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21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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“A fantastic compilation -- truly the best of the best.” - Cindy Edelstein
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It's huge, over 400 pages with 1 or 2 pieces shown photographed in wonderful detail and color. There are also thoughts of other artists as they looked at the pieces which give insight to the piece.
The jewelry in it is something which can spark conversation. Going through it, I laughed out loud at the humor in some pieces, marveled at the mathematical precision of some pieces and just fell in love with how beautiful some pieces are.
A lot of the jewelry challenges the very idea of jewelry. It couldn't be worn comfortably, or it's materials so fragile that wearing the piece in life would destroy it. The materials are varied and the juxtaposition in some pieces of the absolutely commonplace with noble metals and faceted gems is thoughtful and challenging.
The materials and techniques used will inspire crafts people to look at things differently in their own work. A lot of the pieces use re-purposed materials, rescuing them from the garbage or found items which are turned into artistic statement jewelry.
Some pieces seem less art and more jewelry, but earned their inclusion by their sculptural elements or detail.
Just an amazing collection of jewelry.
THE RANGE OF JEWELRY goes from traditional gold and diamonds to irreverent plastic, crotchet and found materials. No matter your inclination or interest, you will find examples that will excite your passion about jewelry.
THE LAYOUT OF THE BOOK provides a delightful experience. Each turn of the page reveals a new combination of images that resonate with the facing page. Marthe Le Van excelled in the careful placement of images.
THE IMAGE BACKGROUNDS are generally white with jewelry objects cut away from the background with a subtle shadow. This gives the book a more cohesive quality than the conventional matrix of rectangular photos.
MUCH OF THE JEWELRY IS DISPLAYED ON MODELS. Martha Le Van recently spoke at the SNAG 2011 Professional Development Seminar, where she expressed the point of view that "skin, skin, skin is by far the best background for jewelry." The model shots also reflect the best of the "500" series so you can be sure they represent the most extraordinary examples.
Definitely buy this book for your library. You will be pleased repeatedly with your decision.
Harriete Estel Berman
In the interest of full disclosure: I was invited to be one of 85 guest jurors to select work for this book. Some of my descriptions and quotes were used in the book along with an image for three of my bracelets.
Our family, all eleven of us, recently visited Las Vegas. Together, we celebrated my husband's and my 60th wedding anniversary at the Venetian Hotel. My blog book reviews always describes some wonderful jewelry book publication. The Venetian Hotel reminded me of a beautiful precious jewel sparkling in the desert. As I perused "21st Century Jewelry," a part of the Lark Books 500 series, I could not help but make this comparison.
The creativity that comprised the artistic sensibilities in each and every page is also evident in the lush ambiance of this "all suites" hotel. Seainin Passi's droplet necklace resembled the azure blue of the pools with their gorgeous ever blooming gardens. As we strolled down the magical shopping promenade, the gondoliers summoned us with their lilting voices. We were enraptured by all the magnificent sights. Many of the amazing jewelry featured in this book had a similar effect on my sensibilities.
The Venetian Hotel is a rare specimen comparable to the Vesuvius Ring by Vicente Agor. Both showcase an abundance of color and beckon one in to experience its entire splendor. The Lark Books "21st Century Jewelry" with its captivating photographs and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas will forever be etched in my memories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is different from what I expected. Modern a kind of costume jewelry.Published 6 months ago by K
Great book. excellent for reference and for seeing how other's have challenged the boundary's of jewelry making. Arrived record speed, great condition.Published on February 3, 2014 by Suzanne
Is a good curatorship of of contemporary jewelry pieces.
photographs and format of the book is of high quality.
curatorship good, good pieces
what a wonderful compilation of fabulous jewelry design ideas. This book is a great reference for any studio. love it.Published on September 5, 2013 by Vicki Indig Smith