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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yong Joo Kim / Lauren McAdams

Serenity now. Like a miniature version of ikebana, this perfectly-balanced piece is utter Zen.

All rings above by Rhode Island's Yong Joo Kim, who aims to "reconfigure the ordinary."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Katie Rearick / Beat Black (Sarah Norton)

Jewellery that provokes a gut reaction: these rings are made of silver, steel, citrine and, yes, gut. For the story behind her "Gnaw" series, visit Michigan's Katie Rearick.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Yasmine Ellis / Dottyral

I know I posted some other measuring tape rings just a couple of months ago but I couldn't pass these ones up. What I really like about today's designer is how she uses measuring tape to "draw" images, coiling the coloured tape into miniature sculptures.

Like so! For more, see Australia's Yasmine Ellis.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Kyla Jay / Jaana Tuomisto / Find Me Riveting

Kicking off another World Cup weekend is this "Lego Legs" ring by Australia's Kyla Jay.

Also turning toys into rings is Finnish jeweller Jaana Tuomisto. Have a fun weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cindy Ashbridge / Greetje van den Geest / María Goti

Some people like sprouts in their sandwiches. I like sprouts in my rings — and so does England's Cindy Ashbridge, who magnifies her silver patterns with an overlay of magnifying quartz.

Here's a wild piece with gold tentacles sprouting far and wide by Dutch metalsmith Greetje van den Geest.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Laura Potter / Kami Designs (A Mi Kim)

Trees aren't the only things whose rings reveal their age. "How Old I Am" is an ongoing project by UK artist Laura Potter. In her own words: "I made approximately 100 rings using 0.5mm 18ct gold wire. Each year on my birthday I solder one ring closed around another, thereby producing a chain of connected circles that may be worn together as a ring. The body of the ring builds over time, with each separate wire circle representing a complete year of my life.
This ring will only be finished when I am."

Take an extended lunch, because she has a large portfolio of conceptual jewellery, etc., to explore.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Theresa Hauser / Vanessa Neily / Tom Machin

No need to get snippy — unless you're wearing this brass and silver scissors ring by New York metalsmith Theresa Hauser.

And if you wanted to cut into something a little tastier than paper, Halifax jeweller Vanessa Neily has this knife and fork set.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Takashi Fujimori / Sed Jewelry Design

Four is an unlucky number in Japanese but jeweller Takashi Fujimori's "tetra" ring is safe, since you can really only see three colours at a time. Worn on or between the fingers, in four possible colour configurations, it's really eight rings in one for the lucky owner.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

JooHyun Lee / Jill K. Davis

Tomatoes, bell peppers, blueberries, rings — all wonderful things that grow in greenhouses.

For lots more of interest, including this ring with interchangeable globes, see New York metalsmith JooHyun Lee.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Maricha Genovese / Anna Orska / Naye Quiros

Here's a gem-shaped ring in a material I don't think I've seen treated this way before: wool! See New Jersey's Maricha Genovese for more felted work, as well a series exploring celebrity.

Above: another fluff of white. Just like the ring says, Poland's Anna Orska turns paper (as well as thread and other textiles) into soft jewels.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Emilie Shapiro / Stonenwater Studio (Jaebeom Jeong)

As I was just saying, I have a love of all things gem-shaped — especially when it comes with a spin, like these "rough rings" by Emilie Shapiro. They showcase marquise- and emerald-shaped silver that's been distressed in a way that "real" gems normally can't be.

The Long Island jeweller has a large portfolio of work (including the pieces above), so get a-visitin'!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Selda Okutan / Fabio Cammarata

If I have a thing for gem-shaped metal, can I say I have two things for Selda Okutan? The Turkish jeweller doubles up on the idea with her "Like Diamond" series, which features not just metal gems but also gem-shaped bands.

Above: some of her rings with little figures.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Renee Ugazio / Gi and Pindo

These rings are like the colourful cousin of that magnetic poetry you see on fridges everywhere. I'll let Australia's Renee Ugazio explain (in prose):

"In 'Making Headlines,' the words from donated rubber wristbands were cut out and made available to people at various social, professional and arts events to rebuild into a more personal rhetoric. Through a commodity in which one slogan fits all, this project aims to use the vocabulary of hope (charity) and desire (marketing) to build personal statements that reflect individual ideas, identities and desires."

Visit her site for more.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

John Kent Garrott / Imme van der Haak, Nina Sajet, Ilvy Jacobs & Lieke de Koning

I will resist all urges to call these rings HOT or SSSSSMOKIN' and tell you instead that Indiana's John Kent Garrott is interested in change. Once ignited, his combustible jewellery "cycle[s] through certain stages, producing an ephemeral moment and ultimately a transformed result."

Above: his "Spill" and "Five Minute Burn" rings.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jakub Śliwowski / Eugen Steier

Big, bold acrylic rings brought to you by Polish jeweller Jakub Śliwowski. In unrelated news, I feel like buying a new tape dispenser.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Rebecca Annand / Kyouei Design (Kouichi Okamoto) / Productive Mind (Hideo Nakayasu) / Anne Black

Today is White Wednesday, starting with this silver and plastic "Thumper" ring, above, by Philadelphia's Rebecca Annand.

Nylon and diamond clamp rings by designer Kouichi Okamoto of Japan's Kyouei Design.

Faceted porcelain "Stones" ring by Productive Mind, aka Hideo Nakayasu. He's a member of Novelax, a collective of Dutch-trained Japanese designers.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Stacey Whale / Moritz Glik / Royal Asscher

Previous rings — like this one (follow the "trompe l'oeil" link) and this one — have used magnifying lenses to humorously enlarge a "cheap" diamond. In her "Illusion" series, however, New Zealand's Stacey Whale seals loose gems under a magnifying lens to give the impression that the stones are floating in liquid.

Fine jeweller Moritz Glik of New York has a similar idea with these rings featuring diamonds and gold chips enclosed in double white sapphires.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Yoshie Enda / Tonya Tarr

A humble paper towel transforms into a light and airy ring, decorated with stitching in black thread.

Oh. Make that black hair.

For more art jewellery, visit Rhode Island-based Japanese designer Yoshie Enda.

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