Marthe Le Van is a Senior Content Editor for Lark Jewelry & Beading. She has written, edited, juried or curated more than 40 jewellery books since 2000. Juror Bruce Metcalf was a contributing editor to Metalsmith magazine for nearly two decades and taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
"Need bling? Serious bling? Original bling? Finger bling? In
Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry, Lark
Books--doing what it does best--offers the debut title in their
redesigned Showcase 500 series. And what an offering it is!
From the medieval-inspired simplicity of Aliki Apoussidou's
hot-forged Siegelring Rund to Kristin Diener's aptly named Ring
Form: Contraption (truly, a party on your hand), juror Bruce
Metcalf and editor Marthe Le Van have selected an eye-catching
collection of jewelry from classic to quirky. My personal favorites
ran the gamut. Would I wear Julie Lynn Romanenko's untitled elegant
diamond and 14-karat gold set? Absolutely! Could I see myself
wearing the polymer-clay fantasy that is Jeffrey Lloyd Dever's
Convergence? The artful sprite in me is screaming 'Sure, you can!'
This book lives up to the Lark Books' tradition. It's a jewelry
store between two covers." --Diana Mains Welte "Love jewelry? While
few of these rings might be actually worn, they are highly creative
and inspiring to view. The uniqueness of the rings lies in design,
concept, techniques and materials. While some jewelers use gold,
precious metals and stones, others use everyday items like paper,
hook-and-loop tape and synthetic rubber insulation tubing.
Techniques are also diverse, including carving and photo etching to
hot forging and welding. This is another of the terrific books in
the 500 series. Well worth buying and loving." --Nancy G.