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Friday, July 31, 2009

Emily Watson / Francesca Lanzavecchia

Metal Emily. Metalemily. Metalemilymetalemilymetalemily. Almost as fun to say as LMNOP. Metalemilellemenopee! (I'm sorry, I think it's the heat stroke talking.) These delightful wooden "single sip" rings are by's Emily Watson, a jeweller based in Honeoye Falls, New York. Below, more rings in wood and faux bone from her "singularities" collection:

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Juan Vellavsky / Roux Bijoux

I have no idea what sound a llama makes — but I'll tell you what sound I made when I saw the work of Argentina's Juan Vellavsky: eeeeeeeeee!! (Note: if the colours look odd on his site and you're using Firefox, try loading it in IE — it seemed to work better for me.)

Lots more on his site, including Miró-like work in silver and resin!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fie von Krogh / Abigail Connell

Can you guess what these flowers are made of?

What has both a metallic glint and a flexible quality?

It's my new favourite thing in the world: gilded plastic! As plastic is created from precious oil, Norway's Fie von Krogh wonders if "perhaps we should regard plastic as one of the most precious materials that we have." Expanding on this idea, she covers plastic in gold- and silver-leaf to create "a synergy of gilded plastic" (a reversal of her early jewellery, which featured laminated metal). Visit her site for more gorgeously pleated work!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trommelwirbel (Alin Boyaciyan) / Karina Noyons

It's Technicolour Tuesday! The sun's been turned up so high around here lately, everything looks extra cheery and colourful — including these brightly-hued rings by Germany's Trommelwirbel (Alin Boyaciyan). Pictured are rubber band rings with glass squares (top) and silver rings with nylon filament.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Rodrigo Alonso / Susanne Weigand

We've all seen keyboard rings before but here's one that recognizes the most indispensable keys of all: Ctrl+Z. Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso comes to the rescue of anyone who's ever wished s/he could "undo."

Visit his site for more modern jewellery and product design, such as this fun wind-up "toy" ring.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Carrie Garrott / Slane & Slane

You've probably heard about the world's bees mysteriously disappearing. This is a very serious problem because without bees, there's no beeswax, and without beeswax, there's none of this gorgeous work by Carrie Garrott. The Texas jeweller takes real flower petals (from roses to hydrangeas), coats them with beeswax and combines them with silver to create stunning organic pieces. My eyes, they are a-buzzing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Martin Margiela / Donna Mason Sweigart / MagpieNest

Ceci n'est pas un earring.

It's actually a double ring by Martin Margiela of Paris, whose current collection includes such other identity crises as an earring-shaped pendant and a ring-shaped cuff. (Note: you can find more jewellery in the accessories sections of their archives.)

Above, an even larger ball ring by Florida CAD artist Donna Mason Sweigart.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sonja Thiemann / By Glaire

Did you know that the words "pretzel" and "bracelet" share similar etymologies? (Pretzels were meant to resemble crossed arms.) Here's where I would bring up the fabulous pretzel bracelet I found, only this is a site about rings — so here are some fabulous pretzely rings, instead. With a chunkier, more sculptural take on knots compared to yesterday is Germany's Sonja Thiemann. Visit her site for a large collection of silver pieces, including these:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Linda Hemmersbach / Thomas Wiltmann

Take the 19th century, fold it into the 21st century (being careful not to overmix the batter), and you get timeless classics like these elegant knot rings. They're by German-born Londoner Linda Hemmersbach, who puts a modern spin on Victorian mourning jewellery.

She's also responsible for these hooked locket rings which, if I am inferring correctly, you can unlatch to reveal a single pearl.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Jessica de Lotz / Erdem Özden

If you're always forgetting to turn the lights off before you leave the house, maybe the solution is to bring the switch with you. "Until the Daybreak" movable light switch ring by England's Jessica de Lotz, who was inspired by the contents of a purse she picked up at an antique market — visit her site for the story.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Marzia Rossi / Yukunia / Sternlab / Ailish Roughan / Jan Pycke / David Goodwin / Akiko Kurihara

Time again for Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks! Or "ranplucks" for short, because shortening things is awes.

First up: gorgeous transparency from Italy's Marzia Rossi.

Embroidered signets by Japan's Yukunia (Yukako Kawanami).

Vicodin ring (and necklace) by Arizona's Sternlab (Becky Stern).

New Zealand's Ailish Roughan has lots of pierced wrap rings.

"Whisk ring" by Dutch CAD-master Jan Pycke.

Finally, two favourite designers whom I've posted before but who now have new sites:

Scotland's David Goodwin...

... and Japan's Akiko Kurihara.

Have a safe weekend.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ceren Keyman / Sevan Bicakci

With her surname, it's only fitting that Ceren Keyman is a musician. Lucky for us, her artistic talents spill over into jewellery design, as well. Check out this Turkish designer for fun, graphic pieces in colourful acrylic.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Krystyna Nowicka / M10 (Martien Verheyden)

Mixing gold and silver can sometimes lead to, well, mixed results (to my eye, at least). These pieces, however, blend the two metals elegantly and organically. Rings above by Scotland's Krystyna Nowicka. (I've been keeping an eye on her site for over two years and it seems to have some database issues that aren't going away, so please note that you might not be able to view much of the collection online.)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rusty Thought (Ryo Katori) / Isis (Darren Simonian)

Welcome to day two of "Japanese Jewellers Who Love Pirates." Today, we have Ryo Katori of Tokyo's Rusty Thought, who uses techniques such as "shippo-yaki" (cloisonné enamel) and "ohaguro" burning (which creates a black rust effect on iron) to create eye-catching jewellery meant to improve with time.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Arca (Haruka Asano) / Lacey Waddell

I really dig the piratey yet dainty aesthetic of these rings from Japanese jeweller Haruka Asano, aka Arca.

Did I mention she lives and works in Mexico? Above, "Milagro" rings from her online shop Panchita, which she shares with a few other Mexican artists. Lucha libre masks also available!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

MIRROR / Je M'aime / David Rasnick

I wonder if The Bangles ever considered calling themselves "The Rings." (Six of one vaguely onomatopoeic circular jewellery item, half-dozen of the other?) If they had, Japan's MIRROR would've been morally obligated to name this ring "Walk Like an Egyptian." As it stands, it's the "Eye Am Not Alone" between-fingers double pyramid ring. AND IT'S WATCHING YOU.

Above, a more subtle take on the pyramid, also by all-caps aficionados MIRROR.

Not to be outdone in the field of Egyptian-themed double rings is New York's Je M'aime, with this spectacular "Sphinxxx" in 24k gold vermeil.

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