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Literary Jewels - Paper Rings From Books

British artist, Jeremy May says, "Paper is many things: a carrier of text, illustration, history and emotion." If paper is all that then books bundle those altogether. His amazing paper jewelry collection, Littlefly - Literary Jewels is made by laminating many pages together, carved into jewelry pieces, colored and then completed with a high gloss finish.

What's even more remarkable - the jewelry fits back into the book it came from! Instant packaging! He also offers custom work for those who want jewelry made from a particular book.

Shown here are his stunning rings - he also makes necklaces and bracelets. The ring above was made from Canadian writer Margaret Atwood's book, The Edible Woman . Another jewel is the ring made from  American author J.D. Salinger's classic, The Catcher in the Rye.

Below left is the Hamlet ring. On the right is the ring made from 'Dictionnaire de Reves'.

The 19th century novel The Cloister and the Hearth was set in the 15th century.

The Life of Smollet ring and the Vanity Fair ring :

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  1. This one is pulling me in two directions, Pearl. I admire the workmanship and the rings are attractive, but HE'S DEFACING BOOKS!!!

  2. Well, I would rather something useful be made from an unwanted book then for it to go to the landfill.

  3. LOVE THAT IDEA! Misti (via Facebook)

  4. Sorry, but I find the artist's idea rather horrifying. Cutting up books? Never. And "unwanted" books, if they exist, should never be tossed in the garbage, they should be recirculated to friends, libraries, charities, etc.

  5. It is hard to believe the rings are made from paper, some look as though they were carved from wood as they have a wood-like grain to them.
    As far as defacing books go, I would think these books would be kept to house their tiny treasures in for a very, very long time. I imagine they would even become valuable keepsakes, both ring and book together. :)

  6. Awesome! I love the idea of having a ring made and getting the ring and the book together. We've got books in libraries and stores and private homes - and as long as someone isn't destroying books an in - banning them, I don't care. If this guy has some books and wants to make jewelry out them, they become re-purposed as art. Again I say - awesome!

  7. Re purposed jewelry is great but instead of defacing good books...we can use children's previous years rough notes or home work note books (which get tossed out anyway) to make a ring. We can involve the kids in the process and the outcome becomes more than just jewelry - it becomes a memory


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