Meilach, the author of 85 previous books, succinctly describes art jewelry as "a one-of-a-kind piece made in a studio by an artist who expresses an idea through his original design." This book explores a range of pieces and the ideas, techniques, and motivations that went into their creation. The book represents almost 200 artists from 14 different countries, from Japan to the United States. Meilach often uses photographs of native or ethnic celebrations worldwide to introduce the chapters, which are organized by themes such as the influence of organic materials, other cultures, the use of gold, and found objects (e.g., ear plugs, plastic bags). Techniques such as repouss , granulation, enameling, and fabrication are discussed and illustrated, and essays consider how a piece of jewelry comes into being and what lies beneath its surface. Beautiful color photographs grace this book, which is highly recommended for public libraries, special libraries, and collectors.-Karen MacMurray, Cape Coral P.L., FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.