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Friday, July 30, 2010

Line Jorddal / Julie Shaw

To help you better understand her jewellery, this Norwegian designer provides a helpful diagram:

She also demonstrates how to wear a ring around your neck:

For more of Line Jorddal, visit her site!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jiska Hartog, Michiel Henneman & Jonas Staal / Adi Zaffran Weisler

What an unfortunate ring.

Not because of the ring itself, but because of the circumstance. In their "Bomb Wreck" series, Dutch artists Jiska Hartog, Michiel Henneman and Jonas Staal used scraps from a March 2007 bomb attack in Baghdad. Read more here.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Michelle Kirana Oh / Misato Iijima

I seem to be all about the nails this week. Today, we have what I believe are the first ever toe rings to make an appearance on this blog: nail-capping "Arcana" rings by London-based Indonesian artist Michelle Kirana Oh.

Visit her portfolio for more, like these nature-inspired "mutant" rings, above.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Amélie Onzon / Woolfspoon (Wolfgang Loeffler)

Unless you've got a set of yesterday's rings (see below), you never know when your nails will need a little repair. Like a good little boy scout, Dutch artist Amélie Onzon is prepared.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Anna-Sara Dåvik / Simone Nolden

This manicure won't chip... though it may tarnish. "Fake Nail" rings in gold and silver by Swedish womenswear designer Anna-Sara Dåvik.

If you're pressed for time, the gloved version will help you slip on five at once.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Lillian Pau / Rowan Davis

I say I'm obsessed with rings but Lillian Pau brings it to a whole new level. In the UK artist's own words:

"A dark collection of jewellery designed to reflect order and disorder. Repetitive, intrusive thoughts resulting in compulsive behaviour are redefined in this collection, questioning whether we all have slight OCD. Humour and eccentric use of repetition is used to introduce an OCD sufferer's daily routines, alerting the wearer to follow the rules. Taking jewellery to the edge, the bold colours and forms give a beautiful packaging to possible OCD generators."

The light switch bracelet is my favourite (visit her site to see).

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mutterland / Eoin M. Lyons / Wheeler Willis

Zippity do dah, zippery day! Rings above by London-based Austrian jeweller Birgit Maria Schmidt of Mutterland (top), Ireland's Eoin M. Lyons (bottom left) and Washington, DC's Wheeler Willis (bottom right).

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stacey Bentley / Mendel Heit / Nicole Langner

I love the vaguely cellular/vascular (and, dare I say, mullet-al) feel of this ring by Edinburgh's Stacey Bentley. Her textured enamel series is gorgeous and well worth a look.

Here's another cellular ring in 3D-printed stainless steel from German product designer Mendel Heit.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Peace Treaty / Tasaki / Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez / Moonwoods

If you have two fingers, congratulations: you're equipped to don this fantastic bronze ring by New York's A Peace Treaty (Farah Malik & Dana Arbib). Their collection was inspired by the nomadic tribes of Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Another two-finger ring from Japan's Tasaki. The full-circle shanks are a nice detail.

Last but not least, a striking, sculptural two-finger piece by New York's Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez (originally from Mexico).

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Aude Tahon / Juanamaraña

These rings are a breath of fresh air — and not just because the white ones remind me of baby's breath (which I've always found to be a slightly creepy name for a flower, but that's neither here nor there). French textile jeweller Aude Tahon keeps her pieces light and airy with her loose-knit crochet rings.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sayaka Yamamoto / Zen Silver (Daisuke Yamashita)

Anyone who "nose" Japanese will get this visual pun. This is Sayaka Yamamoto's spin on the ubiquitous flower ring — "hana" being the Japanese word for both "flower" and "nose." See more from the Netherlands-based designer at BCXSY, which showcases her collaboration with Israel native Boaz Cohen.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Charles Wyatt / Jennifer Tran / Keiko Kubota-Miura / Phoebe Porter / Karin Roy Michelle Andersson

I usually do my random pluckings at the end of the week but sometimes I go a little k-razy and do things on Thursdays that I normally do on Fridays. Unfortunately, this does not mean tomorrow is the weekend.

Above: ring in steel and nylon by Australia's Charles Wyatt.

"Contrast" rings by Brooklyn's Jennifer Tran.

Copper, foil and patina by New York-based Japanese jeweller Keiko Kubota-Miura.

Folded titanium by Australia's Phoebe Porter.

Wing ring by Sweden's Karin Roy Michelle Andersson.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Małgosi Kalińskiej / Lockmaria

These rings remind me of lace eyelashes...

... which are not as foreign a concept as you might think. Lace lashes by Shu Uemura; lace rings by Poland's Małgosia Kalińska.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dan Connelly / Zoe Buchanan

I'm lucky I'm not a caffeine addict. If I were, combined with my ring addiction, this "Caffeine Injector" ring would be the jittery end of me. Then there's the "Lethal Dose" ring:

Rings above by Illinois artist Dan Connelly, who has a great gallery of sculptural work.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Ramjuly / Anneleen Eyckmans & Bart Robeyns

Feeling a little low? Rings are the best pick-me-up, and nobody knows that better than Ramjuly, aka Bulgarian jewellers Antoaneta Petrova Ramdjulska and Emanuela Deyanova Ramjuly (now based in Amsterdam). The duo, who create gorgeous botanical jewellery, describe themselves as "self-esteem architects."

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Yuma Fujimaki / Pamela Pereyra

There was a time when personal computers were a rarified commodity understood only by the Anthony Michael Halls of the world. Here we are, in the ostensible, capital-F Future, and the "computer user = frumpy geek" stereotype still persists. Well, maybe these rings can help break that image. While we've previously seen computer chips glued onto ring shanks, Japanese jeweller Yuma Fujimaki elevates the concept by forming the entire ring from a circuit board and turning the wiring into a graphic pattern. This jewellery doesn't rely on circuitry as a gimmick; take it away and you're still left with a lovely hexagonal ring.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Carrie Bilbo / Zerger (Nesrin Dugan)

This pleated pastiche is a ring, brooch and necklace all in one! Talk about a matching set.

But what you really want to check out on Brooklynite Carrie Bilbo's site is her insect- and spider-themed jewellery (arachnophobes, beware!). Pictured above are her stacked "entomophobia" rings in silver, brass, resin and cicada wings.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sarah Doremus / Kinekt Design (Glen Liberman)

"Ohmigod!" The title of this puppet ring sums up my thoughts on amazing jeweller Sarah Doremus.

The Maine artist's kinetic rings cannot be missed! Among my favourites is the hilarious "Queen Elizabeth Wave" ring (pictured above, bottom left).

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