Jewellers' Quick Reference Guide To Working With Gemstones by Sally Spencer FGA, DGA. A must have for any jeweller wanting to work with stones!
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Jewellers, if you would like to know how to avoid accidentally damaging gemstones, then this book is for you. Sally Spencer has written this excellent guide with you in mind to help minimise those heartbreaking moments.
The book is full of information covering a variety of gemstones and how to work with them. It covers a variety of gemstones, including familiar stones such as amethyst and more usual types such as sillimanite.
Want to know if your stone might survive a swipe from a file or abrasive wheel or the pickle pot? And of course, whether it will be ok with metal clay? This book will give you some great information to help you figure that out. So, before you throw that gem-set piece of jewellery into the barrel polisher or ultrasonic cleaner or light the torch to resize that ruby ring why not double check if there might be a reason not to…
Sally knows her stones, which you can see from the letters following her name; FGA means that she is a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain and the initials DGA mean that Sally have passed the Association's Diamond Diploma. Passing the Association's Diamond and Gemmology Diplomas involved 3 years of study, course assessments, written exams and practical exams.
As Sally says;
"[Passing the diploma] was a fantastic starting point, but the world of gemmology is both a vast subject and ever changing, so I continue to study in order to improve my knowledge of the subject I love and teach. Any day that involves working with or studying gemstones is a good day for me!"
Each stone section has example photos and a clear table showing its durability and which jewellery making processes it may or may not survive and why.
The book is A5 size. It has clear frosted protective plastic covers so it can live happily in your studio, and is wire-bound, so it will lay flat for easy reading. 184 pages in total.
- How to use the book with explanations for each of the various jewellery making processes
- Gemmology and how can it help
- How to use a loupe and tweezers
- Visual clues of indications how a gemstone may react to the processes (with photos)
- 130 pages of gemstone information covering more than 110 different varieties and including 181 colour photos
- Gemstone facet names, shapes and cuts
- Information about casting in place, kiln firing and torch firing gemstones
- Table of gemstones by colour
- Cleaning gemstone jewellery and care advice for customers