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Browse my jewelry library

I draw frequently for inspiration, technical knowledge, and guidance  from my ever-growing jewelry library.  I’ve listed the books I love below and would welcome suggestions from any of you designers, goldsmiths, craftspeople and jewelry-lovers for books to fill in the gaps.

DESIGN/RENDERING TECHNIQUE BOOKS

Simple Hoop Study by Joana Miranda

Simple Hoop Study by Joana Miranda

THE ART OF JEWELRY DESIGN by Maurice Galli (with Dominique Riviere and Fanfan Li)

THE ART OF JEWELRY DESIGN FROM IDEA TO REALITY BY Elizabeth Olver

CREATIVE VARIATIONS IN JEWELRY DESIGN by Maurice Galli (with Dominique Riviere and Fanfan Li)

DESIGNING JEWELRY by Maurice Galli (with Dominique Riviere and Fanfan Li)

PRACTICAL JEWELRY RENDERING by Tim McCreight

SCHMUCKZEICHNEN mit GZ (Jewellery Drawing with GZ) by Harald Fischer (search “buchshop” at rdv.online)

SHINDE JEWELS by Reema Keswani

TECHNIQUES OF JEWELRY ILLUSTRATION AND COLOR RENDERING by Adolfo Mattiello (also available through Rio Grande)

OTHER DESIGN IDEA BOOKS

ART DECO JEWELRY DESIGNS IN FULL COLOR Idee-Paris/Dover Pictorial Archives Series

ERTE’S FASHION DESIGNS 218 Illustrations from “Harper’s Bazar” 1918-1932

ORIGINAL ART DECO DESIGNS by William Rowe

SPECTACULAR JEWELRY BOOKS

Gold and spessarite garnet charm rendering detail by Joana Miranda

Gold and spessarite garnet charm rendering detail by Joana Miranda

ART DECO JEWELRY by Sylvie Raulet (includes fabulous renderings)

FABERGE FLOWERS by Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey

GEORGE JENSEN JEWELRY edited by David A. Taylor (includes lovely sketches and renderings)

IMPERISHABLE BEAUTY ART NOUVEAU JEWELRY by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin

MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN JEWELRY by Judith Price

PLATINUM BY CARTIER TRIUMPHS OF THE JEWELERS’ ART by Franco Cologni and Eric Nussbaum (includes beautiful renderings)

TIFFANY JEWELS by John Loring (includes great renderings)

VERDURA THE LIFE AND WORK OF A MASTER JEWELER by Patricia Corbett (includes charming renderings)

WIENER WERKSTATTE JEWELRY edited by Janis Staggs (includes pencil sketches and renderings)

CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY BOOKS

500 BEADED OBJECTS NEW DIMENSIONS IN CONTEMPORARY BEADWORK Edited by Terry Krautwurst

500 BROOCHES INSPIRING ADORNMENTS FOR THE BODY Edited by Marthe Le Van

500 EARRINGS NEW DIRECTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY Edited by Marthe Le Van

1000 RINGS INSPIRING ADORNMENTS FOR THE HAND Edited by Marthe Le Van

BRILLIANCE! MASTERPIECES FROM THE AMERICAN JEWELRY DESIGN COUNCIL by Cindy Edelstein and Frank Stankus

MASTERS: GEMSTONES MAJOR WORKS BY LEADING JEWELERS Curated by Alan Revere

JEWELRY TECHNIQUE BOOKS

Technical sketch for ruby and diamond anniversary ring by Joana Miranda

Technical sketch for ruby and diamond anniversary ring by Joana Miranda

THE ART AND CRAFT OF MAKING JEWELRY A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES by Joanna Gollberg

JEWELRY FUNDAMENTALS OF METALSMITHING by Tim McCreight

JEWELRY MAKING TECHNIQUES BOOK by Elizabeth Olver

JEWELRY TWO BOOKS IN ONE by Madeline Coles

KEUM-BOO ON SILVER TECHNIQUES FOR APPLYING 24K GOLD TO SILVER by Celie Fago

METALS TECHNIC A COLLECTION OF TECHNIQUES FOR METALSMITHS published by Brynmorgen Press

METAL TECHNIQUES FOR CRAFTSMEN by Oppi Untracht

MOKUME GANE A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY by Steve Midgett

THE PENLAND BOOK OF JEWELRY MASTERCLASSES IN JEWELRY TECHNIQUES Edited by Marthe Le Van

PRACTICAL CASTING A STUDIO REFERENCE by Tim McCreight

ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS TECHNIQUE BOOKS

THE ART OF POLYMER CLAY DESIGNS AND TECHNIQUES FOR CREATING JEWELRY, POTTERY AND DECORATIVE ARTWORK by Donna Kato

BEAD WORK SECOND EDITION edited by Jules and Kaethe Kliot

RESIN JEWELRY by Kathie Murphy

JEWELRY BUSINESS BOOKS

CRAFTING AS A BUSINESS by Wendy Rosen

HOW TO SELL WHAT YOU MAKE THE BUSINESS OF MARKETING CRAFTS by Paul Gerhards

MARKETING AND SELLING YOUR HANDMADE JEWELRY THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO PROFIT by Viki Lareau

PROFITING BY DESIGN A JEWELRY MAKER’S GUIDE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS by Marlene Richey

OTHER BUSINESS BOOKS

SEVEN STEP BUSINESS PLAN by Shelia Holm

OF INTEREST…

ANTIQUE PURSES A HISTORY, IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE by Richard Holiner

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