I feel like I am beginning to sound like a broken record but the Santa Fe Symposium is about the only place in the US where scientific and technical papers for the jewelry industry are presented and published if you have a question of a technical nature it does not hurt to look at the symposium web site http://www.santafesymposium.org/ they have abstracts from all the papers on the site and you can see if the paper looks interesting enough to order the book it is in.
In addition to the Santa Fe Symposium James, the World Gold
Council’s “Gold Technology” hardcopy magazine is essential reading
for any goldsmith wanting to keep abreast of current developments in
Issue 34 Spring 2002’s contents aRe:
1/ Application of "Lean Manufacturing" in jewellery manufacture. 2/ Laser aplications in gold jewellery production 3/ Getting optimum performance from your investment powder 4/ CAD/CAM technologies transforming the goldsmith's workshop 5/ World Gold Council Website - http://www.gold.org/ 6/ Optimising carat gold alloys for the manufacturing process 7/ WGC Technical publications (some >> interesting stuff here!)
Many of the questions that are posted on Orchid with monotonous
regularity (particularly w.r.t. investment casting) have been
addressed in this publication at some time. Seeing that it’s FREE I’d
have thought every “goldsmith” on the face of the planet would be a
subscriber! The W.G.C. also produces “Gold Bulletin” which deals
with developments in gold chemistry and is >> technical.
The contact details aRe:
World Gold Council 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG England ph: 0044 20 7930 5171 fx: 0044 20 7839 6561