Jewelry Concepts and Technology

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by Oppi Untracht

The definitive guide and handbook for all jewelry makers regardless of skill level. It is one of the most comprehensive books available on the subject of jewelry making. Describes thoroughly every jewelry process you have (and haven’t!) heard of. 900 photos and 377 illustrations.

A complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewelry-making throughout history.

B & W and full-color illustrations throughout.
  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0385041853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385041850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
Nearly ten years in preparation and production, Jewelry Concepts and Technology is a unique reference source. All traditional as well as innovative contemporary techniques are thoroughly described, making this the most comprehensive book available on the subject. The more than 900 photos in color and black and white illustrate work of all degrees of complexity and show the incredible range of concepts which jewelers in all times, including today, incorporate in their work.

Historic and ethnic jewelry, as well as contemporary work done by approximately 300 jewelers from 26 countries, are grouped under particular technical processes. This arrangement dramatically illustrates the mutual bonds between today's creative jewelers and their colleagues: historic style-oriented, and anonymous, tradition-dominated ethnic jewelers.

The detailed text is accompanied by 377 illustrations showing tools and processes used to carry out particular techniques. In addition, 30 step-by-step photo demonstrations show master jewelers working from raw materials to finished jewels, some of them revealing their methods for the first time.

Supplemented by an extensive index, glossaries of jewelry forms and findings, and an international sources of supply list, Jewelry Concepts and Technology is indispensable for anyone interested in any aspect of jewelry making.

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