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Friday, November 28, 2008

Rachel McKnight / Natasha Heaslip

What better gift for a layered, colourful person than a layered, colourful ring? And if that person also happens to be translucent, all the more appropriate! Albeit medically peculiar! Rings in polypropylene, rubber and silver by Northern Ireland's Rachel McKnight.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Marie Bonfils / Inkarma

A Rooster with legs made of Rusty nails? Friendly Giant, this one's for you. Ring by Denmark's Marie Bonfils.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Jed Green / Sprout Jewelry

I'm pretty sure I've seen spheres before. And I'm pretty sure these are spheres. So why do I feel like I'm looking at something new? I don't know how she does it but UK jeweller Jed Green takes a ubiquitous shape and makes it her own with these planetary rings in glass, pearls and silver.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Annamária Kovaľová / Asha Beta (Nicomis Blalock)

Awooga? Slovak designer Annamária Kovaľová has a series of rings and necklaces featuring this large knob form — a shape reminiscent of those old-timey car horns. I don't think they're squeezable, though, as they look to be made of resin (but that's just a guess, and I hate to make an ess out of u and g). Below, some more samples of her work:

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Betty Pepper / Millemo

Destroying books is sacrilege! But creating rings is... whatever the opposite of sacrilege is! I'm torn... like the pages of this book! While my mind runs in an infinite loop, please enjoy the work of British artist Betty Pepper, who creates jewellery using aged and faded textiles that she feels are "constantly in a state of deterioration."

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Globalcoolo (Patrizia Iacino) / Gwen Oulman Brennan

I knew Cracker Jacks came with a prize, but asparagus? New York-based Italian jeweller Patrizia Iacino saw the potential in those rubber bands that hold your produce together, recycling them into eye-catching pieces like this ring from her SAL collection (above).

Visit her site Globalcoolo for more, including milk caps, bottle caps and this ring cast from a contact lens case. (Which I guess makes it more lens-catching than eye-catching.)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hadas Shaham / Natasha Seedorf

Parkades and smokestacks may have given metal and concrete a bad name but Israel's Hadas Shaham is here to change all that. Defying the cold, industrial style you might expect from a line of concrete jewellery, her pieces are architectural with a pretty flourish — little pieces of paved paradise that even Joni Mitchell might appreciate.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nathalie Perneel / Nuada Accessories

Here's a bird with some special stuffing.

Spot the ring?

Ring with stomach and intestines (in glass, pearls and silver) from "Bird with Organs" by Belgian metalsmith Nathalie Perneel. (There was a heart, too, but that went to a bracelet.)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jahyun Rita Baek / Ramei Keum

I was going to say something about the gorgeous "clouds" collection by Jahyun Rita Baek but I swear this ring hypnotized the thoughts right out of my head. So... soothing...

Above, a more colourful piece from the London jeweller, who's become my latest favourite.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Sakurako Shimizu / Jenny Lau

Gesundheit! In her "Waveform" series, Brooklyn's Sakurako Shimizu records human sounds (like a sneeze or a giggle), runs the data through some editing software and lasercuts the resulting soundwave into her jewellery — the ultimate in personalized patterns. The first photo is actually a cuff but the second is a pair of wedding bands based on a recording of the words "I do." (For a similar concept, see these EKG rings.)

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bario Neal

Weekend quickie: I normally don't post the same designer more than once but I get to cheat in this case because of a name change! Philadelphia's Rust Belt, whom I listed last year as one of my "even more jewellery" non-ring links, is now Bario Neal — and they now sell rings, like these enamel pieces, US$53.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kathleen Hennemann / Justin Klocke

You can have your E=mc2 — it takes real genius to make me want to wear a wine goblet embedded in concrete. Germany's Kathleen Hennemann puts a modern edge on old-world motifs, resulting in an amazing collection. More samples below but be sure to visit her site to see it all!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Adeline Cacheux / Formfieber

I've heard of people matching their ring to their manicure but to do it the other way around? That deserves a slow clap.

All rings above by French jeweller Adeline Cacheux, queen of tangled chains.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

YunJu Lee / Manuel Charpenet

These rings aren't the only ironic thing in YunJu Lee's collection. Check out the UK designer's site for a playful celebration of those accidental accessories we've all worn at one time or another: stains.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

David Sandu / Eckhard Adler

I wonder if this means he loves enoki mushrooms as much as I do. Ringless rings by David Sandu.

Above, more from the Romanian jeweller, who's also known as Kata Design.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Catherine Allen / Caroline Friedli

Halifax jeweller Catherine Allen proves that you can wear a pretty piece of polyester. Pictured are rings in polyester, cotton, silver, copper and enamel from her "emotional outburst" and "common threads" series.

Above: two from her "circulation" series with silicone tubing.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Mollie Kathleen / Gillian Hillerud

Every cloud — and building — has a silver lining in the hands of Kansas metalsmith Mollie Kathleen. I love how she turns a dense cluster of skyscrapers into something light and airy! Here's an aerial view of her map & airplane ring:

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Julia Behrend / Bands o' Gold / David Wagner

Before this turns into White Ring Week, here's a pair of brightly coloured cigar band rings, encased in acrylic, from Germany's Julia Behrend.

Above, customized cigar bands in gold by Florida's Bands o' Gold (Jack Weinraub).

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Faye Miller / Erica Zap

These rings could save your life! Much more stylish than bulky life vests are these resin "buoy" rings by England's Faye Miller. Okay, so they might not be enough to keep a human afloat, but I'm sure they'd catch the attention of any rescue helicopter. More samples below:

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Anke Akerboom / Mayza João / Janna Ambags

Clogs! The wearing kind, not the plumbing kind — though Amsterdam's Anke Akerboom does offer a human hair necklace if you're into that.

For a more subtle way to go Dutch, check out these architectural tulip rings from London-based Mayza João.

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