Jewelry (Art and Artists)
Gems of the World
Paperback ISBN: 0228100070
"Lavishly illustrated, Gems of the World is intended for anyone who has ever been fascinated by crystals, jewelry, and gems, from general readers to seasoned professionals. It is a fine addition to general collections." --Booklist, on the previous edition Gems of the World is a practical and comprehensive guide to the identification and properties of precious and semiprecious gems, novelty stones, agates and crystals. This edition has been revised and thoroughly updated. Changes and new features include updated maps of recently established diamond bourses and geographical country changes, plus new gem varieties and localities where they are found, new techniques for producing synthetic gemstones and simulants, and much more. There is comprehensive information on gems: - gem formation - mining - the diamond industry - conflict diamonds - ethical sourcing - crystal structure (diagrams and cuts) - optical and physical properties - fashioning and cutting (properties and uses) - gemstone cuts for diamonds - buying a diamond - buying colored gemstones - imitation and synthetic gemstones - gemstone enhancement - history of gems - famous diamonds - caring for gemstones and jewelry - a color key of 139 gemstones. The text describes the world's diamond cutting and trading centers, the "diamond pipeline" that flows from mine to retail, and information on the gemstone industry, ethical mining, conflict diamonds and the emergence of new diamond centers. The description directory of gemstones is organized by their chemical composition. The 139 profiles describe each gem's geology, chemistry, properties (such as color, refractive index, and luster), cultural use in history and its value in jewelry. Photographs show the gem as a raw crystal, in common cuts, polished for use, and in some cases, also in a piece of jewelry. Gems of the World is an ideal reference for gemologists, collectors and general readers.
Understanding, Identifying, Buying
2nd Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1851496300
As well as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, over 100 gems are featured, with full descriptions, technical details, and tips on how to check for fakes; illustrated throughout with fabulous color photographs to make identification easier.
Gilding History and Techniques
Paperback ISBN: 0764328727
Italian Jewlery of the 20th Century
Hardcover ISBN: 8836635075
"Through meticulous research, this book explores the Italian twentieth-century jewelry and goldsmithing landscape. This is the first time the topic is investigated in such a comprehensive manner, having previously only been dealt with limitedly to specific producers or production areas. Following the evolution of an art that is the result of millenary stratifications, this volume contains over three hundred images illustrating jewelry produced between 1900 and 1990. The chapters follow a chronological order and systematically look at the political and economic events influencing the fate of jewelry, as well as the fashion, the role of women, the artistic and architectural experiences, and the tastes of the time. Alongside the most prominent maisons feature less-known jewelers of doubtless creativity and artistic quality. Detailed biographies of each of the jewelers mentioned are included at the end of the volume"--Back cover.
Jewelry Concepts and Technology
Hardcover ISBN: 0385041853
The definitive reference for jewelry makers of all levels of ability--a complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewelry-making throughout history.
Read My Pins
Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box
Hardcover ISBN: 0060899182
The first woman U.S. secretary of state tells stories surrounding her pin collection, describing the pin not just as a piece of jewelry, but a badge of individuality, a vibrant vehicle for telling a story, and even a diplomatic tool for delivering messages to world leaders, politicians, and the public, in a book with over 200 color photos. 40,000 first printing.