Somewhere, I stumbled upon Anastasia Young’s books, and have referenced them a lot in recent years. Her Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques is a great compendium of different ways of working with metal, and her book Gemstone Settings is a really helpful guide to setting different types of stones in all shapes and sizes. Also the photos of some of the jewelry in the books are just so fun to look at! I also recommend checking out Anastasia Young’s own work – her pieces are so beautiful and interesting! She’s based in London and currently teaches jewelry making courses at Morley College and Central St. Martins.
Another fairly recent addition to my jewelry book library is a helpful business focused guide by Emilie Shapiro called How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line (she also has a book on wax carving). She talks about how to start a business, think about design, source materials, handle marketing and finance, and lots more. By the time it came out, I’d already learned a lot about the business from working in jewelry for many years, and from starting my own company, but there were still lots of really useful things in the book for me. For instance tips on creating master production forms and spec sheets were really helpful organizing ideas. I also really hate cutting the white background out of product photos, and she lists a few places online where you can outsource this, so I totally went for it, and it’s really made getting a new collection ready for release much easier. So thanks Emilie! Also be sure to check out her jewelry as well - it’s super cool!
Interviews, Books, Resources and Spaces to check out:
Gretchen Jones Shares Tips for Emerging Designers - my interview from with Gretchen Jones about getting started, also be sure to check out what she’s doing now on her website and instagram.
3 Tips to Succeed in Jewelry Design from Shana Ready of The Ropes - my interview with Shana Ready (from my hometown!!!) about her jewelry line, and career.
Polly Wales Rings Master Artful Elegance - my interview with Polly Wales about her jewelry designs and background in sculpture.
The Ethical Metalsmiths - great organization of jewelers committed to social and environmental responsibility.
Brooklyn Metal Works - jewelry classes in Brooklyn, also studio space
WJA - Women’s Jewelry Association, a national association of women in the jewelry business
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - seasonal classes in Deer Isle, Maine
Arrowmont School of Crafts - classes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Penland School of Crafts - classes in Penland, North Carolina
Ganoskin - online jewelry resources and forums
Creative Stone Setting - stone setting resource by John Cogswell
Professional Jewelry Making - jewelry making book by Alan Revere
7000 Years of Jewelry - really fun jewelry history book by Hugh Tait
P.S. You may also be interested in this journal post about sketching out new collections, and I’ve also started offering one hour creative advising sessions if you want to chat one on one about some of your projects.
P.P.S. thanks to Tim McCreight, Anastasia Young, Pam Robinson, Sarah McGuire, Deborah Robinson, Judith and Elizabeth Gilday and all the other teachers I’ve had along the way!