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Jewellers, have you ever experienced that heart-stopping moment when you have accidently damaged a gemstone…
As a gemmologist I don't like to see damaged or broken gemstones and as a jeweller I understand how frustrating it can be when that happens, especially when it might be avoided with a little additional knowledge.
Covering familiar stones such as amethyst through to the more unusual such as sillimanite, each gemstone has information about its durability and whether it might survive a swipe from a file or abrasive wheel, the pickle pot, repairing or resizing, polishing or cleaning using steam or an ultrasonic cleaner.
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…
A5 in size with thick, glossy pages and laminated covers front and back to protect it on the bench - wire bound so that it can lay open for easy reference.
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.
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 varieties
Gemstone facet names, shapes and cuts
Information about casting in place, kiln firing and torch firing
Table of gemstones by colour
Cleaning gemstone jewellery and care advice for customers