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Written by jeweller and gemmologist Sally, this book explains gemstone durability (hardness, toughness and stability) and why this is important for jewellers. 

Covering the familiar gems such as amethyst to the more unusual such as sillimanite, it also explains which jewellery making processes each stone may or may not survive, and why! 

These processes include abrasives, barrel polishing, casting in place, firing in a kiln, filing, pickling, polishing, steam cleaning, heat from a torch (including firing in metal clay) and ultrasonic cleaning.

Certain visual information can give an indication of how a stone may react during these processes and details of how to look for some of these using a 10x loupe are explained.         Price: £27.99

The "How to use" section explains the information tables included for each stone and gives further detailed information for the jewellery making processes. 

Each stone has example photo/s and a table showing its durability and which jewellery making processes it may or may not survive and why.  

On the opposite page is a description of the stone and  details of any treatments, synthetics or imitations and stones with a similar appearance.

A5 in size with front and back frosted plastic covers to protect it on the bench - wire bound so that it can lay open for easy reference.  184 pages in total.

Contents

  • How to use the book with explanations for each of the various jewellery making processes - covers durability (hardness, toughness and stability), abrasives, barrel polishing, casting in place, firing in a kiln, filing, pickling, polishing, steam cleaning, heat from a torch (including firing in metal clay) and ultrasonic cleaning.
  • 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
  • Glossary

"This book is amazing, every jewellers bench should have one.  So much info and some great stones covered too."

Jewellery Wilmslow Guild

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"I had heard that you had stuffed it full of great information, but until one sees it, I do not think one can know just HOW much is in the book.  I am thrilled with my purchase!!

Thank you for a great reference tool"

Cindy

Michigan, USA

"Your book arrived today and I just wanted to say how great it is! It really simplifies things for us who arent that experienced with gemstones. I will be recommending it to everyone!"

Jodie

UK

Thank you...

The book has had some wonderful reviews and feedback from jewellers, jewellery tutors and stockists.

The reason behind writing the book was to share with fellow jewellers some information about the gemstones they are working with and I am so happy that it is proving useful!