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Ice Cold Is HOT

Vikki Tobak, Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History. Cologne: Taschen, 2022. This book is an excellent example of how jewelry and identity go hand in hand A related show, Ice Cold: An Exhibition Of Hip-Hop Jewelry, guest-curated by the book’s author, opened last week at the American Museum of Natural History, in NYC It’s striking […]

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Jewels That Resist

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is an important voice in the postcolonial debate Her latest research work is interwoven with her personal history, much of it having to do with jewelry after she discovered that part of her identity had been hidden from her The book underscores that identity can be forcibly simplified, officially obliterated. The things

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Quirky, Playful, and Humorous

The book North By Northwest is engaging, informative, and very ably researched, with a lively graphic design Its large format is well-suited to presenting Laurie Hall’s work, which often consists of big narrative neckpieces with many components The authors present individual pieces with relevant backstories, personal circumstances, and useful explanations about social and historical references

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Esther Brinkmann, Bell

Esther Brinkmann

Elizabeth Fischer, Ward Schrijver, Philippe Solms, and Fabienne X. Sturm, Esther Brinkmann. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2022. The essays, in English, have French translations at the end of the book Rings are key in Brinkmann’s oeuvre, so they have a separate chapter. They’re printed so large they resemble bowls, pots, or vases. In fact, Brinkmann

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Cold Sweat Suor Frio: 1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial

Food for the Soul: Thoughts on Jewelry in Pandemic Times

Cristina Filipe, ed. Cold Sweat Suor Frio: 1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial. Lisbon: PIN – Associação Portuguesa de Joalharia Contemporânea/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa – Museu de São Roque/Câmara Municipal Lisboa, MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, Coleção Francisco Capelo/Universidade Católica Portuguesa, School of Arts, CITAR- Research Centre for Science and Technology

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Kairos, Serendipity, and Balance

Susanne Altmann, Patti Bleicher, Karl Bollmann, and Olga Zobel Biró, Margit Jäschke: Kairos (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2022). Kairos, a bilingual publication (in German and English), was published in 2022. It marked the occasion of four monographic exhibitions celebrating the work of visual artist and jewelry designer Margit Jäschke (1962). The Grassimuseum and Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim,

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A Life Story in Jewelry

The Jewellery Box chronicles Jorunn Veiteberg’s jewelry collection. Our reviewer calls it one of the best books about jewelry ever. Life-sized photos of the pieces—presented in order of purchase—appear almost from the start. Refreshing! Veiteberg examines her motivation to collect, shining a light on this human urge The author quotes from her diaries and talks about

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The Power of the Narrative in the 2020s

Museum of Arts and Design. Jewelry Stories: Highlights from the Collection 1947–2019. Edited by Barbara Paris Gifford. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2021. Published in conjunction with the exhibition 45 Stories in Jewelry, Jewelry Stories: Highlights from the Collection 1947–2019 offers a visual as well as literary feast. It celebrates the art jewelry collection of New York’s Museum

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A Universe in a Book

Manfred Bischoff: Ding Dong, Rike Bartels, ed., with contributions by Cornelie Holzach, Liesbeth den Besten, Matthew Drutt, Helen W. Drutt English, and Karl Bollmann, book design by Gabi Veit (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2021). Even for those of us who love and are surrounded by books, every once in a while there will be one that comes

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What’s in a Word

350 Words for Jewellery isn’t the kind of a book you’d bring on vacation. Instead, jewelry designer and researcher Barbara Schmidt’s deliberate prose leads the reader on an intellectually stimulating journey that roams broadly through the expansive world of jewelry.[i] Referencing 75 different languages, Schmidt follows the deep connection of jewelry to all aspects of

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Things Fall Apart

Réka Fekete, A Dance of Light and Shadow, self-published, 2021. Réka Fekete doesn’t have much time left. There is a time in our lives when things fall apart and we feel unable to control the slow collapse. It happens to all of us. Réka doesn’t want to have a recurring cancer at age 39. She

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