I bought this book recently and enjoyed reading it very much. I placed "post-its" on so many pages in this book, because the ideas can be used in so many different ways.
For example, there are many necklaces shown, that have double & triple "connectors" which are made by using vintage jewelry pieces, via pearls, old rhinestones, old broken rosaries, etc.... Another example are the author's use of clasps. In the book, the author shows how to turn an older pin clasp into a necklace clasp, and then she will add another piece from yet another old jewelry piece, to make yet another necklace connector. It's hard for me to describe the author's "style" by just writing this review, because a person really needs to see the photos and read the authors' directions in order to fully understand the author's process and her ideas.
Anyhow, I call the author's method of jewelry-making, as a form of "deconstructing" because she uses vintage photos,ribbons,pins,rosaries (etc) and transforms them into something else, by taking the older pieces apart & re-building them. Very creatively so! Also, it's important to note that the author's pieces are often made to look even older, by oxidizing the metals. Thus, the author's jewelry does not look like something that can be bought at a modern store. The pieces in this book often look like older family heirlooms.
Anyhow, the author's jewelry ends up looking very "old fashioned" in the end, so if a reader is looking for a book on making "newer-looking" jewelry, then this book may not be it for them.
In a nutshell, this book is not a basic BEADING BOOK,like so many BEADING BOOKS out there. "Rejuvenated Jewels" is more than just being about BEADING; it's about giving a new life to old jewelry and old ideas & transforming them into UNIQUE products. No two pieces will ever look alike, because each person that reads this book will transform their own old jewelry into a new creation.
So, if you are the type of person that loves "old" things, or vintage jewelry, or very unusual pieces that are transformed from vintage trinkets and findings, then this book will please!