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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289334
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nearly 300 international artists are represented.” (Woman Around Town)

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Nicolas Estrada, a jewelry designer who lives in Barcelona, is the author of New Rings.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By asl on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
So far the only review for this book is a shallow dismissal of it, an exhortation to the reader not to read, but to disregard. But if you do take the advice of passing this book by you'll be missing out on quite a lot. Maybe it isn't a book everybody would want to own, but ANY TYPE OF ARTIST, from photographer to dancer, poet to web designer, ANY ARTIST would benefit from giving this wonderful collection of images a bit of consideration. If you don't buy it, try to borrow it from your local library's inter-library loan program if available. The first reviewer of this book says (s)he considers herself "open-minded" but in fact offers an extremely narrow interpretation of the rings in this book: i.e. (s)he views them as actual wearable ornamentation that readers would want to wear. That's not at all what this is about! This is thought experiment made tangible. How much Haute Couture fashion is actually made to be worn? Skirts made of paper and dresses formed from steel are not made to be worn, but rather to be seen and thereby serve as inspiration. The collection of rings found here is an incredibly rich source of inspiration - I guarantee it will have you thinking outside the box even more than you usually do. If you're interested in collecting antiques, this is not the book for you, but if you are an individual devoted to understanding the world and possibly creating meaning and/or beauty, then at least give this book a glance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V.F. on November 4, 2011
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I personally completely agree with reviewer "asl" and want to thank him/her for the encouragement to try this book. The cover appealed to me, but after reading the first review I nearly shied away from buying it. And I'm so happy I did not! This book is a joy! Yes, it's a far cry from conventional 'pretty' jewelry (although there are certainly pieces that qualify as such), but if you're willing to go beyond conventional this is a treasure trove of inspiration. Pieces that make you laugh, others that mesmerize, some that feel sad and heavy, some that feel like a barely manifested thought.
If you are at all interested in jewelry as an art form, I highly recommend this delicious book.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marilynn Nicholson on August 16, 2011
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I keep wondering why write and publish a book with mostly badly designed wierd and unwearable rings when so many wonderful things exist? It must have been a difficult search to find so many ugly examples.
I am a jewelry teacher and I consider myself open minded but I am so tired of seeing such bad examples..... I know it is the current trend to just make jewelry that is wildly different and shocking but enough is enough. Someone has got to say that it is just bad and boring. Save your money.... I bought the book without seeing it and I wish someone had told me not to bother purchasing it..... Thames and Hudson you should know better..... I advise people to speak up in favor of quality and design and against this foolish travesty.
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