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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dukno Yoon / Daniela Villegas

I just flabbered my gast. Or, rather, Korean metalsmith Dukno Yoon did. I didn't want to blow up your browser with animated gifs so I've restrained myself to just one from his awesome "Wings" series; however, I command (please) that you visit his site post-haste to view the rest of them for yourself.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Anne Perbet / China Baroque

Where are the great trios? History has given us many a fabulous duo, but the trios have been average at best. The Stooges? The Musketeers? Snap, Crackle and Pop?* Let's just say I don't own any of their posters. Well, French jeweller Anne Perbet is here to change all that with her rings made of porcelain, paper and glass — oh my. There's a trio that works beautifully together.

* According to Mental Floss, in the '50s, there was a fourth elf named "Pow" who was "supposed to represent Rice Krispies' explosive nutritional value." Chew on that. And then, for extra nerdiness, check out the Wikipedia list of Snap, Crackle and Pop's names in other countries.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Jhana Millers / My Ugly Kitty

Here's a great first anniversary (traditionally the "paper" anniverary) gift for your irony-loving spouse. In her "We Propose a Gift" series, New Zealand-based Australian jeweller Jhana Millers questions consumerism and luxury by creating rings using the pages of a Michael Hill Jewellers catalogue. Don't miss the rest of her portfolio, especially the mini debit-card sculptures!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Ellie Murphy / Bandada (Ana María Ramírez & Adriana Díaz)

Taking jewellery to another dimension — the second one, to be exact. England's Ellie Murphy takes the familiar facets of a cut diamond and squashes them flat, creating fun rings (in silver and inlaid enamel) with a graphic punch.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Claire Requa / Naturaleza

If the Mayans don't have a symbol for "acrylic ring," they do now. These vaguely hieroglyhpic pieces are by American/Jamaican designer Claire Requa, the woman behind Denmark-based home accessories company Accent. Known for her acrylic chandeliers, mirrors and other furniture, she's recently branched out into jewellery with her "Clairely" collection.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sh! (Suzanne Harbinson) / Hélène Marcoux

"Growth from decay" makes me think of pollution-induced mutations (like the boy with 16 toes) — but here's Suzanne Harbinson's interpretation. The UK jeweller, whose collection draws inspiration from stones and pebbles, created the sprouting rings above. See more on her site, Sh! Jewellery.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Better Late Than Never (Sara Dudzinsky) / By Mary Jane

Small but not dainty, pretty but not precious — Portland, Oregon's Better Late Than Never (Sara Dudzinsky) collects vintage parts and turns them into rings that are juuuust right.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Katharina Moch / Loop (Danny Sheiner)

I hope Katharina Moch won't mind that her work doesn't repulse me. In her own words, the German jeweller creates "flamboyant, sculptural and wearable pieces that combine ambivalent aspects of appeal and repulsion." Well, for me, it's all "appeal" when it comes to her eclectic mix of precious gems and glow-in-the-dark plastic.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Hana Lin / Liz Kain

Hana Lin's rings aren't just conversation pieces — they're entire stories! The UK-based artist tells many tales through her humorous, playful jewellery (with disembodied parts as a major theme). This portfolio is a definite page-turner.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jim Cotter / Brittany Isenberg / Melissa Fourrier / Mezereem




Did I win?

Rings above by Colorado's Jim Cotter (rock), North Carolina's Brittany Isenberg (paper) and France's Melissa Fourrier (scissors).

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Calourette / Fairytales and Hidden Notes

Lucky rabbit's paw for us...

...and human paws for them. It's only fair.

French jeweller Calourette (Marianne Rautureau) is about to brighten your day with her rabbits, donuts, gymnasts and more.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shun Okubo / Gloria Wasserman

We know the devil wears Prada. Now, if Prada wants to return the favour, he can do so thanks to Japan's Shun Okubo.

More of his rhodium-plated rings above, this time with creatures who reside north of Hades.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Anika Smulovitz / Escribà

In her "Herbarium Specimen" series, Idaho artist Anika Smulovitz explores "the human desire to label and collect all aspects of our surroundings." Each ring features a sampling from her garden and is scientifically labelled underneath.

There's lots more to discover on her site, like the interesting "Lip Liner" series, which ties in nicely with her chocolate-wrapper rings made of foil from Ferrero Rocher and other bonbons (above).

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Haldis Scheicher / Tim McClelland

It's the weekend and Haldis Scheicher is here to play!

From ping pong and penguins (above) to comic books and spinning propellors (not pictured), the Austrian jeweller's collection is all fun and whimsy.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Abaffy Klára / Ros Coope

On one hand, she has you worshipping bright colour...

...while on the other, it's neutrals and nothing but. Building a great case for both sides is Hungary's Abaffy Klára, whose collection is filled with sleek, modern pieces featuring leaf-shaped cutouts.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stephen Saracino / Florian Buddeberg

Violence becomes art in the hands of Stephen Saracino. Drawing on events such as the Columbine massacre and the Lockerbie bombing, the Buffalo metalsmith creates work that is both visually and thematically heavy. Shown above is his "Third World Civilian" ring; below, his "Airport Terror" ring:

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