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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jule Jenckel / Mimi Von Moos

A clever though sobering commentary on domestic violence by British designer Jule Jenckel.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

100Infinity / SCHRmm Jewellery / Sarah May Marshall

Riddle: there's an integer hidden in this photo — what is it? Answer: 100. You know, one-hand-red! Har har. Don't blame me, blame Japan's 100Infinity.

If the only red hand you want to wear is your own, bloody it up with these "white wedding" rings from London-based Dutch designer Laurie Schram, aka SCHRmm Jewellery.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Qift / Susan Sykes

What's old is old again — and totally fresh! Hong Kong's Qift reworks old buttons, putting a clean, new face on a style that's classic and retro. It's like they popped right off a favourite childhood jumper! Simultaneously modern, old-school and cute as a you-know-what.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ramón Middelkoop / Hiroshi Ujiie

YAMR (Yet Another Magnet Ring). If only all rings were magnetized — it would make for some interesting storage options. This "stick with me" ring is by Dutch industrial designer Ramón Middelkoop.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bound Earth / Dinomighty Design / Georgina Browett

Don't you hate it when your ring flaps open in the wind? Boston's Andrea Williams, aka Bound Earth, keeps her hinged split rocks secured with rare earth magnets so you don't have to worry about accidental finger-skin exposure.

Above: more magnets! Rings with rearrangeable magnet parts, US$20, by New York's Dynomighty Design (Terrence Kelleman).

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tamara Gomez / Marjorie K. Schick

One day, you might be on a game show. And you might be at the million dollar question. And it might be, "Name a Sri Lankan jeweller other than Kali Arulpragasam." And you might look back on today, and smile, and answer, "London-based Tamara Gomez!" And I might be delusional, but don't let that stop you from checking out her slightly quirky yet refined collection.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Dougal Haslem / Emoodicon

Dancer/toothpaste/jar-lid scissor-ish double-ring by Australia's Dougal Haslem. Throw in a robotic dino-donkey and it's just like a weird dream I once had.

Yeah, like that.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Helen Wood / Emma Farquharson

These rings make me sick to my stomach — and I bet Helen Wood would be happy to hear it. Inspired by rollercoasters (clearly), the UK jeweller packs all the queasy thrill and motion of those fairground rides into tiny pieces of acrylic and silver. So fun, you'll never need a barrel of monkeys again. Wheeeee~!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

M|P|Q (Marina Massone | Tatina Pini | Paula Querio) / Graciela Lescano

Take "NO" out of the alphabet and you get "MPQ." That's fitting, because you'll be saying nothing but "YES" when you visit M|P|Q, home of Argentinian silversmiths Marina Massone, Tatina Pini and Paula Qüerio. Though their leather and silver rings are fab, their necklaces, in particular, have me drooling. In the photo above, the three in the top row are by Pini, the bottom left by Massone and the bottom right by Qüerio.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jonathan Ben-Tovim / greenKarat

These rings aren't just pretty — they're smart, too. The bubbly "encoder rings" by Australia's Jonathan Ben-Tovim are "decorated with tiny blobs and holes that actually represent letters in binary code." Each can store a message up to 64 characters long, which means they could probably beat me at Scrabble.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Paola Raggo / Stefanie Kalina

A burst of acrylic colour from Chile's Paola Raggo. Why does colour always burst, anyway? Didn't anyone ever teach it to knock?

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Muriel Grateau / Tania Gallas / Amaya Cicala / Castello Hansen / Maja Designs / Senay Akin

You don't need colour to brighten your Monday — just check out these carved crystal creations in black and clear by Paris jeweller Muriel Grateau.

Above, more monochrome mastery: textured basket rings by Germany's Tania Gallas, skewed oval by Argentina's Amaya Cicala and white cup by Sweden's Castello Hansen.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Alexandra Baum / Selfish Juliet

Alexandra Baum's "hand objects" are meant to alleviate nervousness by giving the wearer something reassuring to hold onto. The wool and leather pieces offer softness and warmth while the metal grips are molded to the person's hand for a perfect fit.

If that's stretching the definition of "ring" too much for your liking but you don't have a hand object of your own to quell your discomfort, don't fret — the German artist does "regular" rings, too:

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

19Moons / Reservoir 4 / Beth Millner / Alkemie Jewelry / Rie Taniguchi

I don't react well to insect bites. If a mosquito so much as looks at me, I get an eyeball-sized lump that eventually goes bright pink and then fades, as it flattens, into a black and blue pastiche. It's been seven days since I took a quick walk through these bushes and my limbs still look like I got into a bad fight with a hammer and then tried to camouflage the bruising with raspberry stains. Insects: if you can't beat 'em, turn 'em into rings.

Above, top-to-bottom, then left-to-right: steampunk insect ring made from watch parts by Pittsburgh's 19Moons; beetle ring by Reservoir 4 of Los Angeles; bee cut-out by Michigan's Beth Millner; horsefly in reclaimed metal by Alkemie Jewelry, also of Los Angeles; and "buggytroll" ring/box by London-based Rie Taniguchi (whose metal creatures are a must-see).

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Christophe Marguier / Yuko Hotta / Maike Barteldres

Does that ring worn on the left hand signify en-cage-ment? Gold cage ring by French jeweller Christophe Marguier. Also shown are ball cage rings by London's Yuko Hotta.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

David McCaul / Stefanie von Scheven

See these fabulous acrylic cube rings? No? That's because the last time I checked in on Irish jeweller David McCaul was December 2007, and he's since made my initial write-up of his cube rings completely irrelevant by revamping his site. I guess that's what I get for procrastinating as long as most humans gestate. Luckily, he's replaced them with these wonderful rollercoastery pieces in gold.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Natalia Saldías

Harvey Dent and Anton Chigurh may have their coins but you can gamble your fate with the flip of some dice! This piece, reminiscent of those lotto ball machines, is cheekily-named "like marriage." It's just one of many rings by Spanish designer Natalia Saldías. Here's some more of her work:

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

On a break!  Also: Regina Schütz / Alice Roche / Miranda Meilleur / Rebecca Modelli / Rie Nagumo

On a break!  I'm off for five days (including today), so here are five days' worth of metalsmiths to explore. See you Monday!

Above: gorgeous organic shapes by Germany's Regina Schütz.

Landscape rings by San Francisco's Alice Roche.

Bowl ring by UK silversmith Miranda Meilleur.

Textured silver by Spain's Rebecca Modelli.

Pearly pods by Tokyo's Rie Nagumo.

See you next week!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Susan Skoczen / Lianne McCurrach

I love these. Simple but, as a wise purveyor of flat-packed Swedish furniture once said, unböring. Shapely rings by Cleveland, Ohio's Susan Skoczen.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Jasmine Scott / Modern Vintage (Stefania Panfili)

If I could be any hand, I'd want to be that hand. These colourful creations in polyester resin are by Jasmine Scott, who's based in Florida but hails from New Zealand — not surprising, as most of my favourite resin artists seem to come from NZ and Australia! The rings shown here range from US$65 to $130.

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