Inspiring and comprehensive guide showcasing the work of 70 top bead jewelry designers. 185 dazzling color photographs by former National Geographic Editor in Chief, William L. Allen. Author Penelope Diamanti weaves the fascinating history of beads together with her own and other designers’ insights and experiences. Seven chapters organize the work by materials and cultural influences. The Gemstones Chapter features magnificent jewelry made of semi-precious stone beads while shedding light on the wealth of symbolism they convey. The bead jewelry renaissance of the 1970s produced adornment inspired by the vitality of African ornamentation and beads, and the Africa Chapter presents some astounding works of art. The Asia Chapter radiates the energy of vibrant and diverse jewelry traditions of China, Nepal, Tibet, India, Thailand, and Central Asia. Nature highlights the freshness and appeal of necklaces created with organic materials: wood, seeds, bone, horn, shells, coral, pearls, etc. Fiber and Metal respectively explore new twists in texture and structure demonstrating that beaded jewelry design, while rooted in tradition, is passionately alive. Contempo serves up a visual feast of wearable art created with Contemporary American Art Glass, space age dichroic glass, and an ecclectic mix of found objects. This practical resource for artists, designers, historians, and collectors would make an excellent gift. A team with many years experience at National Geographic produced this beautifully designed volume with high quality printing and binding. 9 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches. Includes Index and Bibliography.
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