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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Alessandra Pizzini / Alan Goldin

This ring by any other name would not be as sweet: silicone "Blop" ring by Germany's Alessandra Pizzini.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

La Bague Gazon / HUH

In honour of the one-week anniversary of Earth Day 2008, here's the heart-warming story of how a grass ring is made when it's made by La Bague Gazon of France. This particular model, in porcelain with platinated rim, is €100.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

e.m. / Pink Pomp

In case you're wondering, no, I'm not above making a lame "three-ring circus" joke. Yuk yuk. (Nevermind that it's technically four rings...) Lions, elephants and flaming hoops by Japan's e.m. — you'll find this collection in drawer #13.

Below, clear acrylic rings with embedded objects from their newest collection and black & white plastic cameos from their "tiptoe" line:

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Berit Rother / Natasha Kahn

This is great. I need more rings that remind me to do those things I'm supposed to do but always put off, like check the air in my tires (watch out for those nails!). Maybe, if I ask nicely, Germany's Berit Rother will do a "flip the mattress" piece for me, too. Check out her site for lots of other styles, like these gnarled branches:

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Daniela Schwaag / Isabella Hund / Mathilde Seguin / Meet Jewelry / Otto Jakob

Changing gears from yesterday, let's revel in some minimalism. German minimalism, to be precise. Pictured above: U-rings by Daniela Schwaag of Idar-Oberstein (Germany's gemstone capital) and pearl rings by Munich's Isabella Hund.

France just called me, feeling left out, so here's a "constellation" ring by Mathilde Seguin of Paris:

Now Portugal's emailing me with pouty emoticons. Ok, Portugal, here's some minimalist work by your Ana Albuquerque of Meet Jewelry:

All right, that's it. Rest of western Europe, I'll have to get to you some other day.

By the way, if you're interested in indie crafts, check out Indiefixx! Jen Wallace of Wilmington, NC runs a great, informative blog with weekly features such as an interview series. Thanks to Jen for inviting me to be this week's subject! (If you read the interview: for the record, I know someone who claims that egg thing DID happen to her, and with a free range egg, which is what I buy. Eep.)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nora Fok / Dominique Labordery

Who knew nylon could be so... natural? Inspired by nature and botanical structures, England's Nora Fok creates incredible pieces of jewellery out of nylon filaments, using only her hands and basic tools. Unsurprisingly, her complicated pieces often take weeks to bloom — just like nature. More below:

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nils Schmalenbach / Simone Gugger

So, basically, Germany's Nils Schmalenbach etches photos onto metal and then attaches them to these foldy, pentagony sheets. The resulting rings are much more elegant than the preceding sentence.

Below, for some reason, a glimpse at what life would be like without Nils Schmalenbach (from his album):

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Cynosure Jewelry / Hiroko Miyamoto

Shannon Kennedy and Juan Bohorquez of Kitchener, Ontario's Cynosure Jewelry "strive to expand the realm of what is normally considered jewellery." This case of rings is a case in point: in "City Scape," the jewellery becomes inseparable from its display as the collection as a whole is labelled a "wall installation."

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Friday, April 18, 2008

UBO (Ursula Bonderer) / Christy Klug

How many rings can fit in a flat clamshell box?

Six and counting. The black rubber "practical ring set" — which comes with assembly instructions and is also available in white silicone — is just one of many designs from Germany's UBO (by Ursula Bonderer).

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Catherine Chandler / Harriet Potts

Some more insect-inspired rings, this time from Portland, Oregon's Catherine Chandler. Her "wing," "antennae" and "larvae" rings are based on the Bathurst Copper butterfly, an endangered species native to a small area in New South Wales, Australia (where she studied for four years).

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

J.W. Anderson (Jonathan William Anderson) / Janna Syvänoja

We go from frogs to frog food — insects, that is. The drama in these pieces is no accident: London-based, Irish-born Jonathan William Anderson studied at the Actor's Studio (where he discovered a love for stage costumes), is influenced by the "sinister" in literature and has a lifelong fascination with Elizabeth I. In these striking rings, "a normally eerie insect is embalmed and becomes a natural jewel," resulting in jewellery filled with "grandeur and heaviness."

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Moa Andersson / Feenschmuck

If you think these frogs are interesting, wait 'til you see the pigs! Visit the wonderful glass menagerie of Sweden's Moa Andersson.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Anna Steinerová / Tous

As promised on Friday, here's another Czech jeweller who tingles my synapses. Above and below, rings from Prague's Anna Steinerová.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Markéta Richterová / Dawes Design

I like to pace myself when it comes to posting my favourite jewellers but, sometimes, I can't stop myself from sneaking in an extra one or two — especially when they can be linked in some way, such as the two designers I have in mind now, who are both from the Czech Republic. Today, though, let's go one at a time. First off is Markéta Richterová, who creates bold pieces in carbon, acrylic, crystal and silver (and even ice). Pictured up top is a ring from her "organic" collection (below it, because I couldn't resist, is a pair of earrings). Tune in next week for designer number two!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Chave / Dinh Van / Iwona Ludyga

Hardware, made pretty, by Japan's Chave.

Below, more chain rings: silver handcuffs by Dinh Van of France and gold chains by Iwona Ludyga of New York.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Mirla Fernandes / Cristina Aabdo

I'm guessing Mirla Fernandes never coloured within the lines as a kid. This ring — all two to three feet of it — is from the Brazilian artist's "Longing for the Body" series, a collection of latex pieces meant to be "completed by the user."

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mia Maljojoki / Tirana / Sam Shaw

As much as I'm still drooling over yesterday's colours, white isn't so bad, itself. Top: dental plaster rings by Finland's Mia Maljojoki; bottom: carved alabaster by Mexican jeweller Graciela Fuentes of Tirana (based in New York).

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Fafafa / Ellen Burr

I love these faceted chunks of bright resin so much, I just don't have the words. I may have to resort to interpretive dance. These latest faves of mine are by Vibe Harsløf, the Danish designer behind Fafafa.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Claudia Rinneberg / swissEdition

Artfully unpolished arrangements of green grass, red thread and silver — simply pleasing work brought to you by Germany's Claudia Rinneberg.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Teri Howes / Twisted Silver

Ah, Spirograph. I always managed to ruin my designs with a single jerky pen stroke (those darn plastic cogs!) but I bet Teri Howes's drawings turned out perfectly every time. Now, the trained graphic artist translates those designs into fabulous silver jewellery, like this "spirograph" ring (above, right). Also pictured is a ring from her "urban jungle" line; be sure to view the rest of that range and her other collections, as well! If you're in London (like the artist), see them in person at the Tate Modern.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Benjamin Lignel / Ring Leader

Getting married? In the next few minutes? If you don't have time for pesky details like getting your ring sized, French designer Benjamin Lignel has the perfect solution: instant wedding rings! Just open the pack, pull out a strip and twist the ring before you tie the knot. Like so:

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