Rings are the great markers of time, celebrating poignant moments in our lives: love and marriage; rites of passage, such as graduations, bar mitzvahs and retirement; bonds of friendship. We dress our digits in high style, embellishing our most expressive and dynamic body part, the hands, for the whole world to see. A stunning ring is often the first thing someone notices about us. It’s not surprising the ring stars in the superb coffee-table-style book "1,000 Rings, Inspiring Ornaments for the Hand," edited by Marthe Le Van. "1,000 Rings" displays 1,000 rings in lavish photos accompanied by descriptive text. Artists share personal stories of their creative process throughout the book. While some rings are awe-inspiring, others' fun and funky, all are exceptional works of art created by the best contemporary jewelers, vividly representing the artists’ relationship to their craft. Showcasing compelling rings from traditional to extremely avant-garde, “1,000 Rings” showcases jewelry of mind boggling visual and textural contrast that employs a myriad of diverse materials and fabrication methods: precious metals; base metals; precious metal clay, porcelain, Brazilian rosewood, pumice, brush bristles, feathers, Tagua nut, shells, plastic, sand and even meteorites. Classic precious and semi-precious gems, such as diamonds and pearls, are also represented. Big, bold, colorful, gutsy, strange and sublime, here are 1,000 rings that make a powerful and dramatic statement. Artist Michael Zobel comments, "Through the connection of precious metals, stones and unconventional materials, I create unique objects, which make the extraordinary wearable." Artist Reina Mia Brill gives us, "Giddy Up," a double ring of such surprising exuberance and joy that it gleefully jumps off the page with life. Brightly-colored, coated copper wire is hand knit into this playful animated piece. "Cosmic Connection," by Joe Reyes Apodaca, is a luscious 14-karat gold sculpture featuring Australian opal, diamond brilliant and meteorite. Tamara Clark's "Starry Galaxy" features a sterling silver platform dotted with 18-karat gold balls and a sparkling star sapphire, all hand-forged and hammered into an astronomer's dream. Functional jewelry or outrageous art, Ellen Cheeks' "Back to Basics" is a wide silver and gold finger-cuff with a 9B drawing pencil attached – handy for jotting down notes! For pet lovers, or perhaps for those who would like something furry that doesn't require feeding or walking, Heather White's "Circle Ring - Pet" features a white puff of fur set into a gold and sterling silver ring. "Dog's Faith" by Becky van den Brink is a sculpture of a dog wearing a leash and collar sitting obediently on a finger. One of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces is Seo Yoon Choi's "Desire” fashioned in sterling silver and stainless steel, encircled by a glorious arc of soft, white feathers. Jaclyn Davidson's "Zebra Ring" is a gorgeous 18-karat gold and black enamel zebra head; its neck gracefully curled into a ring. Lee Carper's "Vortex Ring" is stunning in 14-karat yellow gold with Tahitian pearls. Ungluing Woo's, "Something Sweet," is a die-formed chunk of gleaming silver etched and fabricated to look like a delicious chocolate -- presented in a sterling chocolate box inset with a 18-karat gold chocolate cup. Impressive in its brilliant concept and attractive presentation, "1,000 Rings" opens with a thoughtful introduction by Robert W. Ebendorf, the Carol Brotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art at East Carolina University. Professor Ebendorf juried this incredible ring collection and his passionate appreciation of art is palpable. Unlike many over-sized coffee-table books, "1,000 Rings" is a relatively small, soft-covered tablet, only 8-inches-square and 1-1/2-inches thick. Its dull, matte-black cover comes alive with a photo of Patty L. Cokus' "Articulated Frusta: Ring #1," an exquisite, brushed-gold creation reminiscent of a soft ice cream cone with a swirl on top. A hard cover would have been a nice finishing touch for this book, giving it a longer browsing life and a weightier feel; nevertheless, “1,000 Rings” deserves a special place in your fine art library. Firmly anchored in the philosophy that jewelry is art, "1,000 Rings" celebrates rings as the most important piece of wearable art. Rings are, after all, miniature sculptures, compact platforms on which ring-makers display their art. Ultimately, this book is a grand celebration of creativity. It would make a wonderful gift for any ring enthusiast, jewelry lover, jewelry designer and anyone who collects books about contemporary art. All Rights Reserved Copyright 2008 Susan Dorling Go to Top of Page
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The timeless appeal of the horseshoe in jewelry design is due as much to it being a symbol of good fortune as it is a perfectly symmetrical, unifying focal element. Whether embellished with crystals, hammered for rich texture or punched with holes to hang gemstone bead drops, horseshoe necklaces are a sophisticated staple in every fashionistas' jewelry wardrobe. The power of the horseshoe as a talisman or amulet to project positive energy and protect the wearer is thought to be gently held within its graceful, yet strong upward curves. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_12142382_diy-horseshoe-necklace.html#ixzz2iOU0627h
Crystal beads impart an enchanting sparkle to jewelry and make otherwise simple earring designs come brilliantly alive. The magic of crystal beads lies in its facets, the multiple, intricate, light-reflecting cuts that define the surface of the glass. Because earrings are in constant motion as they dangle and dance alongside your face, they are the perfect showcase for crystals. From the basic stick-style or pendant earring to the elaborate chainmaille chandelier, all earring designs are enhanced by the addition of crystal beads. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_12141845_ideas-earrings-crystal-beads.html
We immediately recognize the distinctive, signature style of designers and jewelry companies whose jewelry designs reveal their appreciation of women. Their savvy sense of what kind of jewelry fashionable women want to wear is the key to their success. The subtle curve of an earring, intriguing drape of a necklace, knockout sparkle on a ring all tell a story, and it’s a global one that strikes a chord in women who love jewelry. What makes these designs so extraordinary? Is it the impeccable attention to detail, premium quality and color of the materials used or a built-in radar for what makes women look and feel beautiful? It’s all these things and much more. Jewelry with trademark- style has an almost magical, indefinable quality you can’t quite put your finger on, you just know you love it. Those who have managed to get a foothold and stay on top of the fiercely competitive global jewelry market are inevitably those who know how to make jewelry that strikes that chord, and they offer fresh exciting designs year after year. The Hollywood Collection is one such jewelry company. They design and manufacture the bold, dramatic and glamorous jewelry that is so popular today. The brainchild of Elliot Abbott, a Hollywood producer, The Hollywood Collection was born nearly 20 years ago, sparked by a unique and exciting idea. The Hollywood Collection features original reproductions of cinematic jewels from legendary films of the 1940s and 1950s, offering a unique selection of perennially fashionable jewelry at prices that won’t break the bank. Following are just a few of the glamourous jewelry pieces available at The Hollywood Collection. Who can forget Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca and the exquisite jewelry she wore in the film, it seems forever etched in the memory of jewelry aficionados as much as the romantic storyline itself. Bergman’s Casablanca "Rose-Cut Pink Diamond Ring" and "Farewell Diamond Bracelet" epitomize the elegance of the times and pay tribute to this truly amazing star. Remember her in "Saratoga Trunk"? If so, you will recall the dazzling sapphire and diamond starburst ring she wore. The Hollywood Collection captures the look perfectly with "Saratoga Sapphire Ring". Many more pieces in the Bergman collection have been inspired by the films, "Gaslight", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Anastasia" and "Murder on the Orient Express." There is also a reproduction of the aquamarine and diamond ring she wore at the Academy Awards ceremony when she accepted one of her many Oscars, named "Bergman’s Aquamarine Award Ring." What would "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "Some Like it Hot", "Asphalt Jungle", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "All About Eve", "Ladies of the Chorus", "Bus Stop" and the "Misfits" be without the enigmatic presence of Marilyn Monroe. A Hollywood treasure in life, an enduring legend since her untimely death nearly 50 years ago, Marilyn reputedly loved costume fashion jewelry and would have adored these recreations of the jewelry she wore in movies and publicity shots. The Hollywood Collection features pieces in the Marilyn Monroe collection such as "Diamond Moment Ring", "Sapphire Stunner Ring", "Victorian Bracelet", and more that will inevitably keep Marilyn’s glamorous legend alive forever. Lana Turner remains an iconic movie star of yesteryear whose dramatic and passionate life onscreen and off still intrigues us. She was married a monumental seven times! The Hollywood Collection pays tribute to this sensational actress and glamour girl who starred in such films as "Ziegfeld Girls", "Johnny Eager", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"and "Honky Tonk". Her collection features, "Purple Passion Ring", "Cognac Heart Ring", "Sapphire Tears Earrings", "Fiery Ruby Ring" and much more. Visit The Hollywood Collection