The Art of Jewelry Design
Reviewed by Greer Gilchrist
The views, talents, and techniques of twenty experienced and successful
artists complete this practical and educational book on the detail that
exists behind beautiful pieces of jewelry. Krupenia takes the audience on a
virtual journey with a colorful spread that highlights the artists work.
With a straight-forward yet gentle voice she helps relay the stories of how
jewelry is made, where inspiration can come from, and the importance of
materials. The Art of Jewelry Design goes beyond pleasing images of simple
jewelry, it is a close look at the spiritual side of jewelry making and the
appreciation one must have for the natural elements of their materials.
The Art of Jewelry
Design is organized through five different chapters, each one introducing a
material. It begins with the most glamorous one of all, gold. In terms of
creating gold jewelry designs the artists must realize the powerful image
that gold natural holds on its own. The design must emulate this image and
not take too much away from it. The beauty is in enhancing the natural form
of gold. The spread of pictures presented in this chapter represents
various examples of stunning gold jewelry, showing the readers the detail
of different sizes, textures, and designs.
The jewelry seems to take on a very natural form and in some cases is combined with other metals such
as silver and copper. This combination of material is something that is
revealed in all the chapters.
As a natural pair to gold, silver follows in the next chapter. Similar
gold, silver also holds its own beauty in its purest form. However, unlike
gold, which takes on a luxurious reputation and image, silver compares to a
more industrial nature. The artists describing their technique and designs
with silver felt that it was a very simple metal to work with. The purpose
was to bring beauty to the industrial image it retains. The visual spread
of examples revealed the elegantly demure forms of their designs. The
artists played into the industrial nature with simple shapes of curves and
coils; the delicacy of these shapes helped to reflect the beauty. The following chapter escaped the world of silver and
gold. Stepping beyond the basic beauty of the metals themselves the artists
in this chapter represented color. They exaggerated their jewelry with rich
colors and creative personalities. These designs, while still elegant, revealed the fun side of jewelry. The artists still worked with
metals, yet they took it a step further by enlivening the metal into rich
pinks, deep purples, and bright yellows. The artists were able to create
strong and exciting designs through the metals they worked with. By adding
color they delved into a new genre of shapes and color wheels.
Alternative metals held the fourth chapter. Paper jewelry, stainless steel, brass, acrylic, rubber, mica, and aluminum
were some of the materials artists of the “alternative metals” chose to
work with. This variety in materials allows a collage of jewelry shapes,
sizes, forms, and designs. The artists embraced collaboration as they mixed
different forms together and created beautiful jewelry. Although some of
the materials may seem too frail or too industrial, each artist supported
their designs with the right amount of strength combined with the right
amount of delicacy. The pages of artwork for this chapter revealed unique
and ornamental jewelry that is vibrant, > creative, and full of life.
The concluding chapter showcases artists who created their art through the inspiration of organic forms. There are ideas
drawn from leaves, flowers, insects, body parts, animals, children, fish,
and mythical creations. For the most part the jewelry is created from
elements of gold, silver, and stone. The enticing aspect about this form of
jewelry is that the artists created an illusion of life through their
designs. The silvers leaves on one design were so billowy and natural that
they are believable. As with the designs of silver and gold the simple
beauty of nature is only slightly enhanced by the artists as to not lose
the natural beauty.
With the conclusion of the book the audience has traveled through five
chapters filled with jewelry and inspiration. In this brief education any
reader can hope to have learned the spirituality behind jewelry, the
understanding of the importance of materials, and the insight of successful
artists. Krupenia does an excellent job relaying the voices of her
highlighted artists and their talents.
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