Hello Jo, Here are a few books that have good guides to gemstone
“Techniques of Jewelry Illustration and Colour Rendering” by Adolfo
Mattiello (1995) This is an excellent publication and incorporates the
work of six different designers in a format which takes the reader
from basics to highly skilled rendering.
“Jewellery Making Manual” by Sylvia Wicks (1992) This one is very good
although the rendering guide is only part of the total. First
published in 1985, this has stood the test of time and is a standard
teaching text in many courses. You’ll find what you need in the
chapter “Elements of Design” on page 50.
There are three books about various approaches to designing jewellery
which are expensive but (almost) worth their weight in gold which are
a joint effort by three authors, Maurice P. Galli, Dominique Riviere,
and the wonderfully-named Fanfan Li.
Another excellent source of inspiration is anything by the artist and
printmaker Patrick Woodroffe. His books come in large format soft
cover and can be found in the fantasy art section of any good
bookstore or on-line seller such as Amazon.com. The hints and tips
that can be gleaned from Woodroffe’s books are invaluable. I use them
constantly in my classes.
The publisher Thames and Hudson produce a range of books on art and
technique. You will find their “Rendering with Pen and Ink” by Robert
W. Gill to be most useful. Although not specifically about jewellery,
the techniques he shows are directly applicable to rendering
Finally, may I suggest that when you see a good book on jewellery
design and technique, if you can afford to, buy it straight away.
Jewellery books come in fairly small print runs and are often gone if
you delay their purchase. A good reference book is forever useful and
over the years you will build a wonderfully useful library. Hope this
helps. Kind regards, Rex from Oz