I have just received notification from Quarto Publishing that an image of my work is to be featured in a new book by Anastasia Young “The Jewellery Maker’s Guide to Gemstone Settings; Styles and Techniques“. Now this is exciting enough, but its also HUGE surprise as I did not know anything about this book – the publishers have images of my work due to another book submission I did back in the summer !! What I find particularly exciting is that gemstones are featuring in my own work and designs more and more frequently. If a piece of my work does not feature a gemstone somewhere – either a huge trillion, or a tiny pipe setting, then it seems naked to me somehow. I’m taking it as a “sign” that I am on the right track
They liked my “Wedding Rings” which I made as a gift for one of my dearest friends…..
The book sounds amazing – here are a couple of synopsis I found after I googled the title …
From Scorpio books “Gemstone Settings” is the most in-depth, technical guide to stone setting. Jewelry makers will enjoy an encyclopedic overview, which features an extensive summary of stone-setting and techniques for creating beautiful gemstone jewelry, from basic bezels and prongs to pave, carre, clusters, and numerous others–including cold joins, precious metal clay, settings for fragile stones, and settings that allow the stones to move.
You’ll also discover detailed information about stones and metals–including their suitability, gorgeous photos and illustrations for visual support, what makes a design wearable and durable, and detailed information on pre-made versus handmade settings.
Step by step, learn how to set your most beloved precious, semiprecious, and organic stones with projects that range from elegant diamond masterpieces to earthy pearl or coral everyday favorites.
From Waterstones – “A complete and practical guide to setting precious and semi-precious stones in any metal, The Jewellery-Maker’s Guide to Gemstone Settings is a detailed, technical guide to stone-setting for jewellers and jewellery students. It explores traditional, modern, and experimental approaches to stone-setting, from the purely functional to design-led solutions for securing stones. It takes the reader through the entire process of setting stones from choosing a suitable stone and designing and making the setting to seating and setting the stone. The extensive setting techniques are combined with step-by-step demonstrations, precise diagrams and images of contemporary work from international jewellers. A comprehensive reference section featuring an illustrated glossary makes this book the essential stone-setting resource for both students and professional jewellers. Demonstrations produced using 3D modelling software provide the most up-to-date reflection of current practice and technology and allow explanations of skills and techniques to be presented with expert accuracy. The perfect resource for jewellers of all levels.”
The book is due to be published on the 28/02/2012 – just after my birthday! Its a book I would not have hesitated to buy – so to discover I will be IN IT has simply made my day !!