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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Carnival Shop / Gal Barash

In case the Playmobil model isn't enough to hook you, let me explain what it is, exactly, that you're looking at: Toblerone rings. Toblerone, people! Alongside cheese and pizza, part of the trifecta of wedge-shaped foods! (Cake, of course, being disqualified due to the threat of coconut.) More fun below, including the "rock star" ring with nostalgic cassette; all pieces available from Singapore's Carnival Shop.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Verena Klette (Renitent/Ringen) / Anna Martinsson / Andrea Fielitz / Andrea Zatarai

It is, last I checked, 2009. Yesterday's flower child is now in her 60s. Are we not yet at a point in time where we can kill the phrase, "not your grandmother's pearls"? Because I think these could be your grandmother's pearls, especially if your grandmother has a birthday coming up.

Above: German jeweller Verena Klette of Renitent keeps her pearl rings light but sturdy with the use of capped wire.

Pink pearls and eroded bands from Sweden's Anna Martinsson.

Pearls and matte silver from Germany's Andrea Fielitz.

A burst of pearls from Massachusetts' Andrea Zatarai, whose one-of-a-kind pendants should not be missed!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Catherine Abrial / Cendrillon

From square mood rings to the Three Little Pigs' houses in three different metals, French jeweller Catherine Abrial offers up a trove of charming treasures.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Dieter Dill Design / G. Phil Poirier

Every time I get on my treadmill, I feel like I'm performing some kind of hackneyed paean to the modern rat race. Capturing that feeling in exquisite, non-hackneyed ring form are these "bridge" and "crossroads" rings, above, by Germany's Dieter Dill Design. Scale the image down to size in your mind and think of how tiny those people must really be!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Luz Arias / Núria Farré Pàmpols / Emma Kidson

What do accordions, honeycombs, boxes, flutes and 18th century French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau have in common? They all have pleats named after them! Luckily, you don't have to be able to differentiate them in order to enjoy them. Rings with pleats (and other shapes) from Argentina's Luz Arias, above, and Spain's Núria Farré Pàmpols, below.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pilar Cotter / Theresia Konrad

White and chocolate porcelain get all dressed up with just the right amounts of silver and gold. Rings by Spain's Pilar Cotter.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Johanna Bauer / Lena Hülsmeier / Stuart Bannocks

From the junk drawer to your accessories drawer: ribbon rings (above) and rubber band rings (below) from Germany's Johanna Bauer and Lena Hülsmeier, respectively.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

au lait / Bohnjuwelen

Coffee, shoes and books: for some, the holy trinity. For Japan's au lait, the inspiration for their "milk" collection, an adorable line of gold and silver jewellery featuring the "mushroom hair" girls.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Ricarda Enderweit / Shompole Collection

There's something vaguely macabre about having a cow at rest inside a piece of what I presume is cow-bone. But the ring is named "Cow Enjoys the View" so, if the cow's cool with it, moo on. More from German jeweller Ricarda Enderweit below; as always, visit her site to view the rest!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Jacqueline Ryan / Cucú Joyas / Gitta Pielcke

The word "clusters" always makes me want to eat cereal. Well, I'd better get my bowl and spoon because here are some clusters in assorted shapes and metals. First up: gorgeous blue enamel coupled with gold by London-born Jacqueline Ryan, who now makes her home in Italy.

Second but not least, clustered silver by Spain's Cucú Joyas:

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sofia Björkman / Hi Octane

The "Closer" series by Sweden's Sofia Björkman is molded from a common everyday object. Can you guess what it is? Did it come to you automatically? Or should I steer you in the right direction? Do you get what I'm driving at? Sorry, is this getting tiring? More from the artist below:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Estela Saez Vilanova / Dollybird Design

These jewellery objects may not have been specifically designed to be rings but I'm going to take the liberty of saying they could be rings. (It might help if you squint and tilt your head a bit.) Any excuse to post these amazing creations in glass, sand, clay, iron, silver, seaweed and more by Spanish-born, Amsterdam-based Estela Saez Vilanova.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anne Zellien / Amélie Blaise / Mireille Lalive d'Epinay

I have to confess I'm not big on inspirational phrases (unless it's a chant of "go, Canucks, go!"). All that hoping and dreaming and flying and dancing and wishing and laughing? Exhausting. This inscription, though, with its simple statement of fact, hits the right note for me. Ring from the "messages" series by Belgian jeweller Anne Zellien.

If you prefer a more abstract message, try the "etc" ring by Amélie Blaise. The Paris designer uses her own photography in her jewellery, most often drawing on images of birds, flowers, other plantlife... etc. As it were.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Rosemary Lynn Mifsud / Metsa Design / Jenny Greco

Leaves made of wood are like... um... fingernails made of arms? I got nothing. What I do got is this stylized, sprouting "bloom" ring by Michigan's Rosemary Lynn Mifsud, whose "seed" collection uses silver and recycled post-industrial wood.

Above, more wood and silver (in 98% and 2% proportions, respectively, according to the "nutrition facts") from Food, an eco-conscious jewellery line by Toronto's Metsa Design.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Mali Sabatasso / Biomo / Laurent Guillot

This post contains both natural and artificial colouring. Pastel gemstone clusters from California's Mali Sabatasso, above, and bright acrylic from Chile's Biomo, below.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mariana Shuk / Cyndie Smith

I was originally planning to post these "relaciones" rings alongside last Friday's rings, as the concepts are quite similar. Go contrast and compare (essay not required), then come back and enjoy a slice of silver and resin:

All rings above by Colombia's Mariana Shuk — visit her site for lots more!

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Epiderme sur epiderme (Delphine Jaulhac) / Ashley Brodie

Delphine Jaulhac followed in her father's footsteps... and then veered a little to the left. While her dad was an ivory sculptor, Delphine creates jewellery using ivory of a different kind: tagua, aka vegetable ivory. See all the gorgeous pieces on her site, Epiderme Sur Epiderme.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Margrit Linder / Andrew English

You are beholding a bit of whimsy in the form of sanded and dyed recycled plastic by Switzerland's Margrit Linder. Visit her site for more, including her experimental plastic bag series and this ring designed not just for two fingers, but two people:

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