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

£27.99

  • UK - free p&p 
  • USA - discounted shipping
  • Canada - discounted shipping
  • Australia - discounted shipping
  • Switzerland - discounted shipping
  • Estonia - discounted shipping
  • Europe - discounted shipping with prepaid import duties and taxes available to The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark.

 

If your country is not listed here please email me and I will be happy to get a shipping quote for you.

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

The "How to use" section explains the information tables for each stone and gives further detailed information which can be referred to when looking at an individual stone. 

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

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.

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 - 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

RRP: £27.99 

Thank you - we have had some really lovely comments and feedback - here are just a few...

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

Jewellery Wilmslow Guild

Posted on instagram 11/5/21

"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, and being willing to ship it across the pond!"

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