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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680234
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 21.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All other books feature pearls, but this one has them as its focus. It also includes some wirework and beading projects, so isn't limited to stringing. We really liked all the extra information, quotes, tips, anecdotes and facts sprinkled throughout the book. So if you're looking for something more than a simple, single strand pearl necklace then this book is for you. --Bead, Dec 07/Jan 08

About the Author

Marlene Blessing has worked as an editorial director in western book publishing for two decades. Marlene is the editorial director for Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Beads magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado. Jamie Hogsett is the former editor of Stringing magazine and the special projects editor of Beadwork magazine, and the author of Stringing Style. Jamie has taught beading classes in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California. She lives in Kansas City, Kansas.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dee on 15 July 2009
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I bought this book thinking there will be lots of projects to inspire me. The projects were just so uninspiring & ugly expect for one (coin necklace) project. The authors create designs with far too many expensive pearls some of which can't be found in this country. There are no colourful projects to wow the reader. Beginner techniques were at the back of the book, apart from that the instructions for the projects are not detailed, it is obviously assumed that everyone reading the book is an advanced beader.

Avoid this book at all cost, it was a waste of money for me. I am going to buy a better book that offers beautiful projects which I can make for family & friends.
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I was hoping for some simple designs suitable for bridal jewellery but a lot of the designs in this book are quite chunky and a couple quite ugly, the selection of earring designs are also poor (only 2 designs), one of the necklace designs is simply beads strung onto ribbon which feels a little bit of a rip off. The pearls used are also big and chunky, not for the maker wanting simplicity and beauty, more for those wanting chunkier designs, there were only 2 designs in this book that appealed slightly to me, a little a disappointing and not what I expected.
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By J Holland on 22 Aug. 2013
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The book is excellent, it gave me a lot of information, especially as I have just started learning jewellery making, the designs are very easy to do and lots of them.
i would definitely recommend this book to my family and friends,
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I saw this book at a craft show so had a good look through then came home and found it cheaper on Amazon, this book is a good all rounder for anyone who enjoys pearls and the projects are great.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Pearl Projects, Beautiful Book! 15 Jun. 2007
By Jean Baldridge Yates - Published on
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The pearl, in all its lustrous beauty, stands apart from other gems in capturing our fascination. Why is this? Perhaps you will understand more after enjoying this knockout of a jewelry design book by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett, Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear.
As depicted in the beloved portrait by Vermeer, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", there is a unique quality belonging to pearls. They always attract us. Perhaps it is because they express purity, beauty, innocence and yet, at the same time, a wonderful, sensuous mystery. This book, in all aspects, succeeds in expressing the loveliness of its subject, the pearl.

The projects are uniformly stunning and brilliantly executed. Some are classic and/or easy to make, like the long strand of Burgundy Swarovski pearls with Swarovski crystals, which is shown on the model, simply worn free and long, or "opera length", with a formal dress. The color of the pearls in that project was particularly appealing to me! The lengths are all explained, by the way. Types of pearls are, as well.
Some projects are pure high fashion: picture a model wearing glorious baroque black pearls in a fantastic Y shaped tassel design, with a white T-shirt and a cool black leather jacket! That one knocked my socks off!
These projects, and many more, entranced me as I read and enjoyed the history of pearls which is also a part of this luxurious book.

There is a mood to this design book which is uniformly elegant. The photography is very high fashion and fun to look at, and the research photos and writing consistently enhance the appeal of the book's projects. It is as if the research and history inspired the projects, in many cases. For example, in a "did you know..." segment, Elizabeth I, The Pearl Queen, is written about. Opposite is pictured a necklace which is called "Ocean Wonders". The lovely necklace looks as if it were definitely inspired by The portrait of Elizabeth I and the research concerning her. Very cool!
As for the projects themselves, I had so many favorites! "The Sacred Vows Lariat" is like nothing I have ever seen before! What a beauty! The creamy whites in that, and the shapes of the pearls were perfectly gorgeous! "Pearl Fusion" totally rocked me, both with use of color and innovative design, as did "The Midas Touch", a new take on the classic dog collar necklace.

There wasn't a single project I didn't like,in fact, and I loved every snippet of information under the heading of "did you know..."
Of course I wanted to know! I love pearls, and if YOU love pearls, have I got a book for you! Go no further! This fantastic collaboration, Create Jewelry:Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear, is a wonder of a book. You will love it.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Ordered, read and then on to Amazon to buy! 11 Dec. 2007
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I first saw this book in my local library and thought it was a book about pearls. I had to order it because it was a new accession at the time. When I finally received the book it was a real revelation to find out that I could make these designs if I wanted to! I was very impressed with the wide range of modern jewelry shown and the details about how the designs were made up. There is not much information on the beading tools needed etc but this is easily found in other well priced books that Amazon sells on pearl jewelry making. The real strengths of this book are illustrating the wide range of pearls available today for jewelry making and the beautiful pieces that can be made. I live in Australia and the fact that I searched Amazon to find this book and was happy to pay the high shipping fees gives you some idea of the degree to which I enjoyed this book and wanted to own it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Easy-to-read instructions 22 Sept. 2007
By Linda Keto - Published on
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I have several how-to jewelry books and this one is in the top 5 as far as having pieces that I will actually make. I consider my skills intermediate and will be making at least 4 of the projects as Christmas gifts. So many of these type books have what I consider to be outlandish designs and this one has really lovely, more traditional pieces. The instructions are clear, the supply lists complete (including sources to find components), and the pictures terrific. Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful projects with beautiful pearl beads 25 Aug. 2007
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While you could copy the designs in "Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear", you might consider this book as a roadmap for unusual ideas instead.

What stood out for me? The variety of shapes and ideas that were not just beads sitting on a thread. For example, there is a coin pearl cuff style bracelet that is wide and elegant--not your usual single toggle bracelet. A real statement. Burgundy seed beads are used as a base, but I'd probably try some small Swarovski crystals instead, and instead of white coin pearls, try blush or lavender ones. You see? You can really take off on these ideas and make them your own.

There are pearls threaded on beautiful ribbons and organdy strips, there are lariats, and long pendant chains. One stunning design had small beads wound around a pearl chain, with a polymer clay pendant. I didn't like the pendant but think, if you were a clay designer, you could use this chain idea for some really outstanding artisan designs. Of course, Interweave continues their tradition of excellent photography and even better handdrawn illustrations for the how-to.

If you aren't the rugged individualist, this book has enough pearl designs to keep you happy for a long time. If you are a designer, you can use the various methods of making bracelets and necklaces as templates for your own variations. That's why I like this book, it's versatile and stimulating to creativity. Big thumbs up.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Pearly whites 4 Sept. 2007
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If you are unfamiliar working with pearls, this is a good book for design ideas. I was disappointed that the author did not focus on how to string pearls; although, this is an introductory book on pearls. I found the history of pearls interesting. If you are interested in designs, this is the book for you.
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