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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Caitie Sellers / Lorna Hewitt

Have you thanked Guatemala today?

You should, because the tiles and wrought-ironwork of Xela, Guatemala are what inspired these beauties by Montana artist Caitie Sellers.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Juana Camila Ortiz / Ines Sobreira

I was going to post this alongside last week's animal-ear rings but then I remembered: nobody puts neon green in a corner.

If you like loud, lively and lustrous, check out Colombian jeweller Juana Camila Ortiz.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Stolen Girlfriends Club / Burberry

[Oops, forgot to post this morning! Sorry for the delay.]

Bows and axes, hearts and barbed wire... considering its split personality, I declare this collection the Mini Wheats cereal of jewellery (only much cooler and slightly less nutritious than frosted whole wheat). If it's breakfast where you are, have yourself a bowl of New Zealand fashion label Stolen Girlfriends Club.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Cheryl Eve / Flapper's

Bloomin' brilliant: organic rings from the "Hidden in Nature" series by Rhode Island's Cheryl Eve. There's lots of gorgeous stuff from this artist, especially the "Fabric Tension" cuffs, so clickety-click!

Above, one more, from her "Urban Impression/Oceanic Bloom" collection.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Katharina Schmid / The Great Frog

Animal ears: what would school plays, Hallowe'en and Hugh Hefner be without them? These silver ear outline rings are by Austria's Katharina Schmid, whose website is just as playful as her jewellery (hint: the navigation is hidden in the stars).

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lisa M. Johnson / Sweet & Co. / Dominic Jones

Do not be lulled by the pony. Ohio metalsmith Lisa M. Johnson offers up a dangerous dose of anvils, bullets and grenades in her collection of metal and porcelain work — enter portfolio with caution.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lano / Melanie LeBlanc / Dear Swallow

For the first of fall: bitten leaf and jeweled twigs by Japan's Lano.

Above, more twig rings by Toronto's Melanie LeBlanc.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Cinnamon Lee / Kirsten Muenster

Graphic punch! While these bands seem to lay it all out there with their bold geometric tiling, they actually have a shrouded inner life, as well: the pattern on the inside is comprised of a different shape compared to the exterior. From Australian jeweller Cinnamon Lee's "Secrets" series. More below:

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Friday, September 18, 2009

stepbystep / Marcos Davidson / Bow and Crossbones

For weekends when you want to hit play or just pause time (and for Mondays when you might want to fast-forward): rings reminiscent of clunky cassette-player buttons by Taiwan's stepbystep.

Are cassettes too modern for you? In his ode to an even older era, Australia's Marcos Davidson creates miniature musical contraptions in a material befitting the time: Bakelite. Read more about the artist and these "sonic selectors." Below, his rings in action in present times:

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Aliki Stroumpouli / Beth Bloom

As I was saying yesterday about creepy dolls and moving eyelids...

All pieces above by Greek artist Aliki Stroumpouli (love that keyhole ring!). Visit her site for more, including paper rings, toilets and tubs.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Melinda Risk / Robert Dancik / Katrina Lapenne

Ceramic dolls, as we all know, come alive at night, creep around the house and like to hover over you, watching you while you sleep. Understandably, Indiana's Melinda Risk has a fear of those dolls and their moving eyelids — except for the Kewpie variety, which she collects and which were the inspiration for her porcelain "Adam" and "Eve" rings, above.

While we're on the topic of body parts, I have to mention this bracelet by UK artist Robert Dancik. While not a finger ring, it is a ring of fingers — manicurist practice fingers, to be exact!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Danyka van Buuren / Angel Eclectic

I dreamed I found some glorious teacup rings, posted them on my blog and made a horrible pun, something like, "These rings are just my cup of tea!" And then my dream came true.

Teacup rings and experiments in melamine by Australian designer Danyka van Buuren.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Meghan O'Rourke / Christine Dwane

This is the reason colour was invented. Australian jeweller Meghan O'Rourke does fabulous, fabulous, fabulous stuff with anodized aluminum. Go see for yourself before I say it again: fabulous!

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Tom Ferrero / Charity Hall / Karla Poot

While studying in New Zealand, Connecticut metalsmith Tom Ferrero drew inspiration — and materials — from his environment. His "journal rings," showcasing bits of the Kiwi landscape in resin, are engraved with the source coordinates... which I like to think of as having one's birth certificate permanently tattooed.

Above: his cicada ring in silver, gold, copper and resin with New Zealand cicadas and fern leaf.

Here's another ring with a real cicada wing in resin, this time by Arizona's Charity Hall. Also pictured are her green moth ring (with real moth) and a crane fly ring in enamel.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Viktoria Münzker Ferus / Hye Ran Lee / World's Smallest Diamond Ring

Vienna-based Slovakian artist Viktoria Münzker Ferus examines the blurry line between natural and artificial materials while herself blurring the line between different types of jewellery.

Pictured are her ring pendants (or pendant rings), available for viewing on her blog.

Above: "Ringring" pendants by Korean designer Hye Ran Lee, who also created the awesome "jewel" stool, designed as though "mounted on a house of rings."

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Maisie Broadhead / Mackey's Mark (Alison Mackey)

Photographic re-enactments of historical paintings are a hallmark of UK artist Maisie Broadhead. In her "Jewellery Depicted" series, she chooses paintings "where jewellery is at the centre of the image's meaning" and then creates the jewellery for real, revealing them to be "a collection of distorted and hidden half-truths." Pictured above are rings based on Portrait of a Jeweller (1516) by Franciabigio (1484-1525).

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