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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Staen / Annelise Michelson

Hellish, Horrid and Hideous were available but, somehow, we went with, "Have a Happy Hallowe'en." Okay, then. Have a happy one, and enjoy these horn and halo rings from the "From Heaven to Hell" collection by Belgium's Staen.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mulika Nir / Hila Kaminer

I guess cool runs in the family. "My Cool Grandpa" is just one of many wild pieces by Israeli jeweller Mulika Nir; of note are the nose ring from "Paper & Wood" and the hair neckpiece in her "Fashion" slideshow.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stefan Alexandres / Erik Stewart

I love this juxtaposition of sleek titanium planes and jagged crags, and half expect these rings to be smoldering, like so many remnants from a Schwarzeneggerian apocalypse. Plus, there are rings for not just one finger, or two fingers, but 1¼ fingers. To see more, visit Greek jeweller Stefan Alexandres, now based in Florida.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ruth Laird / Satoko Nobe

It's finally happened: I'm using trigonometry in everyday life. Well, not so much "using" as "spelling," but still. Pictured above are the "trigonometry" and "tangent" rings by UK designer Ruth Laird, who's inspired by math and physics. Visit her site for the rest of the collection!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

N. Historiae / SuEnvy

I wonder if my fear of deep waters started with the uber-creepy illustrations in my copy of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, a book I (inexplicably, given its themes) owned as a child but did not read because I couldn't get past said artwork. If so, perhaps these mermaidenly rings by Toronto's N. Historiae (Flora Lam) could be a first step toward rehabilitation. Suddenly, fins and scales are much more appealing.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

RICO by Mizuki Shinkai / Mayu Okamatsu

Pearls before swine: bad.   Swine on pearls: good.

Check out Japan's RICO by Mizuki Shinkai for subtle but interesting work with pearls and gems.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Olivia Ball / Fifth Heaven Designs

Bear can't even handle how cool this ring is.

To check out these puppet rings and more, like rings inspired by her new home of Newfoundland, visit UK jeweller Olivia Ball.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ami Victoria Pepper / Kate Bell

In "Abandoned," UK artist Ami Victoria Pepper explores her fascination with the "sea wrack of organic matter" that washes ashore on the Pembrokeshire coast, using silicone and wire to create rings that are "sculpted in the shapes and textures of shells that are left behind on the beach like abandoned homes."

Visit her site for many more interesting collections!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Jing Jing Cao / Isharya / Zariin

UK-based Jing Jing Cao does some very cool work with lasercut acrylic and brass — but rings aren't her focus. But I really wanted her on my blog. But this photo is 66% bangles. But there is a ring there, so it still counts, and her other work is well worth a look. But just in case you need more rings, here's another post:

At Isharya, neon resin somehow makes sense right next to ornate gold, as sisters-in-law Gauri and Radhika Tandon create "statement pieces which effortlessly fuse California chic with Bollywood glamour."

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Sara Malm / Ana Weisz

Sweden's Sara Malm is all about playful, ironic jewellery — some of which may literally stick their tongues out at you. Check out her gallery of interesting shapes and colours!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Vladimir Markin / Nici Laskin

A little office supply chic from Russian jeweller Vladimir Markin.

Visit his site for more, including a cute collection full of underwear and this amazing ring custom-made for the 60th birthday of Russian conductor and violinist/violist Yuri Bashmet.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Margherita / Chimaski

It's ring Rashomon! In her "Distorted [Perception/Impression]" series, Lebanon's Margherita (Ghita Abi-Hanna) explores the notion that "[t]he way we view our surroundings is based on our personal perceptions and impressions that may often be distorted by our experiences, circumstances, knowledge and preconceptions."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Laura Templeton / Rebecca Morrison / Miwako Okuda

I suspect my roof might currently look a little something like this ring by Brooklyn-based Laura Templeton (i.e., not quite waterproof).

While I deal with the problematic roof over my head, a nice roof over my finger is extra appealing. Above, the "Cobble" ring by UK jeweller Rebecca Morrison.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Robyn Golding / Andrea Garland

We've previously seen ring-wearing rings, so I guess the nose-ring-wearing nose ring was inevitable! The UK's Robyn Golding uses doll parts to explore "the idea of preciousness within [her] own childhood." Visit her site for the rest of the collection, like the baby soother (made with a mouth), earrings (made with ears) and necklace (made with — you guessed it — feet).

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Eleanor Simms / Wilfredo Rosado

"On the Verge of Exchange" is a collection about secrets and trust. I could go on, but that would be telling.

To learn more, visit UK artist Eleanor Simms.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Anna Atterling / Masoon

What's the plural of "circle"? If you're Sweden's Anna Atterling, the answer isn't just "circles," it's "lace."

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Chloé Herrero / Alice Clarke

The "Bell Jar" is a novel (excuse the pun) take on the porcelain fragment ring. To see more, visit Spanish jeweller Chloé Herrero.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Viola Yoo / Toril Bonsaksen

It's true: you can't always trust Wikipedia. Polystyrene's uses, it says, "include protective packaging, containers, lids, bottles, trays, tumblers, and disposable cutlery." Not a single word about jewellery. Someone needs to introduce an editor to UK artist Viola Yoo.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Musibatty / Jess Kay Designs

Some fantastic graphic patterns from Mexico's Musibatty (Jennifer Musi).

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Maria Militsi / Moon Raven Designs

While Dominique Ansel gave us the cronut, Greek jeweller Maria Militsi gives us the ultimate accessories hybrid: shoes and rings. Mmmmm.

Visit her site for more interesting pieces, like this ring that slots ever-so-satisfyingly into a wrench.

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