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Thursday, April 26, 2012

SPO Créations / ILDVED

Pop quiz. SPO Créations:

   a) stands for "sculptures, parures, objets"

   b) is the work of French jeweller Patricia Lemaire

   c) features lovely botanical metalwork

   d) all of the above

I think you know the answer.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joanna Hill / Celina Rupp

Inspired by man-made landscapes, Edinburgh artist Joanna Hill uses laser-etched acrylic sheet to "describe old architecture reflected in modern structures." Lots of lovely pieces in her portfolio, including enamel work!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Francesca Smith / Richbon

If you need a vase for your gerbera daisy, this probably costs a lot less than a Volkswagen Beetle.

Hair ring and "Hand Vase," above, both by London's Francesca Smith.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

POTUS31 (Herbert Hoover) / Healy Designs

There's only one way this awesome steampunk rocket kit could be improved.

And there we go. New York's Herbert Hoover, aka POTUS31, creates miniature sculptures, silver snackfoods, rocket rings and more.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Dha-Mee Hahn / Blanche & Lola

A lock of hair, a switch, a retractable pen — twiddlers, rejoice! California's Dha-Mee Hahn takes care of all your fidgety needs.

She also has something to refresh you after all that fidgeting: plastic fruit rings from her "Artificial Preciousness" series.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zoe McMurdo / Infmetry

In her "How to Touch a Sky Roof" series, Australia's Zoe McMurdo explores "the idea of looking up." In her words: "Each work is a honeycomb cage-like structure, with delicate paper stitched to each hexagonal frame representing the leafy canvas of a forest roof. When held up to the light, it provides a glorious ambiance only visible to the wearer, pinpricked stars on an isolate of paper."

Above, a ring from her "Do You Believe in the Tooth Fairy?" series, in which she used different materials to symbolize different stages of life. See more work on her blog.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lis2 (Anetę Lis-Marcinkiewicz and Adrianę Lisowską) / Bonnie Bling & Obscure Couture

Two's the magic number for Poland's Lis2, where a pair of Lises (Anetę Lis-Marcinkiewicz and Adrianę Lisowską) has made double-top rings featuring real amber paired with fake amber. Check out their "true & false" rings on their site or see Anetę's and Adrianę's individual portfolios.

Here's a second duo of designers with rings that come in pairs. Bonnie Bling and Obscure Couture collaborated on these knuckledusters that come in two-word/two-ring phrases such as "hard core," "man up" and, pictured above, "och aye." As you may have guessed, they're from Scotland.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Búfalo Rosa / Formabina

Quirky. Jumbly. Knotty. Either Snow White actually knew ten dwarfs or I'm describing these colourful rings by Spain's Búfalo Rosa (Mónica Mandarina).

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Monday, April 16, 2012

E-vasiva / Rie Hosokai

I have a fear of popping balloons. If I were trapped inside one, even with needle in hand, I'd be imprisoned until the thing deflated on its own because I simply cannot bring myself to pop the damn things. Luckily, these balloons come pre-deflated, and pleated, and cut into pieces, becoming the "fabric" of choice for Italy's E-vasiva (note: the second piece pictured above is a bracelet).

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Liana Sălăgean / Christine Bukkehave / Me Me (Michelle Scicluna) / Elisabeth Sann / Poly Nikolopoulou

I just checked my watch and it's time again for Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, starting with a burst of red from Romania's Liana Sălăgean.

Painted wood "stratus" ring by Denmark's Christine Bukkehave.

Ring from the "Dhana" collection by London's Me Me (Michelle Scicluna).

The world needs more elephants! This one by New York's Elisabeth Sann.

Ending things just as we started, with an accent of red, from Greek jeweller Poly Nikolopoulou (who, by the way, does have an elephant in her lovely collection).

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shannnam / Shawish

These aren't the first miniatures I've had on my blog but they very well may be my favourite. Hong Kong duo Shannnam (Riyo Chan & Howard Kwong) delight with their "Fragmented Chronicles" series.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lusasul (Carmen Zambrano) / Morgan Patricia Designs

Make a splash with this "waves" ring...

...or any of the other shiny pieces from Lusasul (Mexico's Carmen Zambrano).

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Regal Rose / Rafida Bijoux

London's Regal Rose has got me seeing stars — big, bold, shiny stars. Visit them for a cool collection of rocker chic pieces!

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Andy Pop / Little Love Prints

These rings bring new meaning to the phrase "a pop of colour." Poland's Andy Pop (Maria Kuboszek and Tomasza Woźniaka) let you actually pop out the pop and let you change the colour whenever you want! And unlike other rings, the colour doesn't come from resin, acrylic or enamel. What is it? Think back to your pre-school days... nope, not crayon. It's Plasticine!

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Rebecca Hannon / Lucie van der Elst

Ever since seeing her colourful laminate pieces, I've been stalking Rebecca Hannon's site hoping for some rings. Well, the wait is over. Above, the Halifax artist's rings in plastic and fimo. Below, her silver bird rings. Tons more to see on her site — I especially love the architectural brooches!

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Jinggoy Buensucesoart / Sharon Massey

In his buffed aluminum jewellery, Singapore-based Filipino artist Jinggoy Buensucesoart turns erosion into design. Be sure to check out his gorgeous sculptures, as well!

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Mabel Hasell / Sunsan

While some may see these as precious stones erupting from underneath, I see the stones in a more passive role, with the wearer scratching away at the surface to reveal the hidden gems. Of course, that could be my years of experience talking (experience in peeling foil away from chocolate, that is). For a modern take on stone settings, visit UK jeweller Mabel Hasell.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Alex Laurie / Elena Martinelli

More playful diamonds today! I absolutely love these spinning illusion rings from the UK's Alex Laurie. In one ring, two separate images combine to "draw" a diamond when spun together; in another, the spinning motion makes the diamond seem to grow in size (like a flip book). Visit her site for more!

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