Jewelry Making Books
I really love looking through my collection of jewelry making books for inspiration and to refresh my memory on techniques. I often get asked which ones are my favorite so I thought I’d share some of my favorite jewelry making books here.
The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young:
I love this book because she lays things out in an easy to understand way and has some projects with photos that you can try out the techniques with. It’s a full color book and very well put together. If you are just learning jewelry making and get no other book, get this one! It is the book that I wish I had when I was first learning.
Professional Jewelry Making by Alan Revere:
This book gets more into the professional techniques of jewelry making. This is definitely a more advanced book than Anastasia’s book. This book has a ton of projects and are all about fabrication from stock, sheet, and wire. I’d say this would be a great addition for someone who has the basics down and wants to start making more traditional type jewelry (the kind we see in the jewelry stores). This book might be a little overwhelming for someone who is just starting to learn jewelry making.
Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Styles and Techniques by Anastasia Young:
This book is gorgeous! Some of the projects are very well described for beginners and others lean toward more advanced jewelers. I definitely recommend this book in addition to taking classes because some of the techniques may seem confusing if you’ve never seen them done before. The example photos of other artists works are very inspiring and beautiful.