“500 Silver Jewelry Designs” Book Review

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal
by Marthe Le Van, Talya Baharal
Robyn Hawk’s review

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal (500 Series)is, as the title reveals, one of Lark’s “500 Series”. I don’t know about you but these books have helped me through many a design drought…

The Lark “500 Series” if you aren’t already aware of them, are brilliantly curated books that showcase some of the most incredible artisans in the field. Each bares the unique viewpoint of the person that juries the work in it along with the editing genius of Marthe LeVan. The juror in this issue is Israel born, Talya Baharal – who, like so many took her first Jewelry Design class at the 92nd Street “Y” in NYC. Known for her sculptural style Talya is, for the most part self-taught and has had exhibits throughout the country and was written up in Metalsmith magazine.

These will be the books that will service as a reference library for appraisers decades down the road — they are the only thorough look at Art Jewelry in the 20th & 21st Centuries.

This particular edition is great in that it encompasses all forms of design as long as the piece is silver…and the range is amazing!

From the subtle sexy movement of Loretta Tryon’s “Satin Curve Cuff” chosen for the Title Page with her feature on page 415 to the insanely intricate work of Vina Rust, whose work is featured twice…pg. 46 “Eastern Cottonwood Defense” and pg. 181 “Stained Cell Series: Equisetum Bracelet”.

With this addition to the 500 Series Lark once again provides maximum color photos of amazing jewelry at a very economic price – these books run around the $25 – 30 price point. Worth EVERY penny!