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Friday, November 30, 2007

Floyd / INV/ALT Design

Unlike past cup-handle rings that've appeared on this site, these cups are still fully intact — so the Swarovski-laden handle adorns your finger only as long as you're nursing a drink. They're temporary rings but permanent mugs. By Japan's Floyd, the "cup rings" are available at Style Store (in Japanese) for ¥3,675 (roughly US$30) each.

Below, also by Floyd, are some non-traditional diamond rings. How often do you see gem clusters where each stone has its own setting?

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Vivienne Westwood / BeaYukMui

I rarely look at "designer" jewellery but here are two pieces from punk fashion queen Vivienne Westwood. Pictured are rings from her Hardcore jewellery line, created by Hellmuth of Germany. You can also get rings in her signature orb design at her UK site.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Johanna Jansson / Design Glut

I'm not a big fan of perfume (especially when trapped in an elevator with someone who is) but I do love perfume bottles — and these might be the best yet. These polished, cut glass perfume rings are the work of Johanna Jansson, a Swede who just finished studying at London's RCA.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

ku. jewelry / Kathryn Riechert

"Left" and "right" hands are so yesterday. Wear one of these Tokyo- and Manhattan-shaped rings on each appendage and you'll be thinking of your body in terms of "east" and "west," like the global citizen you are. Find them at ku. jewelry, by New York-based Japanese designer Takahiro Kudo.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Yvonne Kurz / PE/AH

As winter approaches, don't leave your jewellery out in the cold. German designer Yvonne Kurz thoughtfully dresses her gold and silver pieces in protective wool coats, exposing only their sparkling faces.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

LR Jewellery Design / Limit Design

There's no colour like no colour. If you know what I mean. New Zealand's Laura Richards, aka LR Jewellery Design, specializes in bold, clear acrylic designs with resin accents.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sandra Bautista / Ambre France

Spanish conceptual artist Sandra Bautista imagines every day life... dipped in chocolate. We have so much in common — my every day life includes rings and thumbs, too! (Also check out her pretty "bracelaces.")

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Axylo / Léo Dubedout

Geneva's Axylo puts a modern spin on monogramming. Their stainless steel rings are alphabet-shaped, but not in a screamingly obvious way; they're chunky rings first, glyphs second. 160 Swiss Francs (~US$140) for silver-coloured steel or 175 CHF (~US$160) for black. Also available encrusted with precious gemstones.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Nane Adam / Apostolos Porsanidis

Brilliant! And patented! These "flexible" rings by German designer Nane Adam feature a stretchy nylon interior that is not only visually striking but also allows for variable sizing. The nylon webbing was inspired by the bridges of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Pictured below is a ring from her "money" collection.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Hilde de Decker / Aoi's Art

It's like a dream come true: jewellery growing on trees! Belgian artist Hilde de Decker brings us this tomato ring and other vegewellery (my awful word, don't blame her!). I'm not sure what that man is frowning about — maybe he wanted carats instead. (I'll stop now.)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Yuki Kamiya / Eel Jewelry

Japanese jeweller Yuki Kamiya creates maximum impact with her minimal jewellery, like these fluid double-finger rings.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Regina Gräber / Agnieszka Cook

Remember yesterday's bottle-top rings? Taking that idea down a notch — literally — is Regina Gräber, also of Germany, with her bottle-neck rings.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Sabine Lang / Leonardo

German artist Sabine Lang has a wide variety of pieces that are better looked at than described here in words, so click forth and look! Above: functional "finger bag" rings (the handles go around your finger — obviously, but for some reason I'm compelled to explain that); she says they're "ideal for a night out to keep some money and your key."

Below: her glass bottle-top rings. (Gee, Germans must really like their bottle-tops.)

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Friday, November 09, 2007

The Devil's Workshop (Sarah Wan et al) / Mary Profitt

These heavenly rings come from The Devil's Workshop, an artists' and students' studio in Toronto. Clockwise from top left are a silver and real birch bark ring by workshop founder Sarah Wan, Dana Munro's "bomber cat" ring, two small examples of student work, bird rings also by Sarah Wan, a flower ring by Mary Frances Jung (of MFJ Design, mentioned here in September), and three glass rings by Tanya Lyons (whose incredible non-jewellery glass art you can view on her site).

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dorothea Dähnick / Marjorie Shachnow

Dutch artist Dorothea Dähnick's Grünzeugschmuck ("Evergreen") series pairs pearls with plants, a gorgeous combination that somehow looks utterly natural. (The necklaces are my favourite.)

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Carol Meng-Yi Yeh / Cristina Dias

I feel more ladylike just looking at these lovely rings by London's Carol Meng-Yi Yeh. I'm afraid a skirt might spontaneously burst from my hips were I to actually try one on. Pictured, clockwise from top, are her "lotus," "blossom" and "water lily" rings (all silver with pearls).

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Lola Brooks / Evanueva

I think I've seen enough cluster rings to dedicate a whole year to them. That's not a slight; if anything, it's precisely because so many rings can fit the definition yet still vary widely from one another that rings are so fascinating! Take the "Plunder" series by New York's Lola Brooks. The seemingly-simple act of adding facets to each ball and bubble renews the idea — and looks great, to boot.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Christine Bossler / Rebecca Berry

The last (and, it turns out, only) time I featured a ring from Detroit, it was made of Fordite — a product of Detroit almost by definition. So, I was happy to come across a more experimental artist from the city: Christine Bossler. Her "candy rings" (that's real sugar in there) look like museum displays. They're not alarmed, though, so you can safely break plexiglas in case of snack emergency.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Jessica Bojczuk / Pierre Lang

Let's close out the week with some modern silver from Australia's Jessica Bojczuk. This kind of work, with its clean lines and balanced shapes, often has a meditative effect on me. I hope that puts it in the "art" "category" because, you know, it makes me sound a lot less crazy to say I'm meditating on art than on costume jewellery.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Genevieve Packer / Staxx

These stackable "Utopia" and knuckle duster "Dystopia" rings are from Genevieve Packer's
"the grass was greener" collection. The range "explores the increasing distance between the customary summer coastal holiday and the average New Zealander." I love the idea of stacking different rings to create different scenery; I'm reminded of those city rings by Jennifer Flume (whose website, by the way, has some new pieces worth checking out).

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