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500 Gemstone Jewels (500 Series) Paperback – 7 Jun 2010

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Product details

  • 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)
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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!

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My students are going to love this book!
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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There are a lot of these 500 series books, I think this is the best one as most of the books are very 'studenty' with ridiculous jewellery that you just wouldn't wear. the wedding Rings book is also a must have!
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A beautiful book that will be visited many times. The skill and craftmanshop is amazing. A good book for a present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Lark Book 30 Mar. 2010
By Etienne Perret - Published on Amazon.com
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500 Gemstone Jewels is the tenth in the series of jewelry collection books that I have purchased. I find the book to be beautifully photographed and printed, not too many words. A great way to get an idea of what is being done with gemstones by jewelry designers around the world. It is nice to see that so many of my peers have pieces featured in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 500 Gemstone Jewels 20 Sept. 2013
By carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have already used two designs from this book to have stones mounted. Unlike the sister book of 500 rings there are many designs that could be worn on special occasions or even daily wear. It also has ring, and necklace designs thus making it more versatile. The book arrived to an international location quickly and in great condition. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to have stones set into jewelry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous....again 22 May 2010
By jokat - Published on Amazon.com
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As with most of the lark 500 series, this is a compendium of gorgeous work filled with gemstones in all sorts of varieties and clever settings. Another beautiful coffee table book of inspiration. As with all these books - there are no instructions, projects or techniques - it is JUST pictures of lots of different work. Lots of work not seen in any other books too, which is nice.
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars seductive 18 July 2014
By rabb1t - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book. Not as much weird (rings made of lint or plastic cups settings) jewelry as you find in the books that emphasize 'contemporary' techniques. Photos are gorgeous and it inspires me to keep pushing myself. I love the rough stone settings!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Jewel of a Book 30 Mar. 2010
By Anna M. Vosburg, Jewelry - Published on Amazon.com
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Another genius addition to Lark's 500 Series, "Gemstone Jewels" is a visual feast. This book brings together some of the most talented stone cutters, jewelers, and jewelry designers working today. The gemstones themselves are simply gorgeous and the artisans work will inspire you. Anyone who loves jewelry will love this book!
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