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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rebekah Joy Martinez / Christine Brodersen / Simona Materi / Amy Burkholder

A trio of botanical rings today, starting with this bourgeoning work in silver and pearls from the "Secret Garden" collection by RISD student Rebekah Joy Martinez.

Putting focus on the under-represented physalis plant is Germany's Christine Brodersen (who also has some nice knot rings).

Not your typical leaf ring! Gorgeous "Supernatural" ring by Italian jeweller Simona Materi.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

24Karas (Elizabeth Karas) / Cadeaux Jewelry

Elephants just might be the opposite of lace but they all get the same precious, delicate treatment from New York's 24Karas (Elizabeth Karas), who makes "jewelry for dreamers." For me, the combination conjures up images of a princess riding a pachyderm through the streets of Jaipur...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Hollie Paxton / Reliquiae Jewelry (Lisa Wells)

It's a long weekend for some — are you beach-bound? If so, you may encounter UK jeweller Hollie Paxton and her fun "seaside" collection.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Elyona / Jeu de Tree

In "Bridge Builder," Korea's Elyona imagines a young engineer during the Industrial Revolution and turns out a collection filled with nuts and bolts and rings based on the geometric structures of the engineer's bridge. Visit the site for all the pieces!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sophie Monet / Shayan Afshar

Wood, turquoise, crystal and gold leaf are the four basic food groups feeding this collection from Los Angeles jeweller Sophie Monet, who's inspired by the natural environment.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

jungjung / José Andrés

With all those fruit rings out there, it's nice to see veggies getting their due! These crochet sprout rings are part of a larger "vege" collection by Japan's jungjung, which includes an adorable array of radishes, beans, cauliflower and more.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Miss Pelpa (Marta Oviedo) / Theresa Moore

Argentina's Miss Pelpa (Marta Oviedo) is here to brighten your Monday with these bulbous rings made from paper mache!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Nicola Mather / Zara Lo

Before you enjoy your weekend, enjoy the work of Nicola Mather. The UK jeweller works mainly with stainless steel and photo-etched silver.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Colin Kippen / Margriet Livain

Forget your smartphone — this baby can fax! Visit Oregon's Colin Kippen for this plus a great array of rough, oxidized silver rings that look like they were chipped off a rocky cliff.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Katsura Sasaki / Thereza Pedrosa

Oh. I would trade my first-born for one of these. Only, I don't have a first-born... but maybe I could borrow yours? They're worth it! Beaded dodecahedron rings by Japan's Katsura Sasaki.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Maayan Kanyas / Susan Ewington / Topman

Careful — these rings have a dark side! Hinges, protrusions and a dark/light contrast figure prominently in this collection from Israel's Maayan Kanyas.

Above, more hinges and protrusions, this time from Australia's Susan Ewington.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Danielle Nicole Hills / Fortune Favors the Brave

If Danielle Nicole Hills offers to uncork a bottle of red, make sure you know what you're in for. Shown above are the New York metalsmith's "Medical Sample" (with stage blood) and "Predator" rings from her collection, Gilding Primal Instinct. I get the feeling this is one person who embraces, rather than fears, Friday the 13th!

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

o*LiveLand (Olive Kraus) / When the Music's Over

Scratch what I said yesterday. If anything reminds me of Cracker Jack, it's these treat-filled rings in crocheted vinyl from Missouri's o*LiveLand (Olive Kraus).

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

casaKiro (Vania Ruiz) / Caco Honorato

These rings are like boxes of Cracker Jack — there's a treat inside every one! Chilean architect Vania Ruiz of casaKiro works with resin and silver, embedding materials native to her country (like lapis lazuli and alpaca wool).

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Liesl Hazelton / Artifacts (Casey Perez) / National Design Collective

I was going to hold off on this posting because these are the only thing on the designer's site right now. But they're sockets. What more could you need? Socket rings by Australia's Liesl Hazelton.

Well, I guess if you have a socket, a plug would be handy, too. Silver and bronze pair from New York's Artifacts by Casey Perez.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Taisuke Nakada / Selene Lozano / Ruth Temur / BulletGirl




Mondays painful for you? At least you have it better than these rings. Above: iron and silver bullet-hole rings by Japan's Taisuke Nakada, gold hoop rings by Argentina's Selene Lozano and enamelled sliced-top rings by Germany's Ruth Temur.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Rudee Tancharoen / To22

If my ring obsession gets any worse, this is me in two years. In her interactive art piece "Me: Jewellery," Thailand's Rudee Tancharoen invites the person to be the ring. Visit her site for more, including actual pieces of wearable jewellery.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Frédérique Coomans / Dilan Walpola

Not only does this bracelet-ring drape over the hand like a scarf, it even looks like it's wearing a scarf itself! For more, check out the cool "Squamate" series from Belgian jeweller Frédérique Coomans (while you're there, be sure to check out her collection made with baby doll parts, too).

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Foglianera (Alessandro Bean) / Body Farm

I just realized the only thing separating me from a Hollywood serial killer is that I post photos of my obsession all over a website instead of all over my blood-smeared basement walls. I'm sure that puts Alessandro Bean's mind at ease. For more of the Italian jeweller's awesome work, visit his site, Foglianera.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Clizia Ornato / Colleáyn T. Klaibourne

If only I could wear one of these and get shipped to Japan for 80 cents. Featuring real postage stamps and kimono fabric, "Letters to Japan" reflects Clizia Ornato's time spent in Nippon (or, less formally, Nihon, both native names for Japan). The Italian jeweller also has collections inspired by her travels to Africa and the Americas.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Nicola Clarke / Giorgio Chiarcos

Like wrinkles on a face, the wear and tear on these rings only serves to make them more interesting. Fine silver "to be worn" rings by UK jeweller Nicola Clarke.

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