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Monday, March 31, 2008

Fabienne Vuilleumier / Gretchen Raber

I think the Egyptians just might've been onto something with that whole "mummifying" thing. Switzerland's Fabienne Vuilleumier wraps her pieces in strips of translucent white plastic to otherworldly (if not afterlife-ly) effect.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Constantinos Kyriacou / Jessi's Metal

"Whenever there's trouble, we're there on the double / We're the Bloodhound Gang..." Tuesday's bonus ring reminded me of Cyprus artist Constantinos Kyriacou and his PBS ring, above. Well, that's not what he calls it, but I do — and not just because the PBS logo consists of three faces in profile. If you're like me and grew up watching "3-2-1 Contact," it's hard not to be reminded of "The Bloodhound Gang" and the episode where the gang discredits a man's alibi by showing it wasn't really him at home but, rather, his cardboard silhouette attached to a running toy train, casting a moving shadow on the curtains that looked life-like to anyone passing by his window. And he would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids! [Insert fist shake.]

Below, a couple more of his pieces (don't worry, these ones don't send me into any long-winded memories):

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lucy Folk / Metal Sugar

Hotdogs, french fries, popcorn, peanuts, preztels... and some fruit slices for the party-poopers. Melbourne's Lucy Folk casts life's little indulgences in metal for her tantalizing "Nibbles" series. Pictured above are the Burger Rings, an Australian snackfood that's flavoured like, yes, burgers. Add that to the list of snack- flavoured snacks, right next to cookie dough ice cream and pizza potato chips. And then run a few laps, just to be safe.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Leslie Maja Pötz / Sophie Lunøe / Núria Saloni / Lattis Design / Yasmin Bochi / Marine de Diesbach

It's spring. It should be warm. Instead, the chilly air has got me thinking of snowmen. In spring. When it should be warm. Above, snowman-shaped rings by Germany's Leslie Maja Pötz (top), Denmark's Sophie Lunøe (middle), Spain's Núria Saloni (bottom right) and Seattle jeweller Gina Pankowski of Lattis Design.

You know what else are snowman-shaped? Matryoshkas. Even ones that look to be frozen in ice. In spring. When it should be warm:

Above: Matryoshka rings by Belgium's Yasmin Bochi (left, in clear resin) and Marine de Diesbach of Paris (who has a large collection of vintage and art deco style jewellery).

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Virginie Bois / Contura

I'm not crazy about fruit juice, especially ones with mixed flavours. But this orange, lemon and grapefruit peel ring by French artist Virginie Bois makes me re-think my position on mixing citrus. Maybe it's time to give Five Alive another try.

Below, her sanded glass "face" rings:

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Els Vansteelandt / Emma Day / Atsuko Itoh

Belated Monday quickie: clean, minimal buds and leaves in silver. Top row by Belgium's Els Vansteelandt; bottom left by the UK's Emma Day; bottom right by Japan's Atsuko Itoh.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Naoko Iyoda / Alison Osborne

Zurich-based Naoko Iyoda carves silver and bronze into rocks and lava for your fingers (and other parts).

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Anne Hong / Stephen Einhorn

"Perpetual," by New York designer Anne Hong, is a series of conceptual rings meant to help vision-impaired individuals tell time. Read about how they work, see the original sketches and inspiration, then check out her blog at

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chronicles of Never (Gareth Moody) / Tiziana Martino

Australia's Chronicles of Never makes bold, chunky, geometric jewellery in blackened brass and silver, like the "Tribute to Escher" staircase ring (above, top left). According to designer Gareth Moody, all pieces are tested on baby whales and endangered primates and come from compressed robot limbs. Just the way I like it.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kerstin Klix (& Yoko Izawa) / Katzinka Tschierschky

Dressed up in pretty pastel nylons, these rings by Germany's Kerstin Klix remind me of one of my all-time favourites: Yoko Izawa (whom I've mentioned before, but she's moved her site to this new URL). The colours epitomize "spring," which can't come fast enough for me!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Annie Tung / Geoffrey Good

Objectively speaking? Fantastic ring. Subjectively speaking? Sooo not helping my dead-bird issues. Skeletal "Constructed Constructivist Bird" by Toronto's Annie Tung. Below, some more of her work: salt shaker ring, "love and war" wedding rings and "time" rings with found watch hands cast in acrylic.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Margo Nelissen

Weekend quickie: this page has been lacking in colour lately. How about some orange from Dutch jeweller Margo Nelissen?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Anna Cebrian Ferrer / Francisca Kweitel / Marina Molinelli Wells

Just a few rings with holes (other than for your finger, that is):

Above, faux ivory resembling desiccated bone, from Barcelona-born Anna Cebrian Ferrer (now in the UK).

Below, cylinder rings from Argentina's Francisca Kweitel, who shares her space with fellow jeweller Marina Molinelli Wells (whose amazing leather and silver ring I've pictured below, as well).

Finally, below, rings from the "bubbles" collection by Paris jeweller Désirée Schmidt.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bill McMullen / DarkCloudSilver

Electronic musicians, take note! (Uh, no pun intended.) New York designer/illustrator Bill McMullen, whose work includes cover art for the Beastie Boys, brings us these cast silver drum machine rings. The original run of fifty has sold out but there is a new gold-plated edition available for US$225 (size 11 only).

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

DresserJohnson / Alex Story

Acrylic arrow rings (US$22) by Brooklyn typographers DresserJohnson (Kevin Dresser and Kate Johnson) are gorgeously photographed in this flickr set from Steph Goralnick.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sabine Ring-Kirschler / Veltraize

Poetry at your fingertips! (Or a couple of phalanges' distance from them, if you want to get technical on me.) Fortuitously- named Sabine Ring-Kirschler of Ring by Ring has a nice collection of chunky metal bands, including these pieces engraved, in pleasant all-caps penmanship, with German verse.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Renata Porto / Katja Bremkamp

Fresh, airy, clean, modern, colourful — Brazil's Renata Porto hits all my favourite notes with her collection of nylon filament jewellery (don't tell the rings, but I think the pendants are my favourite). Here's one more:

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Saturday, March 08, 2008


Weekend quickie: periodic rings from Brooklyn's ITSNONAME, made of... well, I think you can guess. Prices, which can fluctuate with raw material costs, are US$205, US$2200 and US$6500, depending on the element.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ashley Vick and ... many others

These sea urchin rings look like they belong in Blade Runner (you know, in that famous sea urchin scene). Patinated bronze and silver give a worn, industrial look to these organic forms by Rhode Island metalsmith Ashley Vick. Also shown are pieces from her yarn series; the rings are mixtures of yarn, clay, wax, silver and copper.

Above, by contrast, some clean, achromatic, layered bands.

» Top row (L-R): "strata" band by Welsh jeweller Mari Thomas and "octave" rings by Germany's Marion Knorr.

» Middle row (L-R): "cold outside/warm inside" rings by the Netherlands' Martine Viergever, telescoping "leek ring" from Rotterdam's Levensringen (whose rings all contain plant seeds) and gold and silver "continue" rings by France's Florence Croisier.

» Bottom row (L-R): "stringrings" by Silke Spitzer and circular and square bands by Aninka Harms, both of Germany.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Jennifer Wehlacz / Jacob Albee

Thanks to Indiana's Jennifer Wehlacz, I've had the Smiths song "Rubber Ring" stuck in my head all day. She calls these whimsical pieces her "cupcake rings."

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Rai Yoon / Karolin Wolfarth

According to Korean designer Rai Yoon, her goal was to create a ring whose value wasn't monetary but rather in having a quality such as "thinnest ring in the world." Below, literally paper-thin pieces cut out from her book of rings:

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If this page is missing posts from the first few days of this month, it's because I've reached my Blogger page limit! To read all posts, see the full monthly archives at

Monday, March 03, 2008

Chairs / Sandra Clodion

I feel so rude — I've never offered my rings a seat before! At aptly-named, Germany's Etla Breyer-König and Andreas König showcase lovely miniature chairs in paper and metal, including this series with gold rings lounging comfortably on top.

p.s. - For all you Robert Dodd fans — his antique celluloid rings (pictured below) are back in stock!

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