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5 jewellery book choices by Bibi, creative director of TVRRINI

Our creative director, Bibi, shares with you a selection of books that influenced her jewellery craft. As a designer trained in London, Bibi recognised that specialist books contained explanations on basic to advanced techniques, gradually informing her to apply those diverse skills into practice.

From silversmithing to gemology, these books have offered ideas for our head creator endless times. She loves her jewellery books so much that relocating each one to different homes is no issue at all. With a lighthearted tone, she jokes that they are like old friends. Read on to discover how books are, indeed, a brilliant way to understand and refine technical skills in the long term.

Jewellery Manufacture & Repair (1990 edition)

Author: Charles Jarvis

From the publisher: As well as introducing the basic skills of metalworking, this practical guide describes the techniques of polishing, setting and finishing as well as casting various metals and repair skills such as ring resizing.

Bibi’s Review: “This book was essential to influencing my formal and technical background.”

Jarvis Book Cover

Understanding Jewellery (1990 edition)

Authors: David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti

From the publisher: This book is unique in bringing together in one volume the identification, dating and valuation of the type of jewellery that one can buy.

Bibi’s Review: “The jewellery bible!”

Bennett, Mascetti book cover

Jewelry: Concepts and Technology (1985 edition)

Authors: Oppi Untracht

From the publisher: The definitive reference for jewellery makers of all levels of ability--a complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewellery-making throughout history.

Bibi’s Review: “My professor gifted this to me—it was 45 British pounds at the time. Another jewellery bible for its wealth of technical knowledge.”

Untracht book cover

Gemstones of the World (1977 edition)

Author: Walter Schumann, translated by Evelyne Stern FGA

From the publisher: This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound will ever need!

Bibi’s Review: “The one I have is very old. At the time it was extremely useful to my gemmology know-how.”

Schumann book cover

The Treasury of Ornament (1989 edition)

Author: Heinrich Dolmetsch

From the publisher: Beautiful book fully illustrated with black and white and color plates. Comprehensive overview of decorative and graphic styles.

Bibi’s Review: “This book was valuable to me when I learned engraving design. I could apply many of the techniques to achieve my own style."

Dolmetsch book cover


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