The Jeweller's Directory of Gemstones : A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones, from Cut and Colour to Shape and Setting
This is a comprehensive guide to identifying, buying, using and caring for a wide array of jewels and gems. It covers the origins of gemstones and how to assess the quality, rarity, grade and cut of precious and semi-precious stones. There are clear illustrations and colour photographs to help you identify the different types of gemstone available and demonstrate how they can be used in a vast variety of designs and settings. A chapter on pearls is also included. Cuts and facets, settings - both old and new, designing your own settings, appraising, buying and handling gemstones as well as how to spot synthetics and fakes are also covered. The result is a complete guide to all you need to know about gemstones.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 190 x 242 x 18mm | 598.74g
- 30 Sep 2006
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- A & C Black Publishers Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"...This is the first book to deal comprehensively with all the considerations that need to be taken into account when using gem materials in jewellery." Association for COntemporary Jewellery (March 2007)
About Judith Crowe
Judith Crowe is a jewellery maker and gemstone dealer. Because she entered the trade as a designer and jewellery maker, rather than as a gemmologist, she has a different perspective to other dealers. She understands the process of jewellery design and is always looking for new ways of using stones rather than sticking with the traditional.