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Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques [Hardcover]

Anastasia Young
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (20 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596686367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596686366
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Dorian
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This book is amazing, I have been studying jewellery for about five years now and have never come across such a comprehensive enjoyable book as this one - and I have MANY books! Thanks again Amazon. The stone section is not only informative, it gives similar stones - so , you read about the qualities of an emerald for instance, she lists everything you need to know, and then list stones that closely resemble emeralds! I was ripped off with an emerald that was not an emerald, so I value this information. CAD is explained, settings of every type are detailed but easy to follow, with great tips. There are loads of design ideas and cold connections as well as soldered ones. I am VERY glad I bought this book. The photos and drawings are very clear. I think I'm in heaven xx
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 5 Sep 2012
By LGS
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This book is truly fantastic - clear explanations, great step-by-step guides, and inspiring. This book shows you all the standard gem setting techniques, but also goes further to showcase & teach more creative settings or settings that use different techniques from the norm. Each setting is explained in a variety of ways including a step-by-step guide, examples of various artists' work, explanations of gems & metals best suited to this setting, great images showing various stages, and 'cross section' diagrams (which were particularly helpful). There's also a full list of gemstones & their properties, and a tools list. This book is great for someone with limited gem setting knowledge as well as those with more advanced knowledge.
My only slight negative would be that the images of the pave setting aren't as clear as other images in the book, and I found the explanation a little hard to understand - though this is one of the most difficult settings so I know it couldn't be a totally in-depth explanation.
Otherwise, a totally amazing book that I would highly recommend! Really pleased I bought it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 May 2012
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Really well made book. Helpfull for design and for making jewellery. It provides ideas to stone setting and has step by step puctures which is excellent. Besides that it also lists tools and how to use them,which are needed for stone setting & juwellery making which is fantastic for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written sourcebook for the keen amateur 8 Mar 2013
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I found this book to be a wonderful resource for anyone interested in jewellery making and looking to experiment with gemstone settings. Like other silversmithing publications it has a comprehensive section on tools and a very useful section on gemstones which I found helpful.
I would say that most of the techniques are somewhat advanced and if you are starting out in jewellery making there are other more helpful books but in saying that the descriptions are easy to follow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 22 July 2012
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THe book gives detailed instructions on how to do it in an excellent way for all settings you have dreamt about and a few you never would have thought about.
The working instructions are in steps , with photos and easy to understand
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practical yet nor boring 30 April 2012
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
With excellent examples of all styles of work, this book is a complete practical guide to using gemstones on any metal setting. A whole range of styles from traditional to contemporary are shown. Even if you are a beginner, all the techniques are amply demonstrated with step-by-step instructions. There is also an illustrated glossary. This is a wonderfully inspiring book with fine examples of work. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 12 Jan 2013
By D MdD
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Ms Young has produced a really helpful and informative book useful for both beginners and advanced metal workers/jewellers.
Great photos, explanations, easily understandable and I would recommend this book to any jewellery students and also for those of us who may need a little inspiration from time to time. Great reference book to keep nearby your workbench.
Total thumbs up! ;-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 1 July 2013
By Mz V
Format:Paperback
We have many jewellery books on our shelves but Anastasia's books are often the first point of reference when seeking in depth assistance on how to approach new techniques. This is another classic, an essential reference for the workshop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class designer and lavishly illustrated book
This is a great ideas book for the amateur and aspiring professional jeweller or gemstone setter. Ms Young has a great eye and all her own work and that chosen as examples are top... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Kleinsteuber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques - Anastasia Young
The book arrived in pristine condition and in good time , the gift was well received as recipient was unaware the book was published in a hard back edition . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Dixson
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good for my acceptation
I am satisfied and it is usefull to my skill experts

We need more color technic within and explanations thanks
Published 2 months ago by VASSILIS GIAKOUMOGLOU
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on stone settings.
I am very pleased with this book on gemstone settings, it is the best and I only wish I had purchased sooner.
Published 4 months ago by Helen Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Gems
This is a first rate book for the expert or the novice the section on gemstones is very good in fact I was very pleased with the complete book
Published 7 months ago by Teddyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Gemstone Settings by Anastasia Young
A large book, well illustrated. All the illustrations are large, clear and thoughtfully done. An introduction to stone types, tool types and the shapes of the operational parts of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cat Pavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for all budding jewelers
Perfect for beginners and enough facts and techniques to guide you through the processes with great pictorial assistance producing really good projects. A Must Book to Have
Published 11 months ago by K. Hawksworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have been looking for a comprehensive book on Gemstone setting for a while. This book is excellent. The quality of the pictures is very goo. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Helen McWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book for anyone wanting to know how to set stones. Some really inspiring and unique ideas. Really recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Really great book - I has no idea on stone setting when I started making jewellery and this book delivers.
Published 12 months ago by chappers
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