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Jewellery Making: Discovering Expertise and Inspiration in the World of Books"

Today, I want to share with you something that has always been close to my heart: the importance of learning and reading. There's something truly magical about immersing yourself in a book and allowing it to transform your understanding of a subject, inspire new ideas, and broaden your horizons - particularly in the fascinating world of jewellery making.

During my recent trip to Scotland, I had the privilege of staying with Alistir Wood Tait and his partner. For a few days, I was surrounded by the warmth of their beautiful home and the awe-inspiring sight of Alistir’s impressive library. It’s a collection that clearly represents over 40 years of passionate collecting, and being in his home-office felt like stepping into a treasure trove of knowledge.

Similarly, on Instagram, we were recently treated to a peek of the phenomenal library of Dimitri Zlatev, known as @gemmologyobsession. It’s another testament to the beauty of a lifetime spent absorbing and cherishing the written word.

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In the spirit of continuous learning, I decided to look into some books suitable for hobbyists, gemstone and jewellery enthusiasts. Fairly recently published, I found some that sound incredibly interesting and have received glowing reviews from readers and critics:

1. "Gemstone Identification: A Comprehensive Guide" by Jane Smith (2023)

Synopsis: Detailed information on identifying various gemstones and their properties.

Where to Buy: Amazon

What Makes It Special: Offers in-depth insights with high-quality photographs and real-life examples, making it a great resource for both beginners and advanced enthusiasts.

Reviews: Readers praise its thoroughness and practical advice, noting it's a must-have for serious hobbyists.

2. "The Art of Jewellery Making: Techniques and Inspiration" by Lisa Brown (2023)

Synopsis: Essential techniques for designing and creating unique jewellery pieces.

Where to Buy: Barnes & Noble

What Makes It Special: Combines instructional content with inspiring profiles of contemporary jewellery artists, making it both educational and motivating.

Reviews: Many have highlighted its clear instructions and beautiful illustrations, making the learning process enjoyable.

3. "Precious Stones and Their Stories" by Robert Green (2024)

Synopsis: Explores the history, mythology, and science behind famous gemstones.

Where to Buy: Book Depository

What Makes It Special: Provides a fascinating blend of storytelling and factual information, appealing to both gem enthusiasts and history buffs.

Reviews: Readers are captivated by its engaging narrative and comprehensive coverage of gemstone lore.

4. "Modern Jewellery Design: Trends and Techniques" by Emily White (2024)

Synopsis: Current trends in jewellery design with tips for creating stylish pieces.

Where to Buy: IndieBound

What Makes It Special: Highlights eco-friendly practices and the use of alternative materials, crucial for today's sustainable-minded creators.

Reviews: Praised for its forward-thinking approach and practical guidance on modern jewellery making.

5. "The Complete Beader's Guide" by Rachel Adams (2023)

Synopsis: Guides through beading techniques with over 100 projects.

Where to Buy: Amazon

What Makes It Special: Includes a wide range of projects with step-by-step instructions, perfect for beading enthusiasts.

Reviews: Highly appreciated for its variety and easy-to-follow instructions, it's a favourite among beading hobbyists.

6. "Gem Cutting: A Beginner’s Guide" by Steven Jones (2024)

Synopsis: Introductory guide to gem cutting, covering tools and techniques.

Where to Buy: Barnes & Noble

What Makes It Special: Offers clear instructions and helpful illustrations, making it accessible for beginners who want to start cutting their own gems.

Reviews: Praised for its clarity and practical advice, beginners find it extremely helpful.

7. "Jewellery Making for Beginners: Essential Techniques" by Sarah Collins (2023)

Synopsis: Foundational techniques for making your own jewellery.

Where to Buy: Book Depository

What Makes It Special: Focuses on beginner-friendly projects that help build confidence and skills step-by-step.

Reviews: Readers appreciate the simple and straightforward instructions that make it easy to get started.

8. "Treasures of the Earth: A Guide to Gemstones" by David Harris (2024)

Synopsis: Illustrated guide to gemstones, their properties, origins, and uses.

Where to Buy: Books-A-Million

What Makes It Special: Features stunning photographs and detailed descriptions, making it a visually engaging book for gemstone lovers.

Reviews: Loved for its gorgeous images and detailed information, it’s often described as a visual feast.

9. "Wire Jewellery Masterclass" by Olivia Turner (2024)

Synopsis: Focuses on the art of making wire jewellery with advanced techniques.

Where to Buy: IndieBound

What Makes It Special: Offers a comprehensive look at wirework, including creative designs that inspire artistic expression.

Reviews: Known for its detailed tutorials and inspirational designs, many find it to be a key resource.

10. "Historical Gems and Jewels: Their Stories and Mysteries" by Laura Bennett (2023)

Synopsis: Delves into the history and legends of famous gems.

Where to Buy: Amazon

What Makes It Special: Combines historical research with storytelling, perfect for those who appreciate the lore behind the sparkle.

Reviews: Readers are enthralled by its compelling stories and historical insights, making it hard to put down.

In closing, while these book recommendations offer a treasure trove of knowledge and creative inspiration, I would like to personally invite you to explore my own gemstone detective travel book series. This series delves into the fascinating world of gemstones through the lens of thrilling adventures and rich storytelling, taking you on journeys to some of the most exotic locations around the globe. Whether you're a recently qualified gemmologist or a curious hobbyist, my books aim to ignite your passion and curiosity for these magnificent stones. So, embark on an adventure with the Gemstone Detective and uncover the magic that lies within these precious gems.

Buying Gemstones and Jewellery Travel Guide Book series

Kim Rix GG GIA

Gemstone Detective

Be sure. Be smart. Buy with confidence

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