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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600590381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590382
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You'll be in absolute awe with over 400 pages of one-of-a-kind pieces from over 300 artists. This extensive volume contains enough inspiration to last a lifetime. You'll love 500 Pendants & Lockets." - Bead Unique

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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 30 people found the following review helpful By R. Eberhard on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
With few exceptions, I enjoy the Lark "500" series of books, Pendants and Lockets is no different. Sticking to the photos only with minimal wording publication concept, this is not a "how to" book it simply showcases a veritable smorgasboard of amazing contemporary designs. The enormous range of materials used to create these pieces is appreciated, nothing seems to have been left out. Of course all the to be expected precious and non precious metals and stones are there, now add plastics, textiles, papers, glass, all the clays, resins and found objects.

Continue with every possible technique you can think of, and then some, with design concepts that for the most part are also extremely wearable ( and yes there are some that leave you with a what the?? feeling )and you have a great book. Make no mistake here, this is contemporary jewellery, don't look here for the traditional or you will be disappointed.

Everypage is a highlight, with Jacqueline Ryans Untitled ( pg 14) gold and enamel pod looking so real it was stunning, Jin a Jung's - A dot of Illusion was incredible, visual illusion of geometric patterns done so well and Karen McCreary's Geode Pendant in Acrylic, gold leaf and silver were both elegant and fluid with stunning colours. These may have stood out for me personally, and I am sure everyone who views this will have favourites too.

Whilst there were some well known artists showcased it was great to see so many new names and better still I had not seen over 95% of the photos before.

I have been left in awe of the designers who have created pieces that challenge your thinking, delight with their interpretations, playful and serious and leave you knowing you have just witnessed Pure Magic. Well done to both Lark and the exceptional job the jurors Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt have done. This is a book that will be my night time reading for many days ahead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Lafaye on September 16, 2008
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This is a wonderfully varied and representational compendium of jewelry pieces from a wide variety of artists. I was inspired, impressed, amused and amazed by various pendant/lockets. The editors do a marvelous job of gathering work from the traditional to the far-out without going round the bend or boring this reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Nieto on December 30, 2008
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I am not usually the type of person that would buy a book to look at all the pictures. I am a techie and my art is computer motherboards. I thought this book was going to have more information on the jewelry. I have never had a Lark book so didn't know the reference. I have to say that this book is beautiful and I really like it. I just keep looking through it and never seem to get tired of trying to figure out what the artist must have been thinking to create the pieces in the book. Although it wasn't what I needed, it is a keeper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele Black on April 21, 2009
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This book is consistant with Lark's other offerings, namely, a book of fairly well done photographs of some category of object. However, if you're unfamiliar with their work, be warned that about one third of the stuff shown falls into the category of experimental student projects and conceptual art. For example, a pendant made from an ice cube.. I have most of the series, and as a jeweler/designer, use them for reference and inspiration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on October 30, 2008
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This was one of my Amazon recommendations, so on a whim, I bought it. I was not disappointed. Make no mistake - this is not a "how-to" book; it is exactly what the title indicates - a collection of great images of 500 beautiful pendants and lockets. Full of inspiration for jewelry designers of all skill levels.
I like this book so much that I may order a few others in the series - yes, there are more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Moore on December 12, 2008
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Highly inspiring and beautifully photographed. A welcomed addition to my collection of the Lark 500 Series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Callaway on January 5, 2009
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I bought this book for my grandmother, who is a jewelry-smith now that she is retired. I also do some metalsmithing, although nothing like her. We both loved this book! It was beautiful and interesting and had lots of neat and inspirational ideas. My grandmother in particular liked that all the materials were listed for every item. She did complain, however, that fewer pieces than expected were traditional metalwork. Personally I thought the use of so many new materials to be quite interesting. The biggest drawback I found was that all of the pieces were very modern or contemporary in style, which, given the title, is to be expected.

Overall, a great idea book, with beautiful pictures and useful descriptions.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Kell on June 24, 2008
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What a pleasure to open a book and be awed by its quality and content, delighted
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