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500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal (500 Series) Paperback – April 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596315
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The quintessential inspirational gallery of silver jewelry art. Edgy, innovative, and redefined describe the work contained within these 400-plus pages. The photographs are stunning, as you would expect from a book in Lark's 500 Series. The book itself is a work of art and one I would like to have in my collection." - Bead&Button
 
"Lark Jewelry & Beading has added another magnificent gallery book to their line up. Talya Baharal juried this gallery book and has selected a plethora of beautiful things from 260 international art jewelers. From shiny and polished to oxidized, blackened silver, this book encompasses the versatility of this metal and the many forms that the talented hands of artists can coax from it. From wire work and lacy, delicate fabrications to ornate and sculptural pieces, this book of eye candy has something for every aesthetic. This is a collection that is sure to inspire and hold you enthralled with its silvery beauty." - CraftGossip
 
"You'll enjoy this book if you like coffee-table books that are mostly large photos with very little text; you want a global view of modern silver jewelry; you enjoy looking at photos of jewelry either for design inspiration or as part of your rich fantasy life; you're curious about all the different ways that silver can be used in jewelry; (or) you like to have a huge, portable collection of gorgeous photos to look at." - Michelle Mach

"This book ... is like walking into a beautifully curated museum show and looking at piece after piece after piece or amazing silver jewelry. There are many pieces where the silver looks like silver. There are just as many others ... where it looks like concrete, ashes, sand, charcoal and other materials. This is the type of book that makes me think about boundaries and why sometimes I set them where I do. This book shows you that there are people who create without fearfulness about how it will be accepted, what people will think. If your artistic spirit would be enriched by walking through a beautiful and bold show of 500 silver jewelry designs, this book brings it to your home." - Charlene Sevier

About the Author

Talya Baharal is a full-time studio jeweller and sculptor. In 2007, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in crafts and has been awarded numerous best-in-show distinctions.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I have the 500 series and even a 1000 book too.
Dana Ellen Evans
Most of the work featured is extremely abstract and not appealing.
Zenia810
Maybe the curator really likes black and chose too much of it?
Nora Sline

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dana Ellen Evans on May 14, 2011
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This is the 11th Lark jewelry books I've bought. I have the 500 series and even a 1000 book too. Each has their own flair based on who has curated the collection. This collection is interesting in that the juror has picked a lot of cutting edge and progressive pieces. I have to say I don't agree 100% with her picks. Some artists make to satisfy their customers, some make for themselves, some make for other artists. A lot of the pieces included are, dare I say, ugly. They feature silver in unconventional ways, true, but not necessarily beautiful ways. A lot of pieces look deconstructed, which makes for a cool coffee-table book, but as a jewelry artist, this kind of work is not the most inspiring to me. I would say about 10% of the pieces are truly beautiful and a marvel of technique, composition, skill and finesse. The other 90% in my humble opinion are barely wearable, not recognizable as jewelry (or silver) and not very attractive. I think pieces can be cutting edge, but can't they be beautiful, too? I'm all for making art for art's sake, but many of these pieces were hard to visually connect with, some hard to emotionally or intellectually connect with as well. The piece on the cover fits exactly into that 10% I'm talking about- gorgeous, technique-savvy, and appealing. Most of the other pieces are not, in my opinion. Not sure I'd recommend the book, but it was very reasonably-priced, so I went for it. I did get some great ideas in looking at the 10% gorgeous examples, but was kind of disappointed with the other choices.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By whim on March 29, 2011
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This book is quite interesting. It showcases the works of top metalsmiths. This is a juried collection. The pieces were chosen by Talya Baharal. She is an award-winning art jeweler. There is quite a varied collection of styles in this book and the jewelry is very beautiful. Most of the pieces are contemporary or avante-garde. Some of the pieces are quite bizarre. Things you might find in a museum maybe, but you would never see anyone wear in real life. But, as they say, art (beauty) is in the eye of the beholder.

Although this is not my favorite "500" book, I did enjoy it and found lots of inspiration in it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fine Craft Fan VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
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Some of the reviews for this book infuriate me: It's a book of photographs of contemporary art jewelry. Perusing it is as thrilling, unnerving, breathtaking, disquieting, and moving as is attending a well-curated exhibit at an art museum or gallery. The idea isn't that every piece included will exactly fit your personal aesthetic or even your idea of what jewelry should be; the idea is that you'll be intrigued, provoked, entertained, and perhaps even inspired. This book does all of that in spades. It is incredibly exciting seeing the breadth of work being created by today's studio jewelers. And some of the work is simply beautiful beyond words. It's a treat, and a book you'll visit and revisit again and again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 23, 2011
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"500 Silver Jewelry Designs" beautifully presents 500 silver creations in a wide verity of styles, that range from classic to outlandish. Many of these pieces are closer to sculpture than jewelry and quite honestly more than few really are not practical for daily wear.

This is also not an instructional guide and it is often difficult to see how the piece was made, but there are a lot of pieces that have provided inspiration for my own jewelry. The presentation and photography are absolutely outstanding, making this a delight to page through for enjoyment and possible ideas.

Recommended!

CFH

Note: I revived a review copy from the publisher, but this in no way reflects my rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little Old Lady on December 16, 2011
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Luscious, inspiring, even to translate into other media (fiber). The photography is clear and shows texture well (important to me). Layout is easy on the eyes and mind. Choice of pieces is exquisite. This will be a great gift for your favorite artist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian&Kathy Schlegl on August 1, 2013
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I appreciate the problem with design work but after more than 30 years of teaching I see this book as a collection of effort only. Too bad. Don't purchase this book unless you want another doorstop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonah Morgan on December 31, 2011
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If you purchase this book you won't be disappointed, I bought this for my wife for Christmas and she LOVEs it, can't go wrong buying this book!
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the foots are excellent, the object well chosen, the book can be looked over and over, we recommend it very much.
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