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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marianne Høvik Hansen / Dreams of Norway

Still staying with Norway today — and why would I want to leave, with such gorgeous pieces to admire? Marianne Høvik Hansen works wonders with polyester resin (and silver, but you'll have to visit her site for those!).

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fam Irvoll / Huset Konfekt

It's not all sunshine and lollipops.

It's also hearts, cherries, bows and a whole lot of fun over at Norway's Fam Irvoll.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lia Julia Burton / Ainsel / GALA Curios

A double dose of double roses today, starting with this rose chain ring by Scotland's Lia Julia Burton.

Above, delicate double roses by Japan's Ainsel.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Jun-Roku / Larela Jewellery

Lions and tigers and b... oh, wait. Don't worry, Dorothy — what we actually have here are the noses of a lion (top), a squirrel (bottom left) and a rabbit (bottom right) from Japan's Jun-Roku ("reindeer," the artist's favourite animal because of Christmas). She started out designing furniture until she realized, hey, furniture is big, and tried her hand at making a frog ring instead. The rest is history. Explore her site for tons more animal-shaped pieces!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thea Clark / LicketyCut

A colour combo normally reserved for baby boutiques gets refreshed in these striking pieces by New Jersey artist Thea Clark. The silk fabric gets its hue from the process of cyanotype, a photo-printing method.

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  • Laloul (Belgium) - pregnancy pendants

  • Lenka's (Vancouver) - metal lace

  • TinkPink (Japan) - diamonds & gold

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Maeko / Pod People Designs

Resin + wood. They're like the chocolate and peanut butter of the ring world — not only do they go great together, they can be smooth and chunky. Scotland's Maeko is the latest matchmaker to catch my eye with these pieces (some of which also include glass and silver).

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mairi Burrow / Eva Strepp

In her "Ring Romance" series, UK jeweller Mairi Burrow presents a set of pearl rings that can be "carried about and placed anywhere" so that "the owner can access her choice of ring to wear and delight in viewing the other two." Three rings are set in four layers of perspex with rose petals as a backdrop.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Panagiotis Megalooikonomou / Stopshop / Tweet Ring

Braille use may be declining due to technology (like electronic screen readers) but Braille jewellery endures. Above, top, is a ring by Greek designer Panagiotis Megalooikonomou, who has a cool range of sandblasted silver jewellery with an industrial bent. Also pictured are colourful Braille rings by Bangkok's Stopshop, created for the charity Foundation for Blind in Thailand.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Gustav Reyes / The Woodlot / Contexture

In stark contrast to yesterday's urban/industrial rings are these raw wood pieces by Gustav Reyes. The Chicago jeweller's Ad Idem ("of one mind") series uses salvaged wood from other craftspeople.

Above, some more natural wood rings from Ontario's The Woodlot, who use fallen trees and reclaimed lumber.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bin Dixon-Ward / Puneet Jodhka

Inspired by the laneways of Melbourne, these silver and powdercoated brass rings make me think of origami using 3D objects rather than paper! By Australia's Bin Dixon-Ward (also check out her work in plastic).

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Filipa Oliveira / Cocii (Claudia Lassner)

I like the juxtaposition of solid and meshed asymmetrical hexagons in these rings from UK-based Portugese jeweller Filipa Oliveira.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

La Touf / Nova Design / Virginie Millefiori

I'm not usually one for pink but this plastic flower ring from Greece's La Touf (Kostas Latoufis) makes me smile. Also shown are his pinwheel-like titanium flower ring and actual pinwheel necklace. (Hint: when you go to his site, click on the "O," wait for "showroom" to appear, then click on that.)

For more pinwheels, check out Swedish-born, Philadelphia-based Tess Norberg of Nova Design.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Lisa Linhardt / Fingerfood Jewelry / True Lies

I'm loving these bold yet simple knuckledusters in silver, horn and quartz from New York's Lisa Linhardt.

Here's another knuckleduster. Which also happens to be a sandwich. Yep, it's a knuckle sandwich!

All miniature food rings above by Fingerfood Jewelry. In case the poutine didn't tip you off, they're based in Montreal (while the Iced Vo Vo lets you know they're originally from Australia and the hot dog lets you know they like mustard).

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Sadhbh McCormack / MAL (Marisa A. Lomonaco)

Let's do another Casual Friday, wherein I post a ring...

...and then I relax the rules to highlight some of the designer's other amazing jewellery. Today's artist? Ireland's Sadhbh McCormack.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Myrto Anastasopoulou / Omar Maldonado / Kiyokko Hosoda / Emerald Green Submarine / Catherine Sheedy

Time again for Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks, starting with this "Angel" ring in rhodium-plated silver from My. A Jewellery (Myrto Anastasopoulou) of Greece.

Cute initial rings from Argentina's Omar Maldonado.

Origami and sprouts from Italy's Kiyoko Hosoda.

Resin squares from Australia's Emerald Green Submarine.

Clear loops from Quebec's Catherine Sheedy (gallery at page bottom).

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Glenda López / Julia Burness

If you ever feel like you need an antidote to the multitude of cute bird and deer rings out there, Spain's Glenda López is the designer for you. Pictured above are her hyena and wild boar rings.

And here's a Disney antidote: her "Forever Mouse" ring.

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