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Friday, January 30, 2009

Paul Beelen / Bjørg Jewellery

"Another world... another time... in the age of wonder..." Ok, I'm not really a fan of fantasy and that's about all I remember from The Crystal Method's sampling on their 1997 album, so I'm afraid I can't quote the rest of the narration from Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. But you get the gist. These wood and pyrite rings by Dutch artist Paul Beelen have exactly the kind of organic, other-worldly, faerie/elvish vibe that I'd associate with pointy- eared puppets and magical minerals. Below, some more of Beelen's rings in silver and... well, dark crystals:

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hongsock Lee / Laura Berrutti

Korean sculptor Hongsock Lee is a master of geometric form (when you visit his site, be sure to view his large sculptures as well as jewellery). Pictured above are his "tubing" rings but, blog-theme be damned, I must — must! — post a sample of his non-rings, as well. They're just too gorgeous to be ignored. So, below, his "starlight" pendants:

And now, some more of his rings, just in case the ring gods are watching me and taking notes:

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maja Fruithof / Beat Schwengeler

Allow me to indulge in black for just one more day so we can lose ourselves in the collection of Switzerland's Maja Fruithof. Her jewellery is so luxurious, even the striking photography can't upstage it. Pictured are rings in iron, white gold and diamonds (plus green beryl).

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jimena Bolaños / Silvina Romero

Here's a little black spillover from yesterday — but don't worry, it's clean. And pretty! Oxidized silver rings by Costa Rican jeweller Jimena Bolaños, also known as one half of design duo Arrozconmango (alongside Elider Elizondo). Below, her lighter, brighter side:

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Manuel Vilhena / Jacqueline Cullen

Not all Black Mondays are bad. For this one, we can thank Portuguese artist Manuel Vilhena and his industrial rings in iron and ebony (with touches of amber).

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Cristina Pabon-Hurley / Maya Geller / Lauren Wimmer

She may not be reinventing the wheel, but she's reinventing something almost as old: the pyramid. Visit Massachusetts-based Cristina Pabon-Hurley to see her exploration of four-sided figures.

Above, another fresh spin on the pyramid shape, this time from Israel's Maya Geller. Also pictured are samples from her other collections, including some cool heart-and-arrows.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Liliana Maia / Pocket & Spark

It came... from the sea! And then evolved legs... and walked on land! Portugal's Liliana Maia arranges miniature plantlife with four- (and two-) legged creatures, encapsulating them in clear acrylic. The result is like seeing a pastoral picturebook sprung into 3D. More of her work below:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Janine DeCresenzo / Islay Taylor / Manuela Lyle

It came... from the sea! Some modern metalwork inspired by the salty air: squid fossil rings (top) by Philadelphia's Janine DeCresenzo and copper barnacle rings by Rhode Island's Islay Taylor.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Valeria Salum / Carla Cortes

While my red, white and blue neighbours to the south are focussed on their new president today, I'm focussed on these red, silver and blue rings by Argentina's Valeria Salum. Another shot of her work below:

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Garni (Eiji Furuya) / Magical Design

How many skulls? If you said "zero," congratulations, anatomy nerd. A skull without a mandible isn't a skull but a cranium, so what we have here are enamelled silver cranium rings from Japanese accessories designer Eiji Furuya of Garni. (See also his Garni Diner in Ebisu, which just launched last month.) Below are more of his so-called-skulls in colourful acrylic:

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Klaus Grosse / Adele Brereton / Objekt73 / Susan Elizabeth

Fluffy white peaks — the perfect topping for both lemon meringue pie and matte silver rings by Germany's Klaus Grosse. Also pictured [L-R] are his "dot," "saddle" and "tongue" rings.

Above [clockwise from top]: more modern, matte silver from London's Adele Brereton, Switzerland's Objekt73 (Barbara Gerber) and Chicago's Susan Elizabeth.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Scott Andrew Millar / Tom Rucker

They say you can't fit a square peg in a round hole... but what about a hexagon matrix in a curved pod? I like the contrast of sharp corners and smooth arches in these gold-plated rings by London's Scott Andrew Millar — particularly the cups (bottom left), which look like they'd spring open if you squeezed the edges (nevermind that they're made of silver).

Above: these kinetic platinum rings by Germany's Tom Rucker also feature straight lines confined within a curved surface area. The spheres are part of his "GEO.2" series.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Susanne Matsché / Till Baacke / Hélène Kaufmann Wiss

Berlin's Susanne Matsché knows it's what's on the inside that counts. Hiding beneath her clean, neat exteriors is the jewellery equivalent of frilly lingerie.

Till Baacke is another German jeweller whose rings lead a rich interior life. Shown above are bands from the "chaudfroid" collection; more of his work below:

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Julia De la Rosa / PaSo (Paula Sotomayor Bulnes)

Did somebody order pizza?

What I at first assumed to be recycled bike reflectors is actually coloured acrylic on top of textured silver. This simple but surprisingly novel technique puts a stamp on these rings all her own — "her" being Argentina's Julia De la Rosa. The jeweller also uses smooth silver in interesting shapes, as in some of the pieces above. It's colour therapy for a winter Monday.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Janine Berben / Maike Thönissen

We're finally beginning to thaw out from under the aftermath of record snowfalls (plural) here, so I'm thinking warm, fuzzy, cozy thoughts — in ring form, of course. Pictured above are felted wool rings with coral beads by Dutch artist Janine Berben.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Filmschmuck (Sabine Aichhorn) / Nikolai Balabin

I love transparent things. (I'd live in a solid glass house if I could, though I'd have to give up my beloved stone-throwing hobby.) That's why I'm crazy for these rings by Austria's Sabine Aichhorn, who's done with acrylic what I've long wished I could do with glass — embed photographic film! What a great way to add transparent design and colour. More samples below; visit Filmschmuck to see them all (including filmstrip bracelets).

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Frances Wadsworth-Jones / Alice Jewellery Laboratory

Aaaaaand, we're back. Happy 2009, everyone! I'm back to the blog, ready to toil as hard as these ants by British artist Frances Wadsworth-Jones. Visit her site for more ant rings (in her "workers" collection) as well as other entomological pieces.

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