In response to your question:
Although I don't often work with stones I have been wanting to get
a comprehensive book about precious and semi-precious stones so
that on the occasions that I do need to set stones I have a
reference guide at hand that will tell me all I could want to know
about a stone before working with it. Basically, I am looking for
some sort of stones bible - has anyone got any recommendations?
Arthur Skuratowicz and Julie Nash have just published a new book,
"Working with Gemstones: A Bench Jeweler's Guide," which gives the
working characteristics of a variety of Each chapter is
dedicated to a specific stone and covers common enhancements and
treatments; how the gem reacts to heat, abrasives, chemicals, and
pressure; how to modify or design a piece to accommodate the gem's
characteristics; what tools you should have close at hand for that
stone; and advice on cleaning and care. The book is published by
MJSA/AJM Press and costs $34.95 ($29.50 for MJSA members). If you'd
like, we can send you (or any Orchid subscriber) complimentary pdfs
of a sample chapter and the table of contents. All requests for the
pdfs can be sent to Shawna Kulpa at email@example.com.
Director of Communications & Publications
Associate Publisher, AJM
Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Inc.