I do not enjoy writing reviews that are not complimentary, however this is one of those books that people need to fully understand before spending their hard earned dollars.
Firstly, this is not a project based book, it is literally about three hundred pages of photos of work that is not new or that inspiring. The ideas and designs have been done to death in a huge range of books previously. The photos in many instances are not of a good standard etiher. Colour washed out, out of focus, bad background colour choices rendering the image insipid etc.
I have been a long time collector of the 500 series by Lark in Jewellery and now their wonderful "Master's" Series. These books have such stunning work and beautiful photography - again like this one, for inspiration only, no projects. I suspect I was lulled into a false sense of security when I saw 1,000 - thinking this would be on par. It's not.
If you are into general stringing beads together, or do wire work, predominatley using commercial findings, or you are an absolute novice to jewelry making at a craft level you possibly will be happy with this book. There are some pieces using Polymer or Beadweaving, but again, nothing that stands out as different or new. If on the other hand you have been doing any sort of higher end jewellery work, metalsmithing etc, I would think twice before buying.
There were possibly 20-30 pieces that I thought were interesting and had a unique style about them, the rest I could pick up any beading magazine and find en masse. I would make the point though that the work itself is of generally high quality for what it is and the artists are to be commended for this. The problem lies with a book that states it is an "inspiration" book which is in my opinion, not delivering.
I was very disappointed, and if it was easy to return books from here I would do so. As reviews are very subjective, my advice is to try to have a look inside before purchasing to make sure this is what you think it is. The title promises a lot but fails to deliver ( for me ).