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Crystal Jewelry Inspiration
From the Create Your Style Ambassadors
Karin Van Voorhees, Compiler

Kalmbach Books
January 29, 2013 / ISBN 978-0871167019
How To / Crafts & Hobbies / Jewelry 

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Crystal Jewelry Inspiration is an outstanding compilation of 30 innovative designs by some of the greatest jewelry designers today. Though each design is unique and the artists use various techniques to arrive at the final product, they share the incorporation of Swarovski elements in each product. The designs are visually stunning, with beautiful full page photographs that show the final product to perfection. A list of materials required, step-by-step clear instructions and respective photographs for each design is included as well. A brief summary of various methods includes metal and epoxy clay, gold filled and sterling wire, wool and metal sheet, to name a few. The variety of supplies is a small indication of the creativity of these great artists. 

I love all the designs, but a few inspired me to try something new. “Audrey’s Torsade,” designed by Linda Hartung, incorporates Swarovski pearls and amethyst, purple, opal, gold and pearl colored beads in multiple strands which provides a visually stunning necklace that changes as you twist the strands. I've always wanted to try beading, and Diane Fitzgerald’s “Stepping Stones” bracelet, incorporating an African Circle Stitch, had me shopping to buy the materials I need to start. And that’s only the beginning. 

What I enjoyed most, outside of getting some wonderful ideas for my own jewelry projects, are the personal interviews with each artist. These provide insight into their inspirations and why they use the techniques, methods and materials they do. The book is 12” x 9” and printed on the highest quality paper. In addition to being a great reference and source of ideas leading to new paths in designing jewelry, Crystal Jewelry Inspiration is a beautiful addition to my coffee table. I often spy guests browsing through the photos to find their favorites.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.

Reviewed 2013