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500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry (500 Series) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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I started to list the earrings that had stood out for me, and then realised that I would be listing nearly every one! A good blend of materials used too. After my disappointment with 500 Necklaces, I am once again very happy with this marvellous series of Books for Inspiration. Perhaps one of the best things with this book is that it will appeal to a wide variety of people. Traditionalists will love the classic and timeless pieces which bring Precious Metals and Gems together, on the other hand there are cutting edge designs and a diverse use of more "modern" media, plastics, resin, rubber, paper etc. Add to the mix found objects or unusual media such as toothpicks, butterfly wings and minature tyres ( that all actually work!!) and you have just about everyone's taste covered.
No instructions or projects here, just fabulous photos to fill your head with ideas and a desire to create (or rush out and buy!) I would still like to see a contact website or email listed alongside the artists name and country, contained in the back of the book. Then again, maybe not, I would surely be bankrupt after contacting the artists and trying to buy hundreds of these gorgeous earrings. Definitely a must have!
Most images are artistic jewelery, designer jewelery, that could be in an art exhibition jewel
The jewels are inspiring: the shapes, details, constructions, colors and more .....
Lightness, length, movement, suspension, symmetry, etc., are always attributes to take into consideration when designing earrings. No other forms of jewelry are as visible as earrings. They are sculptural manifestations of a designer's and wearer's mindset.
"500 Earrings" published by Lark Books, is a wonderful compilation of unique and interesting forms, concepts, and presentation.
Ear piercing was something I had never considered until I was in my late 20's. Since my budget was limited, I could never envision owning a pair of Tami Dean's Glitz Kick earrings of 18Kt gold decorated with rainbow pyrite, spinel, and diamonds. My style gravitated to a simple pair with small hoops and a most uncomfortable clip on mechanism.
Sometimes I would wear a conventional pair of pearl earrings, decorated with a faux jewel dangling on a jump ring. Nothing was as striking as Deborrah Dahr's Red, White, and Blue earrings created using 22kt, and 18kt gold, lapis lazuli, garnet, and pearl.
Today, my style has changed, but alas not my jewelry budget. What I would give to own Masako Onodera's "The Mating Season." I have a long neck and the sterling silver, freshwater pearl, polyethylene cord earrings would surely enhance any of my ensembles
Hsiao Chia-Pei "Change" with its aluminum, dye and anodized material sieve like shape might fit well into my stash of kitchen utensils.
Alan Revere's shield like shaped earrings "Pearl Reflections" brings out the battle cry in me.
Tessa E. Richard's earrings could be worn as a hat if one was so inclined.
The earrings featured in "500 Earrings" should convince a designer that "once you get the hand of it," anything goes.