Gemstones of the World
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Gemstones of the World
Переводчики Daniel Shea, Nicole Shea
ISBN 978-1-4027-6829-3; 2009 г.
Gemstones of the World is the single, cornerstone volume that every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound needs. And this updated edition contains a new chapter on the treatment of gemstones, expanded information on what's "New on the Market", and 400 additional stones. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in its rough, natural, polished, and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on the gemstone's formation, structure, physical properties, and characteristics, along with the best methods of working, cutting, and polishing it. There are even full treatments of lesser-known gems; a special section on rocks as precious stones; and organic gem materials. Charts and tables (including the "double fraction" figures that experts want) help collectors identify unknown gemstones and check for genuineness.
Формат: 13 см x 20 см
500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form
Издательство: Lark Books
ISBN 1579907016; 2006 г.
More artists make necklaces than any other form of jewelry—and these pieces are among the most exquisite ever created. Selected from over 5,000 entries, they range from unique chokers to artful collars. Some showcase precious metals and gems, while others use more unusual materials, including plastic, wood, paper, and glass. They’re forged, cast, and woven, and have surface embellishments that run the gamut from inlay to enameling. And the variety is simply astonishing: Classic bejeweled chains appear next to avant-garde felted wool constructions. Some of the eye-catching, full-color images feature enlightening quotes from the creators themselves. Jewelers, students, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will treasure this extensive collection—the largest of its kind.
500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry (Lark Jewellery)
Издательство: Lark Books
ISBN 1579908233; 2007 г.
Poring through the beautiful images in this exquisite gallery of earrings is like stepping inside a jewelry store filled with remarkable pieces from the finest contemporary jewelers. Juried by award-winning designer Alan Revere, the earrings range from the classic to the avant-garde, and come from an international array of artists, including Cynthia Eid, Rachelle Thiewes, and Jeff and Susan Wise. Their materials include not only traditional gold, sterling silver, copper, and wire, but also more unusual items such as glass, plastic, porcelain, and paper. The earrings are forged, soldered, chased, and cast, with surface embellishments that run the gamut from enamel and metal foils to patinas and inlay. Expert jewelers, students, artists, and everyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship will enjoy this collection.
500 Bracelets: An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs (Lark Jewelry Book)
Издательство: Lark Books
ISBN 1579904807; 2005 г.
Never before has such a diverse collection of fine contemporary bracelets been assembled, showcasing hundreds of renowned international jewelers. Materials range from the most precious metals and gems to paper and plastic, and the varied techniques include forging, casting, weaving, and and surface embellishments. Among the featured creators: Abrasha, who contributes a Royal Pachinko Ball Bracelet; Sharon Portelance, who called her work Wrist Corsage: Ever Present; and Felieke Van Der Leest's amusingly named Hare O'Harix and His 6 Carrots. Whether you're an expert jeweler, a collector, a student, or simply someone who loves beautiful objects, these one-of-kind pieces will astound you.
Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World
Автор: Charlotte Gere, Judy Rudoe
Издательство: British Museum Press
ISBN 978-0714128191, 0714128198; 2010 г.
This book rewrites the history of jewellery in the age of Victoria. The 'age of Victoria' is taken in its widest sense to encompass jewellery made throughout Europe and America, displayed at the great international exhibitions and distributed through foreign trade, illustrated publications and a burgeoning tourist industry. Throughout, links with other disciplines will provide both the specialist and the non-specialist with the information to understand how jewellery permeated all walks and conditions of life in the 19th century.
The focus of the book is on the attitudes of owners to their jewellery and the symbolic weight that it was expected to carry. Rather than concentrating on the major figures at the top end of the jewellery trade, or indeed offering a chronological survey of the development of jewellery styles and fashions, it is oriented towards the social aspects of owning, wearing and displaying jewellery. The authors show, for example, how novelists use jewellery to add a moral or metaphorical dimension to a character, while jewels depicted in portraits would often have disclosed multiple messages which could be immediately decoded by the viewer. The achievements of science, the fascination with nature and the Victorian sense of humour are all embodied in jewellery. Topics discussed in depth include the importance of jewellery in the life of the Queen herself, jewellery and dress, the language of jewellery, the cult of novelty, the importance of nationalism in the revival of historical styles, and the contribution of archaeological discoveries.
The volume is sumptuously illustrated with contemporary reportage, photographs and portraits as well as examples of jewellery from the British Museum and other collections.
Masterpieces of European Jewellery from the 16th to 19th Centuries in the Hermitage Collection
Автор: Ольга Костюк
Переводчик David Hicks
Языки: Английский, Русский
Издательство: Государственный Эрмитаж
ISBN 978-5-93572-367-5; 2010 г.
The present art book features the Hermitage Museum collection of European and Russian jewellery dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries. All in all, it covers one hundred objects selected from the many thousands made of precious metals and stones and housed in the Hermitage nowadays.
The core of the Hermitage collection was formed by the Imperial Treasure Gallery which would hold pieces of jewellery fashioned by the very best European artists and craftsmen. Some of them were produced on commissions of the Imperial family members, others donated as diplomatic gifts. The gallery used to have not only most expensive objects but also most valuable and rare ones from the artistic point of view. So today the Hermitage boasts not only jewellery notable for the quantity of gold and precious stones used in it as well as the earliest objects made of platinum but also best specimens distinguished by unsurpassed artistic craftsmanship.
This art book introduces the reader into the world of jewellery masterpieces, the collecting of which has always been considered a matter of prestige and even pride.
1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand (Lark Jewelry Book)
Автор: Marthe Le Van, Robert W. Ebendorf
Издательство: Lark Books
ISBN 1579905080; 2004 г.
Diverse, extensive, and incredibly beautiful, this awe-inspiring collection features the most magnificent rings ever. With designs that range from the traditional to the very avant-garde, each of the 1,000 examples is an exceptional work of art, finely crafted by the best contemporary jewelers. Rob Jackson mixes antique industrial elements (a 100-year-old wrought iron nail) with radiant 20-karat gold and a glowing ruby for a dynamic visual contrast. Tomomi Arat’s collection, Treasure from Under the Sea, captures the exoticism of ocean life: he uses pearls, enamel, and sand to create rings that look as if they were chiseled directly out of a coral reef. Among the prestigious artisans represented: Arline M. Fisch, Michael Zobel, Katja Prins, Paul Preston, and Bruce Metcalf.
Jewelry: Concepts And Technology
Автор: Oppi Untracht
ISBN 0385041853; 1982 г.
The definitive reference for jewelry makers of all levels of ability--a complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewelry-making throughout history.
Amber: Tears of the Gods
Автор: Neil Clark
ISBN 1906716161; 2010 г.
Once a treasure more valuable than gold, amber has had a fascinating and turbulent history, a history that shaped the economies of the Baltic States. The mysterious qualities of Amber have caused it to be collected, treasured and admired since ancient times. Over thousands of years, many interesting theories have been advanced as to amber's origin and nature but, for all its varieties, colours and forms, every piece of amber originated as tree resin, fossilised over millions of years. Amber - Tears of the Gods is an extremely enjoyable introduction to this extraordinary substance, explaining exactly what amber is and where it came from. Neil Clark delves into the myths and legends which have contributed to the folklore of amber and takes the reader on a historical journey across the trade routes of Europe. He enlightens us to amber's many intriguing uses and ends by telling us of amber's surprising significance to modern science. A beautifully illustrated and constructed survey, Amber - Tears of the Gods encompasses ancient 40 million year old forests; the palaces of European royal families; the strange and superstitious practices of the Scottish Highlands and the modern palaeontologist discovering insects new to science. Neil Clark's book is written for collectors, scientists and those simply wishing to better understand and appreciate the wonderful artefacts and curiosities that have been created from the 'tears of the gods'.