The Art of Jewelry
From Idea to Reality
review by Andrea Guyot Twombly
extraordinary book, like a beautifully crafted piece of jewelry, offers
much more than meets the eye. At first glance I thought, "Oh, good
– lots of nice photos and short paragraphs of text will be easy to
read". Certainly this is true, but as the reader delves into it, the
book reveals itself as a scholarly work, perhaps even a text book for
college level art and jewelry making students.
The author, Elizabeth Olver, an accomplished
jeweler and educator, it seems, assumes the reader holds a basic aptitude
for drawing, writing, hand skills, jewelry mechanics, and materials
characteristics. These skills are not possessed of this reviewer, but an
appreciation for those who do have them grew easily as she perused the
detailed notes on each facet of design, presented in clear, concise
The casual reader is welcomed with a visual feast
of photos, sketches, and pages from design journals.
Including a brief glossary, a design check list,
even help with developing a design philosophy, Ms. Olver has added a
tremendous work to the world of jewelry books. It is a celebration of
discipline that can be applied to any craft or project.