Here is a list of some of our favorite Jewelry books. In our shop we have tons and tons of books. Once asked, "Do you actually use these or do you collect them to look pretty?" The answer was a resounding "Use them!"
This is currently the short list, and we will have many more to come as we add to the list. Until then, please check out what is here, as metalsmithing and jewelry making is a craft that should be shared with open loving arms.
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This is a must! It really kicked off the 500 series as a bible for what was happening in art jewelry in the early 2000's. There are some major designers shown in this book that got their start by submitting to this quintessential Lark Publishing ring guide. If you are stumped and need a design pick-me-up, this is a great place to start. Or if you just love interesting design, some of it completely unwearable, you will find more interesting ring in here than you could hav imagined.
I think every beginning metalsmithing class might require this bench manual, but it goes much further than the basics. 15 years later, I find myself still referencing many of the temperature charts or the mechanics behind clasps, or using this as a reference for an idea for a new chain. No matter where you are in jewelry making, this reference guide keeps on giving.