Synopses & Reviews
The most complete, highly illustrated, and user-friendly reference to making handmade jewelry.
Every practicing studio jeweler and aspiring hobbyist will want this! Straightforward and practical, and richly illustrated with color photographs, illustrations, graphs, templates, and charts, it puts every aspect of the jewelers art right at their fingertips.
Esteemed jeweler and teacher Joanna Gollberg has created a hardworking guide to basic metallurgy, materials, toolmaking, and setting up an efficient, ergonomic, and safe studio. Step-by-step technical demonstrations cover everything from shaping and joining metal to surface treatments, mechanisms, stone settings, and beading. Gollberg also shares numerous tips and tricks to make processes simpler, faster, safer, and more economical.
With its attractive package and comprehensive contents, Ultimate Jewelers Guide will become an indispensable and enduring classic.
A hard-working, information packed text that I can use on a regular basis. It's got a modernly clean layout, to-the-point techniques and examples, close-up photos, clear illustrations, and a practical lay-flat-on-your-bench spiral binding. It's definitely beautiful, and its beauty lifts it from useful to superb. Gollberg's thorough, thoughtful go-to guidebook gets an enthusiastic, tripoli-smeared thumbs up from this jeweler." -- Art Jewelry I picked up a great new book that I recommend highly: Joanna Gollbergs The Ultimate Jewelers Guide. I love Gollbergs books. They are always chock full of great color photos and packed with lots of information. This one covers all the basic details and specs of precious and base metals, solders, and even mining ethics, then moves on to a wide selection of basic tools, full of great photos and info about ways to use them and even how to make some of your own. She continues through all of the basic jewelry-making techniques, from cold-connections through fabrication, forming, texturing, stone setting, and finishing. This book is just perfect for beginners and still full of info for the experienced metal worker. I think my jewelry students will love it! Its an easy book to browse through and read, and with its spiral spine it will stay open on your bench while you follow the techniques. I think this ones destined to be a classic.” -- Lisa Weber, Silver Vine Jewelry