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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Helena Bogucki / Tenille Evans / Nicholas Potash / Kasia Piechocka

Let's move from yesterday's shores to the sea itself. These rings commemorate the SS Koombana, a ship which disappeared off the coast of Western Australia during a cyclone in 1912. View many more interesting collections in the portfolio of Australia-based Helena Bogucki.

For more of that old-world maritime feel, check out these scrimshaw rings from Australia's Tenille Evans (insert Captain joke here).

If the SS Koombana story doesn't scare you away from the water, at least beware of waves. Oh, and fins. Ring by California's Nicholas Potash.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Rosie White / C. Madeleine's / Catherine Weitzman

Rosie White combs the beaches of East Yorkshire to gather material for her silver and driftwood jewellery. (I'm assuming that only the driftwood shows up on the shores, not the silver, but don't quote me on that.) Her brooches are my favourite!

Here's another great driftwood ring; it's vintage so there's only one available at Florida's C. Madeleine's.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Jie Sun / Ryota Nishimoto / Silvia de la Rosa Cueto / Julia Jiao / Gather Jewelry

I got my tweezers out — it's another edition of Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks. First up is this resin and silver "seed" ring by Amsterdam's Jie Sun.

Quietude in wood by Japanese product designer Ryota Nishimoto.

Wood and crystals from Mexico's Silvia de la Rosa Cueto.

Machine-cut acrylic (with box) by Rhode Island-based Julia Jiao.

Crystal pyramid by California's Gather Jewelry.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Samuele Armelin / JeweLights

Now this is a green lantern ring.

If the Green Lantern doesn't float your boat, superhero-wise, you could always go with the more iconic Batman or Superman. All rings above by Italy's Samuele Armelin.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann / Lynn Ban

White Wednesday with Michigan artist Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coral Cohen / Sachiko Estavoyer

I never thought I'd say this, but: I just love this bacteria and fungus! In "Bactus," microorganisms are trapped inside glass pods, creating living rings that are "growing and evolving constantly." Rings by Israel's Coral Cohen, who has lots more of interest in her portfolio... this.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mitos / Eva Fehren / Chris Neff

Mixed Metal Monday: faceted bands in silver, blackened silver and gold from Denmark's Mitos (Miryam Stenderup).

Some more mixed metals in these stacking claw rings by Eva Fehren (New York artist Eva Zuckerman).

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Gillian Harvie / Marieke van Diepen

The fact that my neighbour likes to blast shrill, trumpety jazz at three in the morning makes these house rings all the more appealing to me right now. Nevermind the square footage — when can I move in? Find "The Whole Street," "Hilltop Houses" and "H for House" rings, plus much more to amaze and delight, in the portfolio of UK artist Gillian Harvie.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Amy Robson / Annette in Oz

"It's a twister! It's a twister!" If you recognize the line, you know what inspired the ring.

Need a hint? This one's called "Follow the yellow brick road." Both rings above by Amy Robson of Oz (by which I mean Australia, of course).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mariko Sumioka / Samera Afzal

These shingles give me tingles. Check out this gorgeous work by Edinburgh-based Mariko Sumioka, inspired by the architecture of her native Japan; pictured are her mon ("gate") rings.

Above, more pieces from her "Teahouse" series.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yael Friedman / Kelly Ornstein

From puzzles to paper to paper puzzles, not to mention leather animals (is that redundant?), Israel's Yael Friedman has plenty to keep you occupied.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Bande des Quatres / Lané Vorster

With names like "Koolhaas," "Van der Rohe" and and "Klee," it's no secret what inspired these rings. Pictured are pieces from the "Architects" and "Bauhaus" series by Montreal's Bande des Quatres (Erin Wahed & Janis Kerman).

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Amanda Trimmer / James Colarusso

England's Amanda Trimmer invites you to join her Secret Superhero Society. Her lasercut card rings and brooches, created by layering elements taken from comic book heroes, gain you entrance into a club of fellow collectors. Visit her site for more playful pieces, such as the "Power-Up" power pods for "those days where nothing seems to go right no matter what you do."

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Frags / Rosie Bill

When I first came across this design duo, they went by "Fragmentos," but I like their new name better. Madrid-based Argentines Julian Pastorino and Cecilia Suarez are now known as Frags — direct and incisive, just like their jewellery.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Noitak Design / Aline Battegay

Poland's Noitak Design (Katarzyna Wójcik) turns erstwhile dolls into "The Freaks."

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Artemis Valsamaki / Wool Bulb / Kelly Robinson / Harue Young

The expression "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" shall henceforth be replaced by "a box of bunnies." Officially. I mean it. Ring by Greek jeweller Artemis Valsamaki.

Here's another bunny — and a cat, and a planter — by Russian felt artist Wool Bulb (aka Ksenia Schinkowskaya).

Bunny #3 from Missouri's Kelly Robinson.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Ruth Moore / Atsuko Ito

At my old office, we'd get fresh flowers every Monday morning. I think I would've preferred these silver ones instead (allergies, you know). Otherworldly blossoms from UK jeweller Ruth Moore.

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