Regarding books for the beginning jewelry maker, "Indian Jewelry
Making" Vols. 1&2, by Oscar Branson and "Indian Silversmithing" by
W. Ben Hunt are in my opinion, two of the best. I may be prejudiced
since these are the ones I started with lo, these many years ago.
Indian jewelry may not be your preferred style, but these books will
get you started using the tools and techniques basic to all jewelry
making such as sawing, filing, forging, soldering, polishing, etc.
The first one, Indian Jewelry Making is profusely illustrated in
full color and has easy to follow step by step instructions with
which you can make simple items from the very beginning.. At a bit
more advanced level is Alan Revere's exceptional book ""Professional
Goldsmithing: A Contemporary guide to Traditional jewelry
Techniques". I wish that book was out when I started, It would have
prevented me from developing some of the bad habits I still have.
:-[ . There are tons of others, and you will learn about them as you
progress. Some are better than others of course but you'll get
something from each of them. Good luck in your endeavor. You may
find, as many of us have, that it can become all consuming.
Jerry in Kodiak