Dear Brian, there are a number of books which might deserve the title
of “Jewellers’ Bible”. The first one that springs to mind is Oppi
Untracht’s massive tome, “Jewelry, Concepts and Technology” published
by Robert Hale, London, ISBN 0-7091-9616-4.
Another oldy but goody is Herbert Maryon’s "Metalwork and Enamelling"
first published in 1912, I have a 1959 reprint and I’ve seen a more
recent reprint in soft cover (was published by Chapman & Hall,
London). This is still my favourite. It’s a little verbose in the
style of the times, but is packed full of elsewhere-forgotten
The Australian, Rod Edwards, rewrote Maryon in more contemporary
language and with profuse illustrations. He titled his book “The
Technique of Jewellery”, published by Batsford, London, ISBN
0-7134-0197-4. We used this as a major text in the Jewellery Trade
Course in Sydney for a number of years.
The trade course then switched to Sylvia Wicks’ “Jewellery Making
Manual” published by Chartwell, ISBN 0-89009-913-8 when the Edwards
went out of print.
All these are excellent and singularly practical for most beginners
and teachers and masters.
Kind regards, Rex Steele Merten