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Friday, December 21, 2012

Iori Matsumoto / Johanneke van Helden

Do I even need to say that the designer is Japanese?

All pieces above by Japan's Iori Matsumoto (no relation — we are legion), whose merry rings (and Christmasy earrings) wish you a very happy holiday season. As do I!

This is my last post of 2012 so have a great New Year and I hope to see you back in 2013!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kirsty Pearson / Mikke Remikke

Yes, these pieces look like they might've been visited by Jack Frost (whose name is even more appropriate when you consider that it comes from the Old Norse "Jokul Frosti," meaning "Icicle Frost"). What they actually remind me of, however, is delicious mizuame (literally, "water candy")! Rings of glass on stainless steel wire by UK designer Kirsty Pearson.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Young Geum Cho / Amandine Meunier

In "Hollow Wear," Stockholm-based Korean artist Young Geum Cho examines "the superficial story of identity in commercial culture" and the "reversed relationship between iconic packaging [such as Tiffany's blue box] and undistinguished actual product." In each successive ring, the package-shaped portion is larger, representing "how visible presentation has become more and more significant than actual substance." Visit her site to see them all.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Made in Metal / Ted Baker

Not to worry, these rings are actually made in metal.

By which I mean, Made in Metal.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Kelly Wearstler / Meg Darlington

Clear quartz usually comes in two flavours: raw and faceted. That's why this ring by California's Kelly Wearstler stands out: the crystal isn't exactly raw but it also hasn't been cut into a brilliant gem. Instead, it's quiet and restrained — making way for that perforated gunmetal!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

LeJu / Vicky Davies

I'm all starry-eyed! These "Orion" rings feature horn encrusted with pyrite, then encased in resin, to gorgeous effect. Visit London's LeJu for more, like gold-plated horn and gem-crusted tagua.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nellie Peoples / Balance Wu Design

Mmm, dodecadent. In the words of Australia's Nellie Peoples: "This series was based on Platonic Solids. They were named after the ancient philosopher Plato who theorised that the classical elements (fire, earth, air, water and spirit) were constructed from regular solids (tetrahedron, cubes, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedrons)."

I also like her flat stacks.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mirjam Dreher / Ops! Objects

These rings are more than just a pretty face(t).

Look closely and you'll see it's what's inside that's most interesting. Forgoing conventional mounting, Germany's Mirjam Dreher drills the silver right into the stones.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Caolina (Silvia Zampa) / Monika Hanečková

In "Heavy Mental," Italy's Silvia Zampa subverts biker jewellery by keeping the designs but changing the material (from metal to porcelain).

I also love her "Stone" rings. See more on her site, Caolina.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Tamara Akcay / Finesse


Or small. Either way, Paris-based Tamara Akcay knows how to make an eye-catching ring.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Fathom and Form / Alberto Bossi

Fathom and Form are my new favourite F-words. Check out these beauties by San Francisco's Christopher Baas and Carleigh Wamberg.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Sculpturings / Lucie

For those of you who are extremely married.

You're looking at Sculpturings by Rebecca Rose, an artist who splits her time between Florida and California. See many more in her gallery!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Nach / Patrick Mavros

It was literally just last week that I thought I'd seen the best animal rings in a while. Well, as soon as I say that, natch, I come across... Nach. Not only does the French brand make a varied assortment of animals...

...they also give them rockin' mullets!

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Susanne Wein / Ikcha

Despite my feeble attempts of yesterday, the reality is that aside from the abundant evergreens, it's the season of bare branches. In the hands of Germany's Susanne Wein, that's not such a bad thing.

Above: the jeweller's "Capture of Europe" horn rings.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Hagar Goldenberg / Laura Moore / Plant/Plant

I'm going to try to fend off December by posting some vernal greenery — but since it is December, I'll have to go with plastic. Ring by Israel's Hagar Goldenberg.

If plastic won't do it, maybe... string? Rings by UK jeweller Laura Moore.

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