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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (23 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425704530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425704537
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mariama of the desert on 15 Jun 2008
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I found the content of this book potentially fascinating, but its quality and design are so disappointing that any enjoyment is quickly turned to frustration and annoyance. The text is reversed (white out of black): any designer worth his salt knows that this makes it difficult to read more than a few lines. And although some of the photographs are good quality, the majority are out of focus and pixelated - presumably because they are not of a high enough resolution, have been enlarged too much, and were taken without a tripod. Add the fact that it is printed on uncoated paper and the recipe spells disaster. What were the authors and designer thinking of? What a wasted opportunity: the Tuareg people and their wonderful silver jewellery deserve better that this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Tabak-tadema on 30 Jan 2013
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Very bad, rather blurry pictures. They look like bad photocopies! It has good items and touristic souvenirs (like the ones you can buy every were along the roads of Morocco etc.) mixed up. No were to be found in this book which are the good older items and which are new. Bad text. Al together I would not recommend this booklet to readers interested in the beautiful world of Touareg jewelry!
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Good content, disappointing presentation 29 Dec 2007
By A. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this as a Christmas present for my mother. Since she makes jewelry for a living, I thought she would find some of the unique Tuareg designs inspiring. In this regard, I think the book is quite good-- there are photographs of many beautiful pieces, and there's good text to go along with them.

However, there are some things about this book that really disappointed me. First, most of the photographs are very low resolution and have been blown up such that there is glaringly obvious pixelation. It looks as if many of the photos were taken with a camera phone. Not surprisingly, the colors in most of the photos are also quite dull, which makes the visual presentation of the jewelry even less effective. I also am not a fan of books that use light text on a dark background in their entirety-- this book does just that.

I understand now that this book was probably published in a very small run, but I still expect much higher quality when I pay nearly $50 for a small book of photographs. Furthermore, obvious pixelation from blowing up images too much is absolutely inexcusable. If you're going to buy this book, understand that its draw is the anthropological aspects of the jewelry and not their visual presentation.
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Tuareg jewelry 10 May 2011
By Eloisa M. Szanto - Published on Amazon.com
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Good selection of beautiful jewelry, but very poor quality photos, a pity.
If it is a problem of low resolution better to show smaller pictures, the way it is I don't recomend.
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Nice idea, horrible execution 10 Sep 2013
By R. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a graphic designer, with an interest in jewelry design. For $40 I had expected a well-produced "coffee-table" book. Nearly all the photos in this book were blown up from low-resolution files apparently grabbed from the web, and sharpened in Photoshop until heavily pixellated. The reproductions are the worst I've ever seen in a book in the nearly 4 decades of my career. NO WAY would I have paid even $5 for this book if I could have opened it in a store. The cover looked so promising, but that was where the design work ended. This was a terrible rip-off and I will be returning ASAP. Not only that, most pieces reproduced are modern "knock-offs" of antique pieces. The workmanship falls far short of vintage pieces and I had expected examples of the high-end of the art, not the low-end tourist market with shoddy craftsmanship. I recommend a book like Arts & Crafts of Morocco by James F. Jereb or Africa Adorned instead.
This book was a HUGE disappointment, just unbelievable.
You can make great jewelry without gold or diamonds. 6 Aug 2014
By B. Wolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Tuareg, despite being Muslims, have a love-hate relationship with the Arabs. When Islam reached them in the 700’s, they refused to give up a lot of their customs, and rejected a lot of Arab ones. The name Tuareg is in fact an Arab one which they do not use for themselves, possibly the name of one of their clans, which the Arabs assigned to the whole group. Since the 1960’s, when Francophone Africa was partitioned, the Tuareg’s camel routes have been restricted. Yet they have not been sucked into 20th century society, and unlike the peoples of Arabia, they never gave up their nomadic ways.
Most of the pieces in this book are silver, with gold rarely used. Perhaps the jewelers lacked the fuel to heat it? Or perhaps it was too valuable as currency? As for the designs, many of them show ancient Egyptian influence, others have European motifs, like the fleur-de-lis. One common type of necklace is the Tchirot, worn by men as a symbol of their clan or tribe. There are large rings, given to people in childhood, that are exchanged between couples as a sign of intimacy. Colors also come into play, because blue is a symbol of tamed spirits that can be controlled (not surprising, as blue is considered to ward off evil spirits in Arab countries.) Some of the pendants were obviously old coins of Arab, French, or British origin.
While this book shows extensive research, I would like to have seen more about the jewelers. There were no photos of the artisans at work, and I would like to have seen more about the actual crafts process, how they learn their craft, and what kind of monetary value they place in their work. What fascinates me the most if that aside from the silver, there aren’t any precious metals or stones, just good quality craftsmanship. I’ve seen artisans here in New York making beautiful jewelry from old spoons, pickle jar lids, and worthless foreign coins that they’ve flattened and refined. It’s great to see that you can make beautiful things from cast-off metal, instead of gold and diamonds that fund African dictators.
But unfortunately, gold and diamonds are what people want when they buy rings. A Tuareg silver wedding bracelet would not do for an American woman who expects a diamond (even though diamonds don’t come from the USA).
Terrible photos 17 Sep 2014
By T'zaddi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The photo quality in this book is appalling - I've seen classier looking junior high yearbooks. If you are going to the trouble to make a book on something then at least upgrade your photo capability. Most of this looks like it was taken with a camera phone. The quality of the paper does't help the photos at all. The only reason I am not returning it is I am interested in the information and it took so long to get here I thought it might have been sent from Morocco. Please authors-people buy books on subjects like this for the photos. You should be ashamed to send this out for sale.
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