The pictures in this book are absolutely beautiful! The jewelry is very modern and represents artists from all over the world. If you want what I would loosely call a "coffee table book", you will love this book. I was expecting more commentary from the artists (there is only a one paragraph artist biography/statement) and perhaps some insight as to why/how on their designs (like the Penland jewelry book), which is why I only gave it 3 stars. The book is simply a collection of pictures of jewelry from many artists.