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Professional Jewelry Making: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques
By Alan Revere

Brynmorgen Press
Hardcover (360 pages)

Professional Jewelry Making: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques
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When master goldsmith Alan Revere published Professional Goldsmithing in 1991, he brought traditional European trade education to the US for the first time, adapting it for an American audience. The book was a best seller and quickly became a standard text in the field. To mark the 2oth anniversary of this groundbreaking work, Revere and Brynmorgen Press offer a revised and expanded edition that includes new projects, scores of new photos, and a handsome new layout. What hasn t changed is the precise instruction that makes this edition a fitting testament to its predecessor.
7000 Years of Jewelry
Firefly Books
Paperback (256 pages)

7000 Years of Jewelry
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The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry.

The previous edition of this exhaustive survey was published to critical acclaim by the British Museum Press. Since publication, the museum has expanded its collection, with major acquisitions of pieces from Europe and Asia. The new edition includes a complete revision of the section on Europe after 1700, plus revisions to the sections on Celtic Europe, Roman Britain, cameos and finger rings.

The book explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs.

7000 Years of Jewelry takes readers on an impressive tour that includes, among other times and places:

  • The Middle East: 5000-2000 BC
  • Egypt: 1500-900 BC
  • Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Persian Lands: 850-325 BC
  • China, Celtic Europe, Mexico and Peru: 600 BC-AD 600
  • The Mediterranean, India, Egypt, Roman Britain and Byzantium: 325 BC-AD 600
  • Europe, China, Korea and Japan: 300-1000
  • Mayan Central America: 600-1000
  • Central and South America: 500-1500
  • Europe, Islam, China, Korea and Java: 1000-1500
  • China, India, Tibet and Mongolia: 1500-1850
  • West Africa: 1500-1800
  • Europe: 1500-1950.

More comprehensive than before, this reference remains the finest and most beautifully illustrated history of jewelry ever published.

The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner's Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers
By Jinks McGrath

McGrath, Jinks
Paperback (144 pages)

The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner s Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers
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This comprehensive and heavily illustrated manual teaches the craft of jewelry making to students looking to create professional quality items. The author covers every step of the process, from creating original design concepts to fashioning professionally finished pieces of jewelry. She lists all required tools and equipment, explains their uses, advises on safe working practices, and then guides her readers through every stage of the jewelry making process in a series of carefully structured tutorials. Students will learn--

  • How to start with an original idea, translate it into a workable design, and then use the design as a pattern to make beautiful wearable jewelry
  • How to work with precious and semiprecious stones, metals, glass, plastic, resin, and wood
  • How to present and sell one's creations to dealers and wholesalers

    Clear, full-color, step-by-step photos demonstrate the methods of fashioning metals by heating, hammering, casting, soldering, riveting, polishing, finishing, and adding surface decoration. At-a-glance panels explain how to apply the right techniques when working in specific metals, as well as ideas for experimenting with inexpensive substitutes before advancing to precious materials. Here's the perfect book for transforming hobbyists into true professionals. It will also serve as a useful textbook for those conducting organized courses in jewelry design. Color photos on every page.
  • How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line: Design - Production - Finance - Marketing & More
    By Emilie Shapiro

    Lark Crafts
    Hardcover (192 pages)

    How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line: Design - Production - Finance - Marketing & More
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    To develop a successful jewelry line, designers have to be more than just creative artists—they have to understand the ins and outs of running a crafts business. Emilie Shapiro’s detailed guide explores the many facets of creating a quality handmade collection that people will buy, including where to sell your work, how to do small-scale production, how to carry out market research and publicity, how to price and present your pieces for greatest effect, and so much more. It’s the perfect primer for budding jewelry entrepreneurs.
    The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
    By Anastasia Young

    Young, Anastasia
    Hardcover (320 pages)

    The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
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    • Interweave Press
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    This comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for jewelers brings together a vast range of skills, techniques, and technical data into one volume. Offering detailed explanations and step-by-step photography to demonstrate procedures, this handbook includes a complete reference section featuring tool shapes, an index of gems, a glossary, standard sizes and measurements, conversion tables, and an extensive list of resources. Additionally, the manual offers a directory of tools and materials--including a key to identifying tools for a "beginner's kit"--a historical introduction to jewelry, and suggestions for photographing and promoting completed pieces. Remarkable cutting-edge pieces by jewelry makers and designers from around the world are used to illustrate the various processes involved in creating exceptional jewelry. Covering everything from traditional metalsmithing skills and using alternative materials, such as plastics and resin, to discussing issues involved with outsourcing work to specialist external suppliers, this is an indispensable and essential resource for both students and professionals.

    Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
    By Susanne Gänsicke

    J. Paul Getty Museum
    Released: 2019-06-18
    Paperback (132 pages)

    Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
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    What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind.
     
    This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.
     
    Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques: Tools and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Fashionable Jewelry (Fox Chapel Publishing) 30 Expert Wire-Wrapping Techniques Step-by-Step, plus 8 Stylish Projects
    By Lora S. Irish

    Design Originals
    Released: 2018-09-10
    Paperback (176 pages)

    Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques: Tools and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Fashionable Jewelry (Fox Chapel Publishing) 30 Expert Wire-Wrapping Techniques Step-by-Step, plus 8 Stylish Projects
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    This comprehensive guide to wire-wrapping jewelry covers all the techniques beginners need to know!

    • 30 expert wire wrapping techniques step-by-step, including simple loops, cluster wrap, adding beads to wrapping wire, adding a coil element, wrapping sequential layers, and more
    • 8 stylish DIY projects for statement jewelry like necklaces, pendants, hairpins, and earrings
    • Comprehensive guide includes step-by-step instructions, lists of materials and tools needed, and helpful tips and tricks
    • Beginner-friendly for anyone who is new to wire wrapping or just wants to brush up on techniques

    Wire wrapping is a quick and easy technique that will take your jewelry craft to the next level. A little wire, a few simple tools, and some brightly colored beads are all you need to start creating your own intriguing fashion statements! By adding new wires to basic links, you can alter simple shapes into complex and fascinating focal designs.

    Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques teaches 30 expert wire wrapping methods for jewelry wire, such as forming bent-wire links, working a wrapping pattern, wrapping sequential layers, embellishing decorative loops, adding coil elements, and much more. This comprehensive guide to wire wrap jewelry includes 8 step-by-step projects for stunning necklaces, pendants, hairpins, and earrings.

    Internationally recognized craft author and instructor Lora S. Irish shows you how to use a handful of tools and materials to produce fun and elegant pieces simply by learning the basic steps. Achieve that bold designer look without breaking the bank!

    In Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques, you'll learn how to:

    • Add texture using tightly packed wire‑wrapped coils
    • Add a grunge look using random, loosely packed twists and turns
    • Add bead clusters anywhere on a bent‑wire link
    • Secure free-floating arms and anchor open hoops
    • Experiment with added coils and beaded wires
    • Create intricate woven patterns with wire
    • Create connecting loops to add side chains and earring hooks
    • And much more!

    This handy jewelry guide from the legendary Lora Irish will have even beginners creating eye candy jewelry that's runway ready!

    "It may take practice to get as good as Irish... but it will surely be worth it"
    BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

    "[Lora] takes you through the basics... and then sets you on the path to designing your own pieces right away so you can free your inner jewelry artist"
    —CRAFT GOSSIP

    "If you are interested in designing jewelry using wire‑wrapping techniques, then [Lora Irish's book] is a must"
    —NIGHTOWLREVIEWS.COM

    Jewelry: The Body Transformed
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Released: 2018-11-12
    Hardcover (280 pages)

    Jewelry: The Body Transformed
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    A cross-cultural examination of jewelry spanning 5,000 years that investigates not only the objects themselves but also the bodies they decorated

    As an art form, jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body—extending it, amplifying it, accentuating it, distorting it, concealing it, or transforming it. But how is the meaning of jewelry bound to the body that wears it?
     
    Establishing six different modes of ornamenting the body—Deconstructed, Divine, Regal, Idealized, Alluring, and Resplendent—this artfully designed book illustrates how these various definitions of the body give meaning to the jewelry that adorns it. More than 200 examples of exceptional jewelry and ornaments, created across the globe from antiquity to the present, are shown alongside paintings and sculptures of bejeweled bodies to demonstrate the social, political, and aesthetic role of jewelry. From earflares of warrior heroes in Pre-Columbian Peru to designs by Yves Saint-Laurent, these precious and most intimate works of art provide insight not only about the wearer but also into the designers, artisans, and cultures that produced them.
    Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed
    By Vincent Meylan

    Antique Collectors Club Dist
    Hardcover (244 pages)

    Christie s: The Jewellery Archives Revealed
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    • Compiled with full access to Christie's famous archives
    • With never-before seen materials and photography
    • Reveals the romance, drama, intrigue - even danger - attached to some of the world's most storied jewels
    For centuries, the stories of the world's great jewelry collections have lain hidden within the archives of Christie's, the celebrated auctioneers. From the tragic European queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - both beheaded - to Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the most famous (and occasionally notorious) names of the last 250 years. Following on from the success of his books on Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, author Vincent Meylan explores these remarkable jewelry archives, revealing the mysteries within for the first time. Each sale had its intrigue, each its story to tell. The first auction of jewelry from the British royal family took place at Christie's in 1773, after the death of the Princess of Wales, mother of George III. As the archives reveal, in the subsequent centuries, Christie's has been party to the sale of jewelry by several further generations of British royals, from Lady Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk through to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, in the wake of revolution and regicide further afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Expertly curating the extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous sale. Original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of color illustrations of the jewels and their owners
    afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Expertly curating the extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous sale. More than a hundred original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of color illustrations of the jewels and their owners. Contents: Introduction by François Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia-Pacific; 1. Guillotine Diamonds; 2. Murdered Queens; 3. Pomp and Circumstances; 4. Empresses in Exile; 5. The French Court; 6. From Christie's with Love; 7. Soft as a Pearl; 8. Bloody Revolutions; 9. Ladies of the Stage; 10. Gems from the East; 11. Diamonds are Christie's Best Friends; 12. Appendix: Prestigious Provenances.
    Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making
    By Kate Ferrant Richbourg

    Interweave Press
    Paperback (160 pages)

    Simple Soldering: A Beginner s Guide to Jewelry Making
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    • Interweave Press
    • IP-BD03
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    Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. Fortunately, Simple Soldering proves that does not need to be the case. This handy how-to guide is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home.

    Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you'll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.

    Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it's time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a "you can do it!" attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease.

    Paired with an instructional DVD, Kate's expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.

    With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.




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