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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579904807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579904807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marthe Le Van is a jewelry editor and curator. She is also co-owner of Mora, a designer jewelry boutique in Asheville, North Carolina. From 2000 to 2011 Le Van was a senior editor for Lark Books, where she, edited, juried, or curated more than 60 titles. The books she's authored on making jewelry include 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, Stitched Jewels, Prefab Jewelry, Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, and The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry. Marthe has also served as the editor for all jewelry books in Lark's popular "500" series, as well as the juror for 500 Wedding Rings and the curator for 21st Century Jewelry and Masters: Gold. She is a member of the Art Jewelry Forum and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Halama on November 11, 2006
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This books shows truly extraordinary creations in an amazing variety of materials and techniques. I own "1000 rings" and "500 brooches" and had therefore equally great expectations for this collection. However, in the order of publication of these books there seems to be a trend towards more emphasis on bizarreness at the cost of esthetics and wearability. Originality should not mean that functionality must be reduced in order to count as "art jewelry". Vice versa it seems that jewelry in traditional designs and techniques is not worth selecting (although very often they require much better skills). Many of the pieces would be more suited to appear in a collection of art sculptures rather than jewelry. Finally, since there was no lack of entries (more than 3000), it is a pity that several nearly identical entries from the same artists were chosen instead of giving a different artist a chance to display his or her work (example: two bracelets made from used coffee filters; the originality is appreciated but one piece would have sufficed to present the idea). I am curious how "500 Necklaces" will turn out.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ratyoke VINE VOICE on March 5, 2006
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I own this book, 500 Brooches, and 1000 Rings. This one is the worst of the 3, I think the other 2 are great. Overall these bracelets are just not that interesting, and there seem to be too many of them, by different artists, that are similar. One artist has 2 pieces in the book that are almost identical. I don't know what went wrong with this book. Was it the jurors? Is it that no one is making interesting bracelets? Is it that they didnt get many submissions?

Its not all bad. Theres some good pieces. If you like the brooches and rings books, you should still get this book, just don't expect too much. Anyway, its pretty cheap on amazon.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Margarita Alonso on March 10, 2006
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I'm a designer and jeweller and I found this book as a explotion of imagination and creativity; that bring me inspiration to develope my own ideas.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By glaslady on January 15, 2006
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this is a big disappointment, given the other wonderful books in the series. while the designs may be "cutting edge" techniques, too many of them also look either incredibly uncomfortable or impossible to wear - many look almost like art school failed projects.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on January 19, 2012
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I appreciate thinking out of the box, but this is ridiculous. It is as if the challenge was to look through a garbage can and come up with materials for a bracelet. Noodles, coffee filters, crayons, birthday candles... nothing practical. Nothing a person would actually wear. The only practical bracelet is on the cover (a little mis-representative of the rest of the material). I was looking for inspiration and got nothing. This is a waste of paper.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Czarina on May 12, 2006
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I can't understand why this book has an average of only 3 stars..... wait, I can. I think some people wanted stylish bracelets on every page, instead of the stylish bracelets _and_ true, melt-your-brain art in the pages of this book. Guess they resist having their brains melted....it does sound scary.

Not me. Not the people I know -- I'm sending them all emails urging them to go out and BUY THIS BOOK NOW! What an inspiration! It would drop-kick you out of any creative slump just looking at half a dozen pages on the darkest day. It encourages thinking outside the box like no other book I've ever read or seen -- but I'm highly visual in my orientation. Maybe that's it. Some people are more cerebral in their approach. That must be it. I TREASURE THIS BOOK.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Seneca on September 29, 2006
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Exhibit A in the case against buying books without being able to browse them first. If strapping a can opener to your wrist with adhesive tape counts as a bracelet, then there are 500, but many are pretense and most are unwearable. This book is just silly.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. L. de Grom on June 27, 2011
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This is one of about 4 of the 500 series books that is not what I would call a good representation of sellable jewelry. Most of the designs were so far out of what I think my customers would buy and more suitable to be thrown off floats in New Orleans. It has already been returned for a refund. The 500 Gemstone Jewels, Masters Gold, and Masters Gemstones, all Lark series publications are more suited to my taste in the jeweler's Art. Not melted nylon rope!
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