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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Minhee Seo / Julie Van Hees

A plethora of piquing pairings from Korean artist Minhee Seo. Visit her site to see the full "Love Story" series, in which she creates complementary wedding rings that become one shape when they "hold hands."

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Sabrina Meyns / Åsa Halldin / Silastones (Ponsawan Sila)

Dandelions are a great symbol for the end of summer — a burst of warm, bright yellow which then fades and blows away into the autumn wind. Nope, the truth in this ring cannot be denied: September is right around the corner. Ring by Ireland's Sabrina Meyns.

Above, another ring vaguely reminiscent of dandelion seeds, from Sweden's Åsa Halldin.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Ara Kuo / Carolien Smith

In Japanese, "Ara!" means, loosely, "Oh my!" And that's exactly what I was thinking as I perused the portfolio of Taiwanese jeweller Ara Kuo, who offers a little something surprising in every piece.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Alma Handmade (Andrea Miranda Salas) / Weissglut Design (Stefan Kiefer & Jessica Zwack)


I covet these strong, simple, porcelain double-rings by Brooklyn's Alma Handmade (Andrea Miranda Salas).

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alice Jee Chung / Francine Oeyen / Frances Morgan Oliver

A green gem for a greener planet: "Bubbly Emerald" ring in silver and recycled champagne bottle by Rhode Island's Alice Jee Chung.

As for the non-glass portion of a champagne bottle, Argentina's Francine Oeyen has this cork piece with a cute house detail in silver. See more of her jewellery at her latest project, Be My Walking Gallery.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tanja Hartmann / Ayşe Kozaci

In case yesterday wasn't enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, Germany's Tanja Hartmann has some delightful meringue rings in a whole feast of flavours (and licorice rings, too — she does, after all, live next door to the Dutch).

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Content and Container (Pia Pasalk) / David Clarke

These sweet rings came out in 2004 — but sugar doesn't go bad (especially not in ring form) so they're A-OK by me. Sugar wedding rings by German artist Pia Pasalk of Content and Container.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

20% off Sale!


Heads up! I'm running a 20% off $25 sale in my ring shop right now! The sale runs through Monday, August 30th so don't miss out.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Andy Lifschutz / Roux Bijoux (Rosa Martínez Arcos)

Sometimes, when nature speaks, it shouts — and my fingers are all ears. Rings above from the "Nature Speaks" collection by Portland, Oregon's Andy Lifschutz.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Helene Josefsen / Elisabeth Hoff

In that little overlap in the Venn diagram of thread-knitters and metal-knitters sits Norway's Helene Josefsen, with these gorgeous little objects. (The second photo above is actually of a brooch, but I included it for a clearer picture of the contrast between the two materials.)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ian Henderson / John Clayborn

Do rubber feathers come from rubber chickens? No, they come from Ian Henderson. The Boston artist wraps ribbons of rubber over an aluminum frame to create these light, plumed pieces.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Maria Hees / MaaP Studio / Cathy Gee

I love it when jewellers give an organic quality to ceramic, and I have a double dose of that today. First: some small porcelain pods by Maria Hees, a Dutch designer who makes bags as well as jewellery.

More porcelain pods in pastel by England's MaaP Studio (Polish- born Monika Skrzypkowska).

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Peter Spilsbury / Sophie Bütikofer

So much of Hollywood these days is plastic, I wonder how far we are from celebrities just going whole-hog and setting their entire faces in resin. I mean, everything looks great when preserved in a clear encasing! Encasing in point: these rings by British designer Peter Spilsbury, who works with natural specimens like plants and feathers. Be sure to check out his blog to see some great comic-art jewellery in resin, as well.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Anny Ching Chin Hsieh / Helena Malone

Taiwan's Anny Ching Chin Hsieh takes us from ugly ducklings...

... to adorable bunnies ...

... to clean, modern metal (like this "autumn leaves" ring).

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stephanie Robinson / Nora Dougherty

In the immortal words of philosopher Olivia Newton-John, let's get physical. Stephanie Robinson's kinetic rings are inspired by "simple mechanisms such as hinges and pistons" and aim for "a linear design in motion." To quote the New Hampshire-based jeweller even further:

"This series concentrates on the wearer creating movement in the pieces. The wearer's ring finger fits in the silver ring, and the little finger fits the gold ring. When the little finger moves up and down, a playful and surprising movement is created!"

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Atmosphere / Shana Teugels / Anna Bagnall

In the brutal heat, these "frozen" glass rings are a soothing, cooling sight for the eyes — as are the white enamel bands. Rings by Japan's Atmosphere (formerly known as Brutal Works).

Here's a case of a ring that was too cold. Dissatisfied with the coldness of her sculptural metal ring, Belgium's Shana Teugels dipped it in latex then sprayed it in white paint. You can view the piece on her blog; her own site is currently under construction.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Susan Ewing / Quite Clever (Elizabeth Beeson)

All those people who misspell "angle" as "angel" must have Susan Ewing on their minds, because her angled "Arquitectonica" rings are pure heaven. (That made more sense in my head.)

She even has sharp points in her "Ring for Making Bubbles." The Ohio metalsmith has many interesting pieces, so don't let my cheesy write-up deter you from a visit!

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Francesca Stadelmayr / Hikaru Kiyonaga / Clovis Wilson-Copp / Silke Rehermann / Nicholas O'Donnell-Hoare

Time yet again for Random Pluckings from my Bookmarks, otherwise known as "here are a bunch of rings I like but which I haven't had time to write anything about, excuse the preposition at the end."

Above: perspex ring by Germany's Francesca Stadelmayr.

"Starlight Baby" resin rings by Canadian artist Hikaru Kiyonaga.

"Eye of Horse" by UK designer Clovis Wilson-Copp.

Familiar objects reimagined by Germany's Silke Rehermann.

"Gold Ring" money stamp by UK artist Nicholas O'Donnell-Hoare.

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