Dear Elizabeth from Silverhorn, I’m glad I procrastinated about
replying to your request for those five books. You’ve certainly
stimulated a wonderful response from all those readers out there, and
I’ve learnt of books I hadn’t known about. What a beaut’ list the
responses have made! Many have recommended books that I would have
definitely included - Sylvia Wicks’ “Jewellery Making” and of course,
who could live without Oppi? Alan Revere’s latest book is definitely
on my list - to purchase - as I haven’t yet seen it in Australia.
Elizabeth, you specified design, fabrication and history, so here are
a few more to add to your list in these categories:
Design (and Designing) Anything by Peter Dormer and Ralph Turner. They
collaborated on “The New Jewellery”, Thames and Hudson. 1985, and it’s
still a thoughtful and provoking classic.
When it comes to rendering your designs, you’d have to consider any
or all three of the series by Maurice Galli, Dominique Riviere, and
Fanfan Li, published by Schiffer.
Adolfo Matteo’s “Techniques of Jewelry Illustration & Colour
Rendering”, pubished by Du Matt Corp., is excellent.
One to stir the creative juices is an exquisite gem of a book,
Patrick Woodroffe’s “A Closer Look at Art Techniques” published in
large soft cover by Paper Tiger. He is a graphic artist with a
jewellers eye and sensibilities. In fact, Elizabeth, I’d recommend
that you search among the works of graphic designers for inspiration.
A few jewellery “designers” simply copy each other which may give a
superficial illusion of trendiness, but it soon spirals down to a
lower common denominator. Dare to be different, Elizabeth, it pays off
in the long term.
Manufacturing Techniques: This is a huge area and has already been
well covered by your respondents, but perhaps you’d add these to your
Rod Edwards’ “Technique of Jewellery”, Batsford Books
Frances Loyen’s “Silversmithing”, Thames and Hudson.
Herbert Maryon’s “Metalwork and Enamelling”. Don’t be deterred by the
fact that this book was first published in 1912. It is a goldmine of
useful and in-danger-of-being-lost It is not well
illustrated in the contemporary manner, and some might find the prose
style a little detailed and pedantic, but it’s definitely worth the
History: The analogy of jewellery knowledge and experience like a huge
pyramid with us standing on its peak with access to all that has gone
before, is a reminder of our heritage and not a little humbling. Our
access to this knowledge and experience is far greater than our
forebears, thanks to the Internet and forums like this. Here are five
of my favourites:
Cyril Aldred’s “Jewels of the Pharaohs”, Thames & Hudson. Judy Rudoe’s
"Cartier - 1900 to 1939", British Museum Press. Vivienne Becker’s “Art
Nouveau Jewelry”, Thames and Hudson A. Kenneth Snowman’s “Faberge -
Lost and Found” Thames & Hudson. Catalogue for “Jewellery Through
7000 Years”, British Museum.
Thank you Elizabeth, for a stimulating request. You really started
something! Kind Regards, Rex from Oz