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500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry (500 Series) Paperback – April 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579908233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579908232
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Congratulations to Lark and to Alan Revere (juror) for selecting an absolutely stunning, jaw dropping extravaganza of contemporary earrings. This collection is one of the best assembled, every page was completely different; a lovely photo, with a brief description of the materials and methods used to create the masterpiece. All styles, shapes, materials, assembly methods, design concepts seem to be covered, earrings that actually work and are wearable. In fact at least 95% of the earrings could be put into your jewellery collection immediately, a refreshing change from over the top "interpretations" that would never see the light of day.

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!
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I was extreamly impressed with not only the content, but the quality of the photos. It is hard to find jewelry books that display true art and inspire. Most of them are just cheesy "artsy-crafty". I would definatly by this book again and any of the same collection.
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A superb, balanced selection of earrings as art make this a great reference work for the designer, or just someone who likes earrings. Many types of designs and materials are represented. There's a clear, balanced approach to the huge array of designs, from structured and hyper-detailed styles to simplistic "found object" representations. This is not a craft book, but a selection of artists really at the top of their game. Some of the artists are nationally or internationally known, while many others found a platform for their expressions through this book.
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Overall, 90% of this book contains a selection of earrings made from junk and trash; some of the projects even look like kindergarten craftwork. These pieces are interspersed with some very well designed and executed and absolutely beautiful work, too bad for them they were included with the rest of the "contemporary" trash. Does "contemporary" really need to mean, "made from junk"??
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I believe the Lark 500 series is one of the most beautiful book series I have ever seen. The photos of the particular product, e.g., this book's Contemporary Earrings, are marvelous as is the artisan's creativity. The next book I purchased from AMAZON is contemporary necklaces, each and every one a jewel, pun intended. I highly recommend any one of the LARK BOOKS as I have purchased a number of them and every time I look through them I get new ideas and they are a total treat.
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It's definitely very well edited book, good quality photographs.
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 .....
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The 500 Earrings book is interesting, high quality, and well worth buying and reading. I don't wear earrings, but love the designs and artistic workmanship. I plan on getting the whole series. It isn't so much about earrings, as it is about art.

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500 Earrings

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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.
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