Book review

Professional Jewelry Making

Author: Alan Revere

337 pages. 425 DKR.

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Even the classic work can be improved if you have vision and determination! 

Every real artist, artisan and craftsman. But what does it take? Is it possible to look at the classic task with modern eyes?

That's at least what added up to this examination of traditional techniques of Jewel's classic work . The classic consists of course in the optimum use of the opportunities that lie in the material, but how do you do it
in an innovative, visionary way?

The property of the classic work of art is first and foremost in the immediate beauty, but it is not enough! It should also be rigorously structured in its beauty, i.e. all the inherent possibilities in both material and tools must be used optimally - and yet light and elegant as it was all created as a simple, harmonious and natural unit.

In addition, comes the requirement for subjective matter: The work must radiate a specific, individual message. But how to make it work in practice?

Here comes Alan Revere with his inspiring work to our aid. With its 35 classical tasks - by 18 basic and 17 advanced tasks - is "Professional Jewelry Making" an excellent example of the mandatory jeweler handbook.

You will pass through tasks such as cluster ring, hollow bangle and medallion. All tasks are supported by technical drawings and proposals for tools. The book's beautiful and descriptive imagery makes the
tasks easily accessible and inspiring to begin with. 

The book starts with a fine illustrated review of the industry's various tools and basic techniques. The book ends with an appendix containing formularies and brief information about precious stones.

Alan Revere was born in the United States, but the book and tasks are clearly influenced by the fact that he has taken his goldsmith training in Pforzheim.

He has written numerous books, taught for many years and has been president of the "American Jewelry Design Council." This book is a bestseller in the U.S. and is now in its 4th print.

The book is quite natural mandatory in many schools. Reviews of the work have not surprisingly been extraordinarily positive, as Jurgen J. Maerz, who believes that the book is a "must" for all those people who work professionally with jewelry making.

This book is also for the experienced practitioner of fine craft. As Alan Revere says, "Each project you create is perfect just as it is. And every project could stand a little improvement".