Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones
by Therese Martin
Photographs | 176
pages | Firefly Books October 9, 2006 | English
Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones, A Complete Guide to Appraising and
Using Precious Stones From Cut and Color to Shape and Settings is a book
most jewelers will need eventually if they are going to incorporate
gemstones into their work. This book is broken down into three sections;
creating gem stones, types of gemstones, and designing with gemstones.
Each section has been broken down further into subdivisions.
subdivision; Creating Gemstones, lightly covers in layman terms how
gemstones are formed. With a pictorial of the rock cycle, and where the
gemstones are mined, many different categories are covered. This
subdivision touches on sourcing, mining, usage and supply chains, gemstone
properties, all the way through to facets and how to cut your own. All
this is done with beautiful close up color photographs, captions and
gorgeous examples of jewelry from around the world. There are also very
functional diagrams and charts to help the reader break down the
Section two, Types of Gemstones, the longest of the
three sections, covers the numerousness types of gemstones mined today.
The thirty-nine chosen cover everything from topaz, garnet, and diamonds
to the obscure kyanite, chalcedony and agate to the chrysoberyl. Once
again the use of extreme close up color photographs, charts, and amazing
jewelry keeps the reader fascinated. In the final section, Designing with
Gemstones, the author examines the use of gemstones in your jewelry
design. While using the choice of color, settings, size and shape, you can
beautifully incorporate these gemstones into your design.
In the setting
subdivision, there are nine types discussed. From claw, illusion, bezel to
tension, each of these are shown with line drawings illustrating what the
setting should look like. The following subdivision shadows the first
giving examples of work and line drawings to illustrate what is being
talked about. In this section there are magnificent color photographs of
jewelry in their smallest detail, enticing the reader. There is practical
advice on handling the gemstones, having them appraised, buying and a
large list of resources. Judith Crowe is jeweler and gemstone dealer. Her
contributing author, Cally Oldershaw, is gemologist and geologist along
with being an author.