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Monday, September 30, 2013

Gabrielle Desmarais / Molly Gabbard / Rebecca Vigers / Uhuru / Manuela Jimenez

The word "protuberance" perturbs me. Nevertheless, here's a protuberance edition of Five in a Flash, inspired by this ring with sticking-out sticks. Ring above by Montreal's Gabrielle Desmarais (I like her gallery of art pieces that are all about balancing shapes).

"Tied" ring in soapstone and fox hair by Indiana's Molly Gabbard.

"Sword" ring by UK jeweller Rebecca Vigers.

"Milo" bar ring from Brooklyn furniture designers Uhuru.

Silver "lace" ring by Colombia's Manuela Jimenez.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Anya Almira / John Iversen

One look through this jeweller's gallery and you'll have your head in the clouds — right alongside that castle. Visit Singapore's Anya Almira, who takes her best childhood memories and turns them into wearable art.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Heather McDermott / Lucie Hunter

Is there a dreamier-sounding place than Isle of Skye? (It's like "Land of Nod," minus the unpleasant Biblical backstory.) These rings were inspired by jeweller Heather McDermott's dual Scottish surroundings of Skye and Edinburgh. Don't nod off and miss the rest of her gallery!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Evgeniya Tsancova / Elisabeth Engstrand Sparring

My favourite kind of pencil crayon art!

Check out Bulgarian jeweller Evgeniya Tsancova for the rest of the collection, as well as other pieces like the "Tied" rings, above, made of rope and anodized aluminum.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mizuko Yamada / Mima Pejoska

Some people can't abide the feel of jewellery on their bodies. Japan's Mizuko Yamada, it would seem, is not one of them.

Check out her gallery for more of her "Tactile" series, as well as other work, like the watering can rings above.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Alex Diaz / Psyche Jewelry

In "Ring for Specific Elicitation," Tokyo-born designer Alex Diaz created a piece "that would synthesize [his] knowledge in neuroscience with architecture." The brass ring "elicit[s] specific nerves to trigger emotions by poking specific parts of the palm and the ear." It tickles my fancy, at least.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Emelie Westerlund / mazar be Bracha

Please pass the soy sauce.

"You must first turn it sideways by 90 degrees, then make it inverted by twisting your wrist and dip it from the side..." So begins the sushi-eating instructions that were the inspiration for these rings. That's right — not mountains, not sunsets, but table manners. I like the way this person thinks. For more, check out the UK's Emelie Westerlund.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Samantha Nania / Colin Zannoni

If Geppetto were re-born as a modern American woman, maybe she'd be a jeweller. Using wood scraps from furniture-making, Connecticut native Samantha Nania "combines sharp angles and subtle arcs in order to convey the ballerina in motion." More graceful than Pinocchio, for sure.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aimee Petkus / Lux Divine

"For many years," says Georgia's Aimee Petkus, "I've tried to understand why art and science are viewed so separately, and how I could bring them together." She finds her answer in jewellery, which involves both the science of geology and the art of adornment. Check out her awesome organic pieces featuring raw crystals, metal and electroforming.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Valentina Brugnatelli / Eometrie

Super colourful, chunky, translucent resin with slabs of agate... would describe this designer's cuffs. The rings, as you can see, tend toward the neutral and monochromatic; shown here are pieces in brass, resin and crystal. No matter what the palette, however, Italian jeweller Valentina Brugnatelli's creations are striking and fabulous.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Studio YCYC / Emma Bugg

A church, a temple, a street crossing: just some of the things encountered by Yu-Chiao Wang and Yuan-Chi Tseng while "Wandering in a City," that city being Tainan, in their native Taiwan. Together, they are Studio YCYC.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Sun Kyoung Kim / Gina Stewart Cox

Unconventional beauties from Illinois' Sun Kyoung Kim.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Amedeo Scognamiglio / Arte Napoletana

Speaking, as we were yesterday, of portraits: while the cameo is a classic form of portraiture, Amedeo Scognamiglio doesn't restrict himself to classic motifs. Check out the New York jeweller's array of carved animals, from the three wise monkeys to dress-donning ducks. (He also has lots of skulls and more traditional figures.)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Joo Hyung Park / Elizabeth Berdann

In "Portrait of the artist as a young jeweller," South Korea's Joo Hyung Park wears her precious memories on her fingers. "It is not about interrupting the memory," she states, "but making it closer to my hands." She chose to cut out her own image rather than disturb those of her family.

Visit her site for more, like these "Cracked" rings in acrylic, silver and coloured pencil.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jennifer Merchant / Pearce Morgan

Make a statement with rings in layered acrylic and corian by Minnesota's Jennifer Merchant. Even if that statement is just, "I really like layered acrylic and corian."

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Emma Francesconi / Androgyny Jewelry

If only I could screw up as well as Emma Francesconi. In the Italian jeweller's hands, hardware is transformed (be sure to check out her online brochures, particularly for the bracelets). She explains: "I take handfuls of screws and washers and play around with them, attaching them in a multitude of ways, creating new shapes, going back and trying again until I find equilibrium of shape and overall smoothness."

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Fillyjonk / Yolanda Benitez

Wish you could just sit... a treehouse... a lakeside cabin? Let Japan's Fillyjonk whisk you away for the weekend.

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Chris Jump / Gitte Bjørn

Dollnatomy: while the title says it all, the pictures say it better, so go check out UK jeweller Chris Jump.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Birgit Okulla / Merve Kahraman

Like a good dessert, these glass bottle rings feature various toppings and fillings — but you can have as many as you want without risk of a sugar coma, which is a nice bonus. To see more, visit Germany's Birgit Okulla.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Un (Tomoyo Yoshida) / Laonato

Now that school's back in session, a little math:

top hat + top hat = ?

Bowtie, of course. It's not just math, it's math class.

For more playful pieces, as well as modern classics like the ring above, visit Japan's Un (Tomoyo Yoshida). [If you can't access the site, try their old blog.]

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