Jewellers’ quick reference guide to working with gemstones

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.

While teaching, I realised a guide to working with gemstones that included some gemmological information could help avoid these moments.  Written specifically for jewellers, this guide can live on the bench ready to answer queries when designing or working on a piece of jewellery. 

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.

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

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…

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

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£24.99 including free UK postage and packing for orders placed before 30 April 2021 (total saving £7.50)

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

A5 in size so that it can live on or near your bench for quick reference.

184 pages in total.

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

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.  

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

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

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

Front and back frosted plastic covers to protect it on the bench - wire bound so that it can lay open for easy reference. 

gemstones; gemstone jewellery; gemmology; jewellery making book; quick reference guide to working with gemstones by Sally Spencer

Contents

  • 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 
  • Gemstone facet names, shapes and cuts
  • Table of gemstones for casting in place, kiln firing and torch firing
  • Table of gemstones by colour
  • Cleaning gemstone jewellery and care advice for customers
  • Glossary

RRP: £27.99