- Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 420 pages
- Dimensions: 206mm x 206mm x 33mm | 1,293g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: Asheville
- ISBN 10: 1600595219
- ISBN 13: 9781600595219
- Edition: 1
- Edition statement: Firsttion.
- Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes photographs
- Sales rank: 84,008
"21st Century Jewelry" is the 'best of' the "500" series of jewellery books. It showcases the most magnificent works from all 10 jewellery books in a single, hardback edition. It will inspire artists and art enthusiasts alike by documenting the most beautiful and influential jewellery of the past decade. More than 75 world-renowned jewellers and curators juried the collection and in their own words, they describe what made a particular piece stand out, how it spoke to them and its outstanding qualities. While this is most definitely a beautiful gallery book, it is also a wealth of priceless knowledge, opinion and analysis from experts who have shaped the contemporary jewellery movement as we know it.
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Marthe Le Van has written, edited, juried, or curated more than 40 books. She was the editor for all the jewelry publications in Lark's popular "500" Series, the juror for "500 Wedding Rings," and the curator for "Masters: Gold." Marthe is a member of the Art Jewelry Forum and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
"For anyone who has a love of beautiful, unique and amazing contemporary jewelry, this is the book for you. Each stunning photograph showcases the amazing talents of a wide range of artists using conventional and not so conventional materials. Whether you are an amateur or an artisan, you can't help but delight in the craftsmanship and individuality of every piece shown.... This book will truly inspire you to push your boundaries, elevate your goals, and maybe even try something new." --Chicago Metal Arts Guild blog The most beautiful jewelry book to date from Lark Books and a must for everyone interested in contemporary jewelry. - Harriete Estel Berman A fantastic compilation -- truly the best of the best. - Cindy Edelstein A jewelry museum at your fingertips. - Sig Wynne-Evans Visually stunning (with) page after page of provocative work. And while all of that artistry is enough to feed the creative spirit, the thoughtfulness of experts who reflect on the best of jewelry in the past 10 years is even more compelling. - Charlene Sevier0000 A monster volume of work -- a collectible book full of collectible jewelry designs from big name artists from around the world: Shihoko Amano, Karl Fritsch, Giovanni Corvaja, and Peg Fetter, just to name a very small number of the many artists presented. The book is gorgeous! It is packed full of inspirational, contemporary, and cutting-edge jewelry on a grand scale with a variety of materials and aesthetic perspectives. - About.com Jewelry Making Among the most inspirational sources of jewelry design ... the best of the best. - Bead&Button Eclectic, amazing, and truly bizarre pieces have been hallmarks of the jewelry in Lark's 500 Series titles published over the past ten years. This volume dazzles with magnificent works created by an array of international artisans utilizing traditional precious metals and gems as well as such nontraditional materials as fabric, feathers, wire, paper, plastic, rubber, wood, leather, and even vegetables. The overall layout is clean and crisp, with the jewelry as the focus. This breathtaking compilation of outstanding and one-of-a-kind jewelry is recommended for individuals interested in creative art design and jewelry. - Library Journal"