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The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery: 1840-1980
The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery: 1840-1980
by Stephen Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very thin volume, 24 Oct. 2013
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This has non-comprehensive illustrations, rather blurry, that you shall have seen, elsewhere, if already interested in the subject.
The text is suitable for those who do not wish for a great deal of information, or any, in depth. It is interesting and written in an accessible way, and probably a very good introduction to the subject, but not at this cost.It has some 70 pages. If you are selling such items, it provides valuable historical background to aid a sale at a cost of very little time spent in reading and is easily assimilated.
My review is coloured by that cost. I feel that my money was not well spent. I was disappointed that there are only 2 illustrations of modern, crafts pieces in spite of the booklet covering up to 1980, according to its title.
There appears to be a lack of understanding of how the pins functioned. Only page 42 has the tip of the pin shown in the correct position; fabric was passed through the hoop of the brooches, from behind, slid onto the pin, then the weight of the fabric pulled the tip of the pin against the front of the hoop, securing the brooch.Where fabric was too thick for this, it was slid onto the pin, and the penannular hoop slid round under the tip of the pin to make it secure.


Barking in Essex (Modern Plays)
Barking in Essex (Modern Plays)
by Clive Exton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I was left unimpressed, 19 Oct. 2013
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It is very different reading a play to seeing it interpreted by actors who introduce characterization, emphasis, timing, and establish interrelationships that are not written into the play.
Thus, I found it a very thin play to read.
The play opens with bad language.
I purchased it because I wanted to see the play but knew that my hearing definition problem should cause me to miss much/most of the dialogue.
Now, I think that it is unlikely that I shall make the effort to go and see it.I feel that the cost of the text was a waste of money for me.


The Berthier-Delagarde Collection of Crimean Jewellery in the British Museum and Related Material (British Museum Research Publication)
The Berthier-Delagarde Collection of Crimean Jewellery in the British Museum and Related Material (British Museum Research Publication)
by Julia Andrasi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Existing familiarity with jewellery of this period neccessary due to unusually poor photographic images for a 2,008 publication, 22 Feb. 2013
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In spite of being published in 2,008, the very few coloured photos are very poor and tacked into the back of the book. They take-up just 3 and 1/2 pages of nearly 70 pages of images in a book of some 170 pages. Of those images, the black and white photos are poor: they look like ones printed as a facsimile of a publication from long before digital photography.
The comprehensive and excellent drawings, many showing expanded assembly diagrams, and text, on superior paper, are what you should expect from such an authoritative source as the British Museum.
However, to benefit from this book, one needs to have an existing close familiarity with jewellery of this period in order to be able to interpret the blurry photos, devoid of the detail one expects in a modern publication. Certainly, the marks that occur during manufacture which reveal working methods of the time, cannot be seen, at all.


21st Century Latin: From Bovvered to Binge Drinking
21st Century Latin: From Bovvered to Binge Drinking
by Sam Foster
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased because of Rydh Tybyans review on Amazon., 19 Feb. 2013
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I purchased because of Rydh Tybyans detailed and enthusiastic review, and can do no better than to endorse it fully, and to add that it is a book of CCVI pages.
Worry not if you did not "do" Latin; it is too much fun to miss.

Additional fun for the masochistic is to be had by typing the Latin of this book into "Google Translate," then back into English, or another language of your choice, then into Latin, again, then into English, once more.
Chinese whispers never produced such malicious variants.

I did this with the other reviewer's phrase, lamented by him for its omission.
He should be ashamed of using such language!


Weiner Werkstatte Jewelry
Weiner Werkstatte Jewelry
by Janis Staggs
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cheaper alternative has superior images, 1 Feb. 2013
Better quality and larger images of the same jewellery fill a German language hardcover book, available through Amazon and now reduced to £29. 75p.with 152 pages.
This is, "Glanzstucke, Emilie Floge und der Schmuck der Wiener Werkstatte," published by Arnoldsche, a very high quality publisher.
I paid £35, but was thrilled with it as the prolific images on superb paper have such clarity in spite of the enlargement, and the text is minimal[I know no German]
At the same time, unaware that the images should be duplicated in "Wiener Werkstatte Jewellery," by Janis Higgs,I ordered an "as new " copy from Alibris, USA, postage £2.79p.
It was a new hardcover, just shelf worn, and half the price of the copies still offered through Amazon.
The original publication price was $45.00.for 114 pages.
In view of the high prices now being asked,I recommend considering the above alternative.
The loss of stars reflects my perception of lack of value for money,and does not reflect upon the scholarship of Janis Higgs of which a leisurely reading is likely to take less than an hour.
Had I purchased Janis Higgs' book first, then seen inside of the German language one, I should have gone on to purchase the latter, as well, but not the other way around.
To see many of the images common to both books with English text and a piece by Janis Higgs just Google, "Wiener Werkstatte Jewellery Neue Galerie" which shall give you the website of the American gallery which hosted the exhibition of the jewellery of her book.


Brit Wit: The Perfect Riposte for Every Social Occasion
Brit Wit: The Perfect Riposte for Every Social Occasion
by Susie Jones
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, Buy, Buy!, 29 Jan. 2013
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Until I read this book, I had not realised how satisfying wry and succinct British humour is when read on its own. Much gives pause for thought.
A book of nearly 300 pages,it was compiled for thinking adults.
Quotes included are from Stephen Fry, Terry Pratchett, Winston Churchill, Alan Bennett, Julie Birchill, Quentin Crisp, Lord Byron, and others, well known.
It is unlikely to offend.
It was re-printed in its first year[2005],3 times.


Rationalizations to Live by
Rationalizations to Live by
by Henry Beard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money, 28 Jan. 2013
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Disappointingly, this thin booklet is no more than a short list of worn-out, unimaginative, self-justifications that you shall have heard, before, with black and white drawings that add nothing. There is humour in neither.
No effort has been made.
The last page reads,"People like short books"
I feel duped.


500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment (500 Series)
500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment (500 Series)
by Lark Books
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Do not take the title seriously, 28 Jan. 2013
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Some rings appear in pairs, some interlock, but this is really an addenda to the, "Thousand Rings," as many rings shown have no obvious connection to marriage/commitment.There are one or two nice ideas, but if you already have the other book you might feel it is much of a muchness. Try researching ideas/inspiration on, "Metal Cyberspace."


Showcase: 500 Rings (500 Series)
Showcase: 500 Rings (500 Series)
by Marthe Le Van
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.94

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover photographs, 28 Jan. 2013
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The cover photos shews wearable and precious rings.
These photos are misleading.
If you are seeking photos of sculptures adapted so that they are capable of being put on a finger, as opposed to being worn,this is the book to buy.

Non precious, sometimes inappropriately non-durable materials, predominate.
If some precious element is used, it is often obscured by that which is not.

One ring is made of lead and gold; a new take on the apocryphal poison-containing ring of the Borgias. [page 325]
With this, just get your enemy to wear it.
Lead poisons through the skin.

This was included without any annotation that it is not intended for wear, nor suitable for wear, and without giving the dangers posed to anyone who, in ignorance of them, decided to emulate the process.

Perhaps the jurors/publishers felt that to do so should mean that they should warn of the perils of the intake of sugar from the rings made of sugar, and not stop there.


500 Gemstone Jewels (500 Series)
500 Gemstone Jewels (500 Series)
by Lark Books
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scrummy!, 28 Jan. 2013
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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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