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Saturday, October 30, 2010

What's New at The Carrotbox

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Lucy Elsie Harvey / Heist Jewelry

You may have heard of something called "Hallowe'en" going on this weekend. To get you in the mood is UK artist Lucy Elsie Harvey and these ceramic claws from her "Backstreet Dentist" series.

Above, her "Pedestal" ring with fly and her silver scar ring.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eugeniusz Salwierz / Jacek Ostrowski

Remember what I said yesterday? Well, this is amber done my other favourite way. Eugeniusz Salwierz props amber slices on straight-cut acrylic, contrasting clean lines with amber's raw, natural edges. A match made in heaven (where heaven = Poland).

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Janis Jakobson / S&A

This is amber jewellery done my favourite way: carved and sculptural, on its own, sans silver. Latvian jeweller Janis Jakobson follows the principle that "objects created out of this substance should be held in great respect, that the material's natural attributes should be enhanced in the creation process."

She also has a collection of works in mammoth ivory — visit her site for more!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kaori Watanabe / Anne Léger / Carly Paiker

As Uncle Joey used to gesticulate on "Full House," CUT. IT. OUT. Cut out the silver, that is. These pretty rings with acrylic backings are by Japanese jeweller Kaori Watanabe; they were inspired by the rose windows found in Florence, Italy, where she now lives.

Here's an impressive, intricate display of cut-out silver: towering "Secret Garden" ring by Anne Léger, a French jeweller based in Norway.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Dougie Kinnear / Sandy Hyun / Sultana Maria

Looking like the parts for some fantastical lollipop-making machine are these riveted acrlyic rings by UK designer Dougie Kinnear. I always did love lemon.

And these must be the control panels. Studded plexiglas rings by New York's Sandy Hyun.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Sam Hamilton / Rogue DZN

Dressed to kill?

Paging Wile E. Coyote! Put away your lighters and tread lightly around Ireland's Sam Hamilton.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marta Carmela / Owe Johansson / Seventyseventyone Design

Of all the obscure phobias out there, chromophobia has got to be one of the most inconvenient. For one thing, you wouldn't be able to appreciate these vibrant pieces in crochet fabric, steel wire and silver nylon from Mexico's Marta Carmela.

Another dose of nylon: loopy filament rings by Denmark's Owe Johansson.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jennifer Hoes / Golden Chix (Soonmi Kim) / Katelin Gibbs

When you've got this many ears... probably have a good appreciation for quiet.

Ear and nose rings by Dutch jeweller Jennifer Hoes; "Shhhhh" rings by Golden Chix (Korean jeweller Soonmi Kim).

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Irina (Ira) Frid / Karol Weisslechner

You might think she were Japanese...

...or maybe English...

... or even Scandinavian, in her minimalism. But you'd be wrong on all counts. Irina (Ira) Frid hails from Russia, a place I think is under-represented in the world of jewellery (at least on my blog!). Visit her site for lots of small, sweet, modern silver work.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

TULILABEL (Tal Arbel) / Michel de Bellefeuille

Despite their relatedness, it seems the words "strum" and "plectrum" have different etymologies. Huh. Anyway, these plectrum rings were created especially for the qanún (or kanun), a stringed instrument found in regions of the Middle East. By Israel's TULILABEL (Tal Arbel).

Above, mud rings from her "Terrific Land" series, "which bonds the wearer's body and the Israeli scenery."

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

What's New at The Carrotbox

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Emer Duffy / Francesc Peich / Kika Alvarenga / Emi Fukuda / Catalina Brenes

A tangle of dark colour from Ireland's Emer Duffy.

Lightening up with colourful cells by Montreal's Francesc Peich.

Muted hues in these tourmaline slices by Brazil's Kika Alvarenga.

Colours hidden in white by Melbourne's Emi Fukuda.

Finally, a faint drop of blue from Costa Rica's Catalina Brenes.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Micah Adams / CoseInutili

What do these rings have in common with elastic waistbands? One piece fits all. In Micah Adams' own words, "multiple sizes are combined in one piece to make accessible one-of-a-kind rings modeled after a magnified look at the structure of foam." The Toronto designer has an interesting portfolio, including "My Own Personal Olympic Stadium," which is better seen than described.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

01MATHERY (Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli) / Insinuo (Gloria Ng)

Today, we bring new meaning to "smoke rings."

Italian design duo 01MATHERY (Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli) created these rings to keep the smell of cigarettes off their fingers. Just unroll when needed.

Check out their site for more design ideas, like these glue and clothespin rings.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sabina Kasper / Lina Fanourakis

Swedish jeweller Sabina Kasper takes the expression "splash of colour" quite literally. Her otherwise traditional rings are enhanced with at-times haphazard splashes of paint, turning classic gemstone rings into cool and modern statement pieces.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Erin Marie Holstein / Point of Departure (Meris Mosher)

I thought I'd seen this ring before and I think I finally figured it out. Am I crazy? Or does that agate slice, above, look just like...

... this Percy Moran painting from 1909, depicting the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution?


Speaking of which, would the American Revolutionaries have been so quick to dump their tea in Boston Harbor if they'd each owned one of these tea infuser rings? We'll never know. All rings above (well, except for the one with the superimposed painting) by Atlanta's Erin Marie Holstein.

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