottom row — that's slowly being eaten. Eaten alive! Rings by Germany's Tanja Emmert. Warning: she also has one that's eating an earring.

Below, some more chain rings (and other pieces) from London- based Croatian designer Nina Bukvic.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Melody Ehsani / Mehem

As far as statement pieces go, you'd be hard-pressed to get more literal or definitive than this! Acrylic three-finger rings from Los Angeles designer Melody Ehsani, US$25, customizable to your preferred text and colour combo.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Cloud Creator / Helen Noakes

I've seen rings depicting a gaggle of geese and even a warren of rabbits but this superfluity of nuns is a definite first! Above, top row: "sister" ring, cloud ring and unity ring, all silver or oxidized silver (plus one golden nun). Middle row: rings from the "grasp" series allow you to grasp dreams (the star), luck and peace. Bottom row: the "playground" series captures see-saws, spring chairs and a scene from a more adult playground, a golf course. All this playful metalwork brought to us by Cloud Creator's Phillip Tanaka, who was born in Australia but now resides in Japan; plenty more to see on his site!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shivani Patel / Jana Reinhardt / Naomi Levitin / Ombre Claire / Super Silversmith

Am I allowed to feel an Indian/North African vibe when they're thousands of miles apart? Does that make as much sense as getting a Brazilian/Senegalese vibe? While I ponder that, please ponder these rings. Top row: turban rings by UK jeweller Shivani Patel. Middle row: gold ring by London's Jana Reinhardt and silver rings from Vancouver's Naomi Levitin. Bottom row: "oaz" rings from France's Ombre Claire (left) and "swelring" from the "Mehndi" collection of Japan's Super Silversmith.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Simone Brewster / On Za Line

I always perk up when I see cup rings; if I were much of a coffee drinker, it'd be downright Pavlovian. This particular series is from UK artist Simone Brewster, who was inspired not by her surname but by 1975's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. The knuckleduster piece, by the way, is a shot glass.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Jolanda Kleiss / Sandra Jasmin Fuchshofen

These bright, fuzzy rings should put a smile on my face but I can't shake the uneasy feeling that Oscar, Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster are walking around somewhere, naked and shivering. Colour and texture from Dutch artist Jolanda Kleiss. Below, a couple more of her fresh rings:

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Gabriel Craig / Peggy Bannenberg / T'loaa

Like that one person we all know, these rings' favourite subject is themselves. Made of silver and enamel and adorned with self- reflective images, they're from Virginian artist Gabriel Craig's new "narcissist" series.

Below, Dutch jeweller Peggy Bannenberg also works with silver and enamel (and gold and eggshell) in these pieces with interesting grid overlays.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008


Weekend quickie: more Lego rings, only this time, the toy bricks are secondary to the miniature world they inhabit. From Italy's Guendalina.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Open! Design / Bohjoux / Rosa Monckton

Russia's Open! Design draws inspiration from everyday objects that aren't traditionally "pretty," like bent nails, bandages and... broken Ionic columns. Hmm. On second thought, maybe the theme here is "accidents." On the bottom left is a calendar ring that lets you set a date so you won't forget any upcoming appointments.

Below, Italy's Bohjoux similarly turns to utilitarian objects:

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Lana Rahme / Hop Hop Hop / Reckless Necklace

The heart may get all the glory but it is nothing without the vascular system that keeps it going. Ferndale, Michigan's Lana Rahme pays tribute to those hard-working tubes with her set of cast silver "vascular" rings.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Maiden-Art / Zoé Cotlenko

The only drawback of these rings is that they might make you feel like you're pulling teeth all day. Zipper-pull rings from Italy's Maiden-Art (left, €16) and French designer Zoé Cotlenko (right, roughly €8-10); the latter's entire collection revolves around zippers and buttons.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

LeCompte / Manuel Bozzi

Got an inner rock star? Well, sorry — these statement pieces would be for your outer rock star. Unisex rings by Los Angeles outfit LeCompte.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Chapter / Sci-fi

I think I used to have a drinking straw just like these rings by Tokyo designers Shotaro Matsushima and Ikumi Miyajima, aka Chapter, available at Tokyomade (US$28-58).

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Friday, February 08, 2008

unmicroclima / Ariane Hartmann / Thera Ip

Plastic that's worn from being played — in two different ways — now gets worn on the finger. Pictured are the limited edition "Europoly" rings by Barcelona's unmicroclima (each comes with a different piece of Monopoly property) and record rings, made from old LPs, by Germany's Ariane Hartmann. By the way, Kylie Gartside (one of my links from Wednesday) also has Monopoly house rings! Yeah, I never did like those red hotels.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Kathryn Yeats / Kate Alterio / Thomas Mann

Paging Arthur Andrew-Liggett... today is all about boxes. Open, closed, empty, full, round, square, hinged and pull-out boxes that also happen to be rings. Top row by Kathryn Yeats and bottom row by Kate Alterio, both of New Zealand.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bronwen Deane / Nanie Planète

It's that time again... time for me to declare yet another new favourite! Combining postcard imagery from the '50s and '60s with an acrylic print process she developed herself, UK artist Bronwen Deane creates distinctive pieces that are nostalgic yet modern.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Macha Jewelry / Anna Sheffield / Jan Logan

I always like it when metal is used where gems are expected. The Rockwell ring (above) from Brooklyn's Macha Jewelry is available in silver or brass for US$180.

Below, New York's Anna Sheffield (aka 88 Fine Jewelry) offers two styles of gold gem-shaped rings, one of which hides an actual diamond underneath.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mette Klarskov Larsen / Adeline Affre

The picture says it all — rings are my drugs. Pill rings by Danish RCA grad Mette Klarskov Larsen, who also has rings made out of real, live birds — only dead. I couldn't bear to look, let alone post the photos here, but you can check them out on her site!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Dubbelop / Matina Sukhahuta / Nishi NY

This titanium ring is so soothing — like looking through a window at a hilly landscape (without all the inconvenient weight of a real landscape). You can view more from Dutch jeweller Jan Matthesius and his partner Pauline Barendse at their site, Dubbelop.

The only thing that would make that view more pastoral would be the addition of a sweet deer, like this "Bambi" ring (below, left) by Thailand's Matina Sukhahuta. But if you're more the city type, check out her "Globetrotter" series, inspired by "the magnificent architecture of the world's major cities." Below, clockwise from top right: Hachiko Square, Shibuya, Tokyo; Elephant Building, Bangkok; St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow; and the Chrysler Building, New York (visit her site for more).

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