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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Jeweler's History Project on Ganoksin

Re-print of a press release from Ganoksin Project:

Announcing - 

Jeweler's History Project

Over the last three decades we have acquired over 40 rare historical Metalsmithing books that we will make available to jewelers, goldsmiths and the metalsmithing community.

These books cover special techniques in depth like chasing, repousse, engraving, niello making, Japanese chiseling, soldering, construction, patination and metal coloring, silversmithing and more. There are many recipes for alloys and metal surface treatments. 

The manuscripts will be gradually published in a digital format over the coming months. 

For the first time in history, these ancient metal tricks and recipes will be made available to the contemporary community of curious artists and metalsmiths. This information will allow the reader to apply the simple and ingenious procedures used by the jewelers of the past, long dead masters of the art of metalsmithing. Many of the tricks and recipes described will save the maker money, as older approaches can sometimes replace modern tools. 

We invite you to own the entire collection of manuscripts, and benefit from the ancient wisdom that we are presenting., while supporting the Ganoksin Project. 

Each pdf is a full digital book of searchable text and images, with an easy access through an interactive table of contents. 

The cost is 1.35 US$ per eBook for a single user license which allows you to install, read and print the material on a single computer.

Just a few examples of what is available:

Repousse Work for Amateurs by L. L. Haslope

Price: 1.35 US$

(subtitled "Being the Art of Ornamenting Thin Metal with Raised Figures")
Another book essential for the serious chaser! This one concentrates on details of chasing, tools, working methods. Includes a number of metal working techniques as well, sawing finishing etc. It is 103 pages (and a number of further pages of fascinating advertisements)

File Size: 6.17MB, 103 pages.

Educational Metalcraft by P. Wylie Davidson, 1913

Price: 1.35 US$

This book, originally published in England in 1913 covers repousse, fine chasing, silversmithing, jewellery and enamelling. It is part of Longman's technical handicraft series of books. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement it details the practical ways that are not touched on as deeply in most texts since. The drawings are excellent, clear and insightful. Like, really excellent. Along with exceptional chasing and repousse information there are surprises, like the many pages of wire and sheet metal strip twisting examples for borders and decoration. The section on enameling is unusual in its early viewpoint, grinding lump enamel being the only option, and firing trivet designs of interest. It has over 378 illustrations, beautifully hand drawn and carried out.

File Size: 22MB, 227 pages.

Decoration of Metals - Chasing, Repousse and Saw Piercing by John Harrison, 1894

Price: 1.35 US$

Published in 1894. This heavily illustrated book, many photographs and line drawings which cover chasing and repousse in depth and with subtlety. The hundreds of excellent line drawings of tools, stamps, and more are excellent. The tool end images are especially clear. There are many photographs of complex chased trays and other objects. This is a great book, and essential for a serious jeweler and chaser.

File Size: 68MB, 164 pages.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Socially Conscious Bridal from Ivanka Trump...

Doing a little Internet Surfing and wanted to give a quick nod to the stunning Bridal Collection from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry.  It is easy to see that Ivanka puts more than just a prestigious name on the every project she undertakes.    

Always elegant and on trend  --- you feel like a socialite in your Ivanka Trump Jewels!  As her logo says "Rock Tradition"!
Maintaining the brand's Social Responsibility Ethic:
"The collection features Canadian diamonds that have been sourced from ethically and environmentally responsible mines, and set in recycled platinum or gold."

The website offers a range of styles, lead by Ivanka's trademark oval diamond band styles...a dynamic option for someone proposing.  No beginning - no end!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Congratulations to the MJSA!!!

From a field of over 3,300 entries, MJSA, the Industry organization dedicated to furthering professional excellence in jewelry making & design, was recognized in three categories...for the prestigious 2011 Apex Awards!

First for the MJSA Journal, the association's flagship monthly magazine, which provides technical and business information on jewelry making and design to its my opinion the MJSA Journal makes the cost of membership worth every penny!


MJSA Custom Jeweler, its quarterly publication which offers insights into how to capitalize on the dynamic consumer demand for personalized jewelry. By presenting design trends and first hand stories by Jewelers working in the field...this particular issue offers a wonderful story of a jeweler's custom order for Mardi Gras. But whether it is a suite of jewels for the King of Carnival or an article that talks about the newest technical options for offering your store patrons the ability to personalize pieces.

...and finally for MJSA Online (, which also won a 2010 APEX Award for website content and writing.  If you have ever had a question about current Laws Governing Lead & Cadmium in Children's Jewelry, Cleaning Tips for Jewelers, or Identifying Glass & Lead Filled know you will find that and more at the MJSA website.  Whether you are a member or not the website ALWAYS has great Industry Tips & Techniques!

APEX 2011 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry -- in the opinion of the judges -- in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. 

It is sponsored by Communications Concepts, the publisher ofWriting That Works: The Business Communications Report.


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