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Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners: Step-by-Step Instructions for Beautiful Designs
By Cecilia Leibovitz

Rockridge Press
Released: 2019-11-19
Paperback (144 pages)

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Gorgeous beaded jewelry, handcrafted by you―a beginner’s guide

Ever seen an amazing piece of beaded jewelry and wondered how it was made? Now you have the secrets! Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners is a comprehensive guide that shows you how to make incredible necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that you’ll love wearing and sharing.

Perfect for people new to jewelry making, Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners walks you through the process of creating nearly two-dozen different designs. Master everything from picking the perfect beads to making your own findings (functional pieces, like clasps and earring wires). You’ll even get helpful advice for starting your own jewelry line. The bedazzling world of beading awaits―make it yours!

Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners includes:

  • Beading for beginners―Discover a wide variety of beads, must-have tools, and techniques (including bead stringing, knotting, and wire wrapping) that every aspiring jeweler needs to know.
  • Practice makes perfect―Hone your skills on Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners’ 21 stylish designs―each featuring detailed instructions that let you know the necessary supplies and skills.
  • Craft into business―Finished some pieces but not sure what to do with them? Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners offers professional advice on how to promote and sell your work.

Whether you want to learn how to create great looking jewelry just for you or shape incredible pieces to share with the world, Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners makes it easy.

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

B.E.S. Publishing
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.
  • 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

    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.
    Minimal Metal Jewelry
    By Kieu Pham Gray

    Kalmbach Books
    Paperback (96 pages)

    Minimal Metal Jewelry
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    Minimal Metal Jewelry is a collection of beautifully wearable pieces made using minimal materials, just two gauges of wire and two sizes of jump rings. With just a few supplies and tools, jewelry makers will create 20+ earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings, and more.

    This project-focused book encourages jewelry makers to explore different metalwork and wirework techniques. Gray includes a thorough discussion of torchwork and soldering techniques, along with hundreds of clear, step-by-step photos so the enthusiastic beginner will find success.

    Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for more than 15 years, and it truly shows in her approachable designs. She includes tips and tricks for technique success, learned through her many years of teaching experience. Plus, each project includes an alternate version made with a different metal, making this book a great value.
    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.
    Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making
    By Kate Ferrant Richbourg

    Interweave Press
    Released: 2012-11-27
    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.

    With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.
    Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection (Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens)
    By Liana Paredes

    D GILES
    Hardcover (200 pages)

    Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection (Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens)
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    The Merriweather Post collection offers an enthralling glimpse into one of the most remarkable, and intact, collections of jewelry ever amassed.

    Spectacular immerses the reader in jewelry history and design, weaving in seminal moments in Post’s life as one of the most passionate and confident collectors of jewelry of the twentieth century. There are exquisite pieces by Van Cleef and Arpels; numerous examples by Cartier; contemporary commissions from Harry Winston, George Headley, David Webb, and Fulco di Verdura, and historical pieces such as the Marie Louise Diadem, and the legendary earrings worn by Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution.

    Spectacular provides a critical perspective on developments in changing jewelry styles in America and Europe through one woman’s unique collection. Fascinating essays highlight special details of the gems and jewels, as well as their sometimes scandalous history. Full of fabulous images and interesting facts this new volume will appeal to anybody who wants to know the story behind some of the most amazing jewels ever created.

    Liana Paredes is director of Collections & chief curator at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
    Martin D. Fuller is the founder and president of Martin Fuller Appraisals, LLC.
    Michael Hall is the curator of ceramics of the Capelain Collection in Jersey, Channel Islands.
    Jennifer Levy is a curatorial assistant at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
    Jeffrey Post is the curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection, and chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution.
    Dr. Wilfried Zeisler is the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ curator of Russian and 19th-century Art.

    Warman's Costume Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide
    By Pamela Y. Wiggins

    Warman's
    Released: 2014-07-14
    Paperback (256 pages)

    Warman s Costume Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide
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    • Krause Publications
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    From disposable bauble to collectible art form!

    Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price!

    Warman's Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century. Dazzling jewelry images, histories, profiles, and current market values are presented by one of the most highly regarded jewelry experts in the country, Pamela Y. Wiggins.

       • Detailed descriptions and up-to-date pricing information for more than 750 pieces of jewelry
       • Valuable background information about jewelry designers and manufacturers
       • Tips on dating and identifying costume jewelry
    Warman's Costume Jewelry offers a brilliant showcase for all the glitters!
    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.
     



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