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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702887
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Need bling? Serious bling? Original bling? Finger bling? In Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry, Lark Books--doing what it does best--offers the debut title in their redesigned Showcase 500 series. And what an offering it is! From the medieval-inspired simplicity of Aliki Apoussidou's hot-forged Siegelring Rund to Kristin Diener's aptly named Ring Form: Contraption (truly, a party on your hand), juror Bruce Metcalf and editor Marthe Le Van have selected an eye-catching collection of jewelry from classic to quirky. My personal favorites ran the gamut. Would I wear Julie Lynn Romanenko's untitled elegant diamond and 14-karat gold set? Absolutely! Could I see myself wearing the polymer-clay fantasy that is Jeffrey Lloyd Dever's Convergence? The artful sprite in me is screaming 'Sure, you can!' This book lives up to the Lark Books' tradition. It's a jewelry store between two covers." --Diana Mains Welte
 
“Love jewelry? While few of these rings might be actually worn, they are highly creative and inspiring to view. The uniqueness of the rings lies in design, concept, techniques and materials. While some jewelers use gold, precious metals and stones, others use everyday items like paper, hook-and-loop tape and synthetic rubber insulation tubing. Techniques are also diverse, including carving and photo etching to hot forging and welding. This is another of the terrific books in the 500 series. Well worth buying and loving.” --Nancy G. Cook

About the Author

Juror Bruce Metcalf was a contributing editor to Metalsmith magazine for nearly two decades and taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His honors include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, a Fulbright Teaching & Research Fellowship in Korea, and a National Endowment for the Arts Craftsmen's Fellowship.
 
Marthe Le Van is a Senior Content Editor for Lark Jewelry & Beading. She has written, edited, juried, or curated more than 40 jewelry books since 2000.

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

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It is a brilliantly colored ring which captures and enhances the beauty of the stones in a remarkably simple way, yet it is very dramatic and elegant.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book of rings, Showcase 500 Rings, New Directions in Art jewelry, is a complete celebration of the human urge to communicate and join through creating. As we reach out our hands to each other, we acknowledge that we are separate from other creatures on our planet by our ability to use our hands as tools to create beauty and art. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the hands are the doorways to all that we hold to be dear and true in our hearts.
It is a lovely way to begin a new series of Lark books by dedicating it to rings. Rings say so much and in so many ways. They join people in marriage, they commemorate other important occasions, they even serve as seals or crests.
Showcase 500 rings not only gathers together a great collection of classically designed yet modern rings, it also offers the reader the latest creations from the greatest, innovative studio galleries.

As juror Bruce Metcalf explains in his introduction, there is a movement going on right now which validates any and all sorts of materials. This book will show you what he means. Not only are there rings in gold and other precious metals, there are also rings fashioned from all sorts of other materials. There is even a collection of rings which have been made of dried, hand dyed, and hand carved potatoes! And these potato rings (by Julie Usel) are not alone in their unusual nature, in this book. There is nothing which hasn't been chosen which is not worthy to be in this glorious book. You will see silver and gold and gemstones and glass enamel, and you will also see anodized aluminum which has been crocheted and fused. You will be moved by a ring which is almost spiritual in its sensibility, namely "Nest" by Euyoung Park, which is fabricated of resin, ink, and paper only.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Showcase 500 Rings is exquisite! I'm so excited to own this book. From wacky to classic designs, the rings in this book are beautifully photographed and should be inspirational to any artist.

Especially if you are a jewelry designer- BUY THIS BOOK! It's a definite must-have for your studio's library of go-to inspiration for generating fresh and innovative ideas. The less 'wearable' pieces really get my creative juices flowing while the more traditional pieces still play with composition and symmetry, color choices and imaginative techniques. Every time I flip through this book, I find something new that makes me smile or say, "Why didn't I think of that?"

This is now definitely in my top 5 favorite books for jewelry design inspiration. I highly recommend it. Truly stunning work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Showcase 500 Rings" is essencailly a gallery of ring designs from various artists that highlight what is possible, but not necessarily always practical. As a jewelry maker, I found that there are a lot of truly innovative and clever ideas to draw inspiration from in the works presented. There were also quite a few that you just have to wonder what the artist was thinking when they decided to move forward with making something that no one would ever want, or possibly even be able to, wear. That being said, this is a worthwhile addition to my collection.

Like most other "Lark Carfts" books, the pictures are top quality and could easily be used to teach product photography.

Recommended!

CFH

NOTE: The publisher provided me a copy of this book to review, but that in way influences my rating or comments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shopnmoka on May 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book! It's gorgeous and filled with so many incredible designs. Every time I look through it I find something I haven't seen before. If you're looking to see some truly unique ring designs this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iris Merkle on May 21, 2012
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If you ever thought that to the concept of the ring nothing new can be added - take a look at this book. 500 artists from all over the world show their breaking ideas on one of the most classical bijouterie items of mankind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mik Nastasia on July 16, 2012
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Fantastic book of rings both functional and non-functional yet all sculptural and beautiful! This is why I started making jewelry! Thanks Eric!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By designer on August 10, 2012
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This book is a waste. Inspirational, I think not unless you like "jewelry" made from dryer lint and other dreck. I am glad I bought it used because was a waste of money.
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By S. Marie on July 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Nothing but pictures of rings. Some of the rings are very strange and most of them are way out there! Not very useful to learn about ring styles. If someone made a weird ring, it probably is in this book.
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