A selection of books on jewelry design
In jewelry design, the possibilities of styles, techniques and materials are endless. Here is a list of six books that can help any beginner or trained jeweler.
The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: An alchemy of objects
Author: Deryn Mentock
This book teaches readers techniques for making several types of jewelry, which include easy-to-find items or repurposed charms from old jewelry, and turning them into something new. The books begin with information about the basic tools and materials any jewelry designer will need to get started, then explain how to plan designs and execute them. It has a reference section that explains various techniques that can be used when making simple bohemian jewelry. It also shares information about design elements to keep in mind on the sidebars.
Art of Jewelry Design: Principles of Design, Rings and Earrings
Author: Maurice P Galli
This book is a conglomeration of information put together by three jewelry designers. It explains practical jewelry design, in a step-by-step format. The pages explore the design principles and rendering techniques of metal and stone through his illustrations. It also includes finished drawings of various ring and earring designs. These designs make it easier for a jewelry designer to gather the materials needed for a design and put them together.
How to create your own jewelry line: Design – Production – Finance – Marketing & More
Author: Emilie Shapiro
Beyond the design aspects, this book examines how to create a successful jewelry business. It explores the many facets of handmade jewelry and the different nuances of running a craft business. Everything from where to sell the pieces, how to participate in small-scale production, the importance of market research, and how to price and present the jewelry can be found within these pages.
Traditional Indian Jewelry: Beautiful People
Author: Bernadette Van Gelder
A combination of beautiful photography and technical aspects of the jewelry making process – the book covers the importance of jewelry in Indian culture – as well as popular design motifs found in traditional jewelry. It looks at many traditional skills passed down from generation to generation in terms of jewelry creation. The result of 35 years of research, the book also covers topics such as the use of enamel in North Indian jewelry and the significance of the use of flowers and birds in Indian jewelry. Hindu inspiration.
The Sourcebook of Contemporary Jewelry Design
Author: Natalio Martin Arroyo
This book features over 300 well-known and emerging jewelry designers from around the world. The designers present their work through 1,300 photographs and illustrations. It also provides contact details for these designers and is a one-of-a-kind large-scale book that showcases a diverse range of contemporary jewelry designers. An information-packed book, it provides resources for consumers, designers, students, retailers and stylists.
Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design: Inspiration, Process, and Finding Your Voice
Author: Loretta Lam
Aimed at jewelers of all skill levels, this book acts as an easy-to-use guide to the principles and elements of jewelry design. It offers advice on working with different types of materials and exercises that can help explore new design concepts. To top it off, it also comes with sample designs from designers around the world, which are meant to not only teach, but also stimulate creativity.