Martha Le Van
review by Therese Martin
Lark Books 2004
| 420 pages
|1000 Rings, Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, is a beefy
little pictorial book giving the reader a taste of the glorious, splendid and
most unusual rings that have been created today.
Through thousands of
photographic entries sent in, the judge, Robert Ebendorf, must have had a very
hard decision to make. These thousand rings are brought to the reader through
close up photographs, descriptions of materials used and what process was done
to achieve it.
The title of the pieces also gives the reader a look into what
the artist may have been imagining when designing their rings. Some of the rings
come with a little narrative about the artist work shown, adding yet another
glance into the creators craftsmanship. Some of the rings in this book are
titled “art jewelry”, not necessarily to be worn, but never the less most
beautiful and thought provoking.
As you could guess, there are one thousand
photographs included in this wonderful little book, bring rings of all types to
life. The last photograph on page 416 is of a ring on the ground in moss, by
Christina Filipe, making you will want to play in the dirt again.
on the same theme are, 500 brooches, 500 bracelets, 500 pendants and lockets,
500 wedding rings, 500 earrings and 500 necklaces. These books are for all our
jewelry wonderment and fascination with adornment.