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Monday, November 30, 2009

Marina Massone / Margarita Marcone

Argentina's Marina Massone manipulates metal in a multitude of manners.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Vicolo Pagliacorta / Third Project

Have you heard about the Eggo Waffle shortage? This fascinates me. Not the shortage — I don't eat them — but the article itself (written by anonymous "Staff," so I don't feel too guilty), from the apostrophes in "Eggos" (once extraneous, once missing) to the misspelling of the Kellogg's brand name to the enlightening line, "You stick them in the toaster, then pour syrup on them (some people also add butter)." And then there's the small matter of the headline, in which it is suggested that people "Lego" their Eggos. Lego? Leggo is the neologism which plays on the double-G in "Eggo." Lego is what Italy's Vicolo Pagliacorta uses to make these playful rings.

They also make Italian-flavoured keyboard rings.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Little Rooms (Ester Delug) / Elisa Bongfeldt / Rita Franze

For serious city folk only: show your love of gridlock with this double-finger bridge ring! Find it at Little Rooms, where Los Angeles designer Ester Delug displays an interesting mix of urban and Victorian styles (with an emphasis on keyholes).

Maybe you translate "urban" and "style" as "guns" and "pearls." California jeweller Elisa Bongfeldt's industrial rings look like weapons loaded... with cultured finery.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lisa Juen / Roberto Coin

A little hump-day reverie courtesy of Lisa Juen, a German jeweller currently living in China. Her "Reality & Fantasy" series, created with silk floss and enamel on steel, offers an escape from the modern world via a "self-created realm of fantasy."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Maureen Duffy / Pearls Before Swine (Nikki Majajas)

Yesterday, you got fingers and hands. Today, you get the whole dang arm... and plenty of 'em! If you need some extra help around the holidays, you may want to look into the "Can I Lend a Hand?" rings made of silver and dollparts by Philadelphia's Maureen Duffy. Check out her site for oversized urban pieces, as well as a terrifying bird-head ring (even if it is a fake bird).

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Fien de Graaf / Spoilt Victorian Child

Not what you'd expect from this blog: a finger without a ring. Since it's a holiday for many of you today, let's take a brief holiday from the rings as well and turn instead to Dutch artist Fien de Graaf, who casts body parts in porcelain plaster to create anatomical jewellery (pictured above is a cast finger).

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Cheyenne Weil / Pade Vavra

Behold the "fluffy cocktail ring" with peacock down by Cheyenne Weil. And if you need a real cocktail to celebrate this weekend, you're doubly in luck — the Oregon artist serves up a cocktail recipe with each of her cocktail rings (this one comes with instructions for a ginger lemon drop). Cheers!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Triian Burbank / Saretta

Absolutely rockin'. Miami's Triian Burbank (sculptors Trisha Brookbank and Brian Burkhardt) create "modern era gems" that may look like rocks but are actually created from synthetic materials, which they sand, polish and top with Swarovski crystals. Did I file this under "favourites"? Yes. Yes, I did.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Caroline Swolfs / Lost at Sea

I still have rain on the mind — but not because of the weather. It's because of Belgian jeweller Caroline Swolfs, who created her entire collection while constraining herself to a single, simple shape: "The Drop."

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Karine Rodrigue / Alexandra Simpson

Vancouver had a great summer and early fall but, in the past week, we've been drenched with reminders that we do in fact live in a rain forest. But that's ok because, without rain, we'd have no forests — and without forests, there'd be no inspiration for woodsy jewellery like these "Raw" rings by Karine Rodrigue (who lives way on the other side of the country in Québec).

Above, her "Jardinière multicéphale" ring with interchangeable botanical tops. See more on her blog, Naphtalene Fabrik.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Sarah Rhodes / Phioro (Clare Victoria Pardoe)

Last week, we saw red with silver — let's do it again, but this time with bronze! UK jeweller Sarah Rhodes entwines bronze, enamelled wire and a touch of ostrich egg for a pleasing balance of metal and colour.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Laura King (Dixie Darling) / Tegan Ford

If you were told to think flowers, felt and enamel, you'd probably picture a burst of colour. Seattle's Laura King, however, takes the opposite approach, creating rings in restrained white with just tiny spots of yellow. It's the shapes that are bursting instead. See more on her site, Dixie Darling.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rachel Llewellyn / Meow Box

Mug trees! On rings! Mug trees on rings! These cups runneth over with cute. For miniature saucepans, ladels and most everything short of the kitchen sink, visit UK jeweller Rachel Llewellyn. Below, her "biscuit barrel" ring with tiny silver cookies.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jia Style / Emily Hartley

Silk, pearls, pink and red — but not suffocatingly feminine. Paris design duo Jia Style combines those elements in just the right proportions, keeping things fresh and modern.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

haoshi design studio / Hudesa Kaganow

Have you started your holiday shopping? Remember: rings make great gifts :)

They also make great pets. Plastic and metal rings from the "Animal" series by Taiwan's haoshi design studio.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Eszter Máté / Tyes by Tara

Brown paper packages tied up with string? That's nice, Maria, but these are a few of my favourite things. Fabulous string rings by UK-based Hungarian jeweller Eszter Máté. Lots more on her site, including spiraling acrylic and colourful pompoms.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Allan Scharff / Sophie Vuldy

Pool, billiards, snooker — no matter what you call it, I suck at it. I'd be perfectly fine with all the world's pool balls being carved into jewellery, especially if the results are as great as these sculptural "Snooker" rings by Danish jeweller Allan Scharff.

He also has several collections of gorgeous metalwork, like these "Ricefields" rings, above. While you're visiting, make sure to check out the "Buddyguards" series for some playful gem settings!

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Allyson Bone / Satoshi Dáte

Like one of my favourite indulgences, salted caramel, these rings are all about contrast. Decorating the pierced black metal is—did you notice?—a motif of what is normally white and fluffy: bunnies!

Above: more bunnies (and carrots and hearts), this time in wood and polymer clay. All rings above by New York's Allyson Bone.

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