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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cristina Zani / Sirena Azzurro

This ring immediately brought to mind a specific memory I have of Ueno Park in Tokyo. Turns out I was off by 700 miles.

All rings above by UK jeweller Cristina Zani's "My Seoul" collection, inspired by "the contrasting architecture" of the South Korean city.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Judith Peterhoff / Nina Schymczyk

Blood clots: always better outside the body than inside.

From collagen to dentine to the mucous membrane of the small intestine, UK jeweller Judith Peterhoff explores the inner body in her latest porcelain collection.

Check out the work in her archives, as well!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jou Jou / Juju

At the time of this writing, there are zero results on Google for the phrase "different but unassuming" (in quotation marks) but, ironically, several results for "unique but unassuming." Well, then, allow me to be the first: I like how these rings have an interesting edge while being fairly modest. You know, different but unassuming. By Japan's Jou Jou.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Carine Chang / Sasha Chi

Tout tutu today! Your fingers can point — and now, they can be en pointe with this "Ballet" collection from England's Carine Chang.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Orr / Spexton

When it comes to these designers, the sky's the limit.

These shiny, colourful rings seems to want to float away... Let Iceland's Orr (ÁstÞór Helgason and Kjartan Örn Kjartansson) take you with them.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Humphrey Wong / Frank Luckham

I think I just purred. Check out the architectural lines of Hong Kong's Humphrey Wong.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Joji Kojima / Dark Mode 3

Exquisite animals re-imagined as exquisite rings: Lizard, Flamingo, Anaconda.

All rings above by Paris-based Joji Kojima.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lizzie Pearce / Namoa

I'm mesmerized by how she captured the iridescence of a pigeon's neck. It's almost as mesmerizing as the word "mesmerizing" itself. (It just wouldn't be the same if Franz Mesmer had been born Franz Finkelstein.)

For foxes, badgers and other felted friends, visit England's Lizzie Pearce.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Columbiform / Megumi Toyokawa

Columbiform (New York's Gillian Steiner) is all about cubes and tubes — and chains, as in the rings pictured above. See all the pieces on her site!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Mike Årsjö / Gretchen Jones

For a third consecutive day of armour, check out Sweden's Mike Årsjö, whose collaborations with various designers have yielded bold, masculine bodywear. Shown above are pieces from his collaboration with Swedish label Obscur for their latest menswear collection.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Justyna Stasiewicz / FREYWILLE

Here's some "finger armour" that does a 180 from yesterday's! This copper piece was inspired by the art of Max Ernst.

All rings (and bees!) above by Poland's Justyna Stasiewicz.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Paola Volpi / Lesley Rand Bennett

I'm starting to think Joan of Arc was only in it for the armour. I would be, too, if it looked as cool as these "armour" rings by Italy's Paola Volpi. Visit her site for more, including chunky rope necklaces.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Erika A. Uzmann / Wildfox Couture

If you're going to have a cow, the modern meat industry is as good a reason as any. Pictured above are "Genetically Modified" rings from "Know Your Meat," a fascinating series by Illinois artist Erika A. Uzmann (I couldn't resist including some brooches, as well). When you're done checking out the awesome pieces, you can read the accompanying blog here.

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Dallas Maynard / Wi Hihanni Takahashi

I was happily reading all about His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (the 85 year old, Massachusetts-born, world's longest-serving current head of state) when I realized this isn't a Thai crown at all. It's a starfish! Or one fifth of one, anyway.

Chicago metalsmith Dallas Maynard displays "archaeological and zoological tendencies," making use of "natural elements like bones, teeth, claws, and fur — paying homage to the Native American theory of 'waste not, want not.'"

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Mengnan Qu / Catherine Zoraida

How do you say "giddyup" in Mandarin? Visit Chinese artist Mengnan Qu for beautiful works informed by her culture (like these horse rings). Not surprisingly, she originally trained as a painter.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lawrence Woodford / Jenny Balson

While some may value spinning rims for their looks, what about cinder blocks and crowbars? It turns out they, too, can be works of art, as long as they're in the hands of Lawrence Woodford. The jewellery artist, currently working in Washington, D.C., re-appropriates motifs from gang culture and turns them into "softer wearable adornments."

Don't miss his other collections! Pictured above is a ring from his "Urban Worship" series.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Linda Ezerman / Bridget Harvey

"Imagine your bloom." So says Dutch artist Linda Ezerman, whose work is inspired by the "outside world." Visit her site for more, like the cool "ice" rings made of polymer clay.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Sophie Alice Hirsch / Sandy Leong

If your New Year's resolutions have you acting like an angel, there's no better time for one of these halo-like rings by Sophie Alice Hirsch. Or, step it up a notch with one of the UK artist's actual halos, which you can find on her site.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Hannah Ferrara Smitley (Another Feather) / Flashy Era

After the excess of the holidays, a little minimalist relief. Bronze and gold rings by North Carolina's Hannah Ferrara Smitley; for availability, check her shop, Another Feather.

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