- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600593410
- ISBN-13: 978-1600593413
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
500 Gemstone Jewels (500 Series) Paperback – 7 Jun 2010
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"If you love jewelry, you'll want this book. If you need inspiration in your own jewelry design, you need this book! From start to finish, "500 Gemstone Jewels" is eye candy and inspiration. When the world seems dark and ugly, this book is a beautiful, shiny thing to refill your soul and inspire you to create once more. One of the 500 series from Lark Books, "500 Gemstone Jewels" show a large variety of stones worked into dramatic and surprising pieces of jewelry. The contributing artists each bring a unique style, and the collection shown in this book is breathtaking." - Craft Gossip: Jewelry Making "It's time for some eye candy! A perfect volume for anyone who loves anything that's shiny, this book is a visual delight filled with endless inspiration. Every page is covered with spectacular photography of gemstone-covered jewelry." - Bead Unique, October 2011
About the Author
Juror, Cindy Edelstein began her career as a fashion editor at JCK Magazine and in 1991 founded the Jeweler s Resource Bureau. She has received numerous honours, including the prestigious Benne Award from the American Jewelry Design Council and the Contemporary Design Group s award as Best Designer Advocate. In addition, the Women s Jewelry Association has twice awarded her honours for Editorial and Marketing Excellence. Cindy is the author of Brilliance!
Top Customer Reviews
It is described as, "A Sparkling Collection of Dazzling Designs." This is not hyperbole.Thankfully, it is not a new book or I should never let it out of my hands.
It is filled with wearable [treat that word as underlined] and inspirational examples of extremely varied jewels, using a wealth of techniques.
Although they pre-date the huge rise in price of gold, there are ideas in it which use minimal gold with other metals, such as iron, which still give an opulent look, and where recycled gold can be utilised, or where Japanese alloys, shibu-ichi and shaku-do, created at the workbench in small quantities from recycled metals with no specialist equipment, can be successfully employed.[Check-out, "Metalwork and Enamelling," Herbert Maryon, 1923 re-print, pages 254 to 264]
No attributions are given for the gemstones featured. Where a piece of jewellery could not exist without that particular cut, it seems remiss.
Some unusual cuts that are featured appear to be stock from Joias, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK, which I have used for decades due to integrity/honesty as well as the unusualness, variety and quality of cut stones; Martin Weskamp, Dusseldorf, Germany, who has amazing non-traditional cut stones as well as beads, and Dieter Lorentz, Ida-Oberstein, Germany, whose important work was the main feature in, "Lapidary Journal," some years back.
I have been made impatient for the next, "Rock 'n Gem" show, held around the UK, where the less usual is the norm with many informed dealers in gem stones and one learns so much; they are natural teachers, freely giving hands-on experience.
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Recommend, it ranks high in the 500 series. (There is also lots of brilliant metalwork - its not just gemstones, although they do, of course, feature highly).