This is a Selected Jewelry and Metals Bibliography for the jeweler – Metal working, Casting, Plating, Enameling, Gem Cutting, Setting, Engraving and Etching, Other Techniques, Jewelry Repairs and A Selected Bibliography for Materials Science for Goldsmiths – Over 100 listings.

General, Various Techniques, Bench Tricks, etc.

  1. Aldred, Cyril. Jewels of the Pharaohs: Egyptian Jewelry of the Dynastic Period. London: Thames and Hudson; New York: Praeger, 1971
  2. Armentrout, Daloma. Art, Jewelry and Metals: Makers, Markets, Meaning. 2nd ed. Austin: privately printed, 1992.
  3. Biringuccio, Vannoccio. Pirotechnia. 1540. Ed. and trans. Cyril Stanley Smith and Martha Teach Gnudi. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press, 1966.
  4. Brepohl, Erhard. Theorie und Praxis des Goldschmieds. Koln: Fachbuchverlag, 1994.
  5. Brown, Raymond P. Fundamentals for the Retail Jeweller. 4th Rev. ed. Toronto: Canadian Jewellers Institute, 1978.
  6. Choate, Sharr, and Bonnie Cecil De May. Creative Gold- and Silver-Smithing: Jewelry, Decorative Metalcraft. New York: Crown, 1970.
  7. Coyne, John, ed. The Penland School of Crafts Book of Jewelry Making. New York: Rutledge-Bobs-Merrill, 1975.
  8. Davidson, P. Wylie. Educational Metalcraft: A Practical Treatise on Repousse, Fine Chasing, Silversmithing, Jewellery and Enamelling, Specially Adapted to Meet the Requirements of the Instructor, the Student, the Craftsman and the Apprentice. Longmans’ Technical Handicraft Series. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1913.
  9. Diebeners, Wilhelm. Werkstattrezepte für Gold- und Silberschmiede. Leipzig: Wilhelm Diebener, [1950? Also available in newer editions].
  10. Werkstattrezepte für Graveure, Gürtler, Galvaniseure und Stempelhersteller. Leipzig: Wilhelm Diebener, [1950? Also available in newer editions].
  11. Emmerich, Andre. Sweat of the Sun and Tears of the Moon: Gold and Silver in Pre-Columbian Art. New York: Hacker Art Books, 1984.
  12. Evans, Chuck. Jewelry: Contemporary Design and Technique. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1983.
  13. Galli, Maurice P., et al. The Art of Jewelry Design: Principles of Design, Rings and Earrings. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1994.
  14. Designing Jewelry: Brooches, Bracelets, Necklaces and Accessories. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1994.
  15. Gentile, Thomas. Step-By-Step Jewelry: A Complete Introduction to the Craft of Jewelry. New York: Golden, 1968.
  16. Hall, Dinny. Creative Jewellery. Melbourne: Nelson, 1986.
  17. Hickling, James E. Jewellery Making for Profit. London: NAG Press- Robert Hale, 1995.
  18. Hughes, Graham. The Art of Jewelry: A Survey of Craft and Creation. New York: Gallery Books-W.H. Smith, 1972.
  19. Kingsley, Susan. Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths. Carmel, CA: 20-Ton Press, 1993.
  20. Kronquist, Emil F. Metalcraft and Jewelry. Peoria, IL: Manual Arts Press, 1926.
  21. Laugner, Vallory H., and Augustus D. Hargan. Handbook of Fastening and Joining Metal Parts. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956.
  22. LaPlantz, David. Artists Anodizing Aluminum: The Sulfuric Acid Process. Bayside, CA: Press de LaPlantz, 1988.
  23. Lewton-Brain, Charles. Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop: Inexpensive Equipment Options and Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths. Calgary: Brain Press, 1994.
  24. Linick, Leslie L. Jewlers’ Workshop Practices: Processes, Shop-Kinks, Short-Cuts and Trade-Secrets of Jewelry Manufacture and Precious Metal Finishing in Non-Technical Language. Chicago: Henry Paulson and Co., 1948.
  25. Loosli, Franz, et al. Practical Jewelry Making. Trans. Douglas J. Gillam. Berne: UBOS/Scriptar, 1983.
  26. Maryon, Herbert. Metalwork and Enamelling: A Practical Treatise on Gold and Silversmiths’ Work and Their Allied Crafts. 3rd rev. ed. London: Chapman and Hall, 1954.
  27. McCreight, Tim, ed. Metals Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Metalsmiths. Cape Elizabeth, ME: Brynmorgen Press, 1992.
  28. Morton, Philip. Contemporary Jewelry: A Craftsman’s Handbook. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
  29. Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981.
  30. O’Connor, Harold. Creative Jewelry Technique: A Workshop Guide. [Lake City, CO]: Dunconor Books, 1978.
  31. The Flexible Shaft Machine: Jewelry Techniques. Taos, NM: Dunconor Books, 1983.
  32. The Jeweler’s Bench Reference. Lake City, CO: Dunconor Books, 1982.
  33. Platinum Guild International USA. Platinum Manufacturing Process Vol. I: 1995 Platinum Day Symposium, New York. Newport Beach, CA: Platinum Guild International USA, 1995
  34. Practical Goldsmith: Modelling. Practical Goldsmith 2. Stuttgart: Ruhle-Diebener-Verlag, 1991.
  35. Practical Platinumsmith. 2nd ed. Stuttgart: Ruhle-Diebener-Verlag, 1994.
  36. Revere, Alan. Professional Goldsmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991.
  37. Rose, Augustus F., and Antonio Cirino. Jewelry Making and Design: An Ilustrated Text Book for Teachers, Students of Design, and Craft Workers in Jewelry. Providence, RI: Metal Crafts Publishing, 1917.
  38. Society of North American Goldsmiths. Metalsmith Papers of the Society of North American Goldsmiths: Research Presentations to the Society of North American Goldsmiths 1977-1980. N.p.: Society of North American Goldsmiths, 1981.
  39. Sprintzen, Alice. The Jeweler’s Art: A Multimedia Approach. Worcester, MA: Davis, 1995.
  40. Theophilus. On Divers Arts: The Foremost Medieval Treatise on Painting, Glassmaking and Metalwork. Ed. and trans. John G. Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963. New York: Dover, 1979.
  41. Turner, Ralph. Contemporary Jewelry: A Critical Assessment, 1945-1975. London: Studio Vista-Cassell and Collier Macmillan, 1976.
  42. Turner, Wilson, and Wilson Turner. Finishing with Gold Leaf. “Handicrafts for Fun” Temple City, CA: Craft Course Publishers, 1966.
  43. Untracht, Oppi. Jewelry Concepts and Technology. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982.
  44. Untracht, Oppi. Metal Techniques for Craftsmen: A Basic Manual on the Methods of Forming and Decorating Metals. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.
  45. Von Neumann, Robert. The Design and Creation of Jewelry. Rev. ed. Radnor, PA: Chilton, 1972.
  46. Ward, James Brent. The Colouring and Working of the Refractory Metals Titanium, Niobium and Tantalum for Jewellery and Allied Applications. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Design and Technology Committee Project No, 35: Refractory Metals. Project Report No. 35/1. London: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1982.
  47. Wilson, H. Silverwork and Jewellery: A Text-Book for Students and Workers in Metal. 2nd ed. Artistic Crafts Series of Technical Handbooks. London: John Hogg, 1912.
  48. Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. The Arts and Crafts of India and Cylon. New-York: Noonday Press-Farrar, Straus and Company, 1964.
  49. Hickman, B., ed. Japanese Crafts: Materials and Their Applications: Selected Early Papers from the Japan Society of London. London: Fine Books Oriental, 1977.
  50. Meilach, Dona, and Don Seiden. Direct Metal Sculpture: Creative Techniques and Appreciation. New York: Crown, 1966.
  51. Simonds, Herbert R. Finishing Metal Products. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1935.
  52. Young, Ronald D., and Robert A. Fennell. Methods for Modern Sculptors. San Rafael, CA: Sculpt-Nouveau, 1980.


  1. Bovin, Murray. Centrifugal or Lost Wax Jewelry Casting for Schools, Tradesmen, Craftsmen. Rev. ed. Rev. Peter M. Bovin. Forest Hills, Long Island: Bovin Publishing, 1971.
  2. Choate, Sharr. Creative Casting: Jewelry, Silverware, Sculpture. Ed. Bonnie Cecil De May. New York: Crown Publishers, 1966.
  3. Kallenberg, Lawrence. Modeling in Wax for Jewelry and Sculpture. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1981.
  4. McCreight, Tim. Practical Casting: A Studio Reference. Boylston, MA: Brynmorgen Press, 1986.
  5. Shearman, William M. Metal Alloys and Patinas for Castings for Metalsmiths, Jewelers and Sculptors. Kent State University Press, 1976.
  6. Sopcak, James E. Handbook of Lost Wax or Investment Casting. Pico Rivera, CA: Gem Guides, 1986.
  7. Romanoff, Philip. The Complete Handbook of Centrifugal Casting. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1981.
  8. Tsuyuki, Hiroshi. Basic Wax Modelling: An Adventure in Creativity. Tokyo: Matsubara-Kashiwa Books, 1990.
  9. Tsuyuki, Hiroshi, and Yoko Ohba. Practical Wax Modeling: Advanced Techniques for the Wax Modeler. Trans. Susumu Satow. N.p.: ASQ Corporation, n.d.


  1. Ammen, C.W. The Electroplater’s Handbook. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1986.
  2. Blum, WIlliam, and George B. Hogaboom. Principles of Electroplating and Electroforming (Electrotyping). 3rd. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1949.
  3. La Niece, Susan, and Paul Craddock, eds. Metal Plating and Patination: Cultural, Technical and Historical Developments. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993.
  4. Lowenheim, Frederick A. Electroplating. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978.
  5. Practical Goldsmith: Mounting – Joints, Electroplating. Practical Goldsmith 4. Stuttgart: Ruhle-Diebener-Verlag, 1993.
  6. Rapson, W.S., and T. Groenewald. Gold Usage. London: Academic Press-Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
  7. Spiro, Peter. Electroforming: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory, Practice and Commercial Applications. 2nd ed. Teddington: Robert Draper, 1971.
  8. Young, C.B.F. Chemistry for Electroplaters. Brooklyn: Chemical Publishing, 1945.

Patination and Colouring

  1. Deutsches Kupfer-Institut. Chemische Färbungen von Kupfer und Kupferlegierungen. 4. Auflage. Berlin: Deutsches Kupfer-Institut, 1974.
  2. Hebing, Cornelius. Vergolden und Bronzieren: Untergrund – Arbeitstechniken – Werkstoffe: Ein Handbuch für die Praxis. 14. Auflage. München: Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey, 1985.
  3. Hughes, Richard, and Michael Rowe. The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for the Fine Metalworker and Sculptor. London: Crafts Council, 1982.
  4. Kramer, Oskar P. Rezepte für die Metallfärbung und Metallüberzügeohne Stromquelle. 5th ed. Saulgau/Wttbg: Eugen G. Leuze Verlag, 1977.
  5. Walker, John R. Modern Metal-Working: Materials, Tools and Procedures. South Holland, IL: Goodheart-Willcox, 1973.


  1. Brepohl, Erhard. Kunsthandwerkliches Emaillieren. Leipzig: Veb Fachbuchverlag, 1979.

Gem Cutting, Setting, etc.

  1. Hunt, Henry. Lapidary Carving for Creative Jewelry. Phoenix, AZ: Geoscience Press, 1980.
  2. Practical Goldsmith: Mounting – Settings. Practical Goldsmith 3. Stuttgart: Ruhle-Diebener-Verlag, 1992.
  3. Wooding, Robert R. Bead Setting Diamonds with Pavé Applications. Erlanger, KY: Dry Ridge, 1985.
  4. Wooding, Robert R. Channel Setting Diamonds with Illustrated Procedures. Erlanger, KY: Dry Ridge, 1987.
  5. Wykoff, Gerald L. The Completely Illustrated Course for Developing the Techniques of Master Stonesetting: A Comprehensive Picture/Text Guide on Diamond and Colored Stone Setting. Washington, DC: Adamas, 1986.
  6. Zeiss, Walter. Das Edelsteinfassen. 2nd ed. Stuttgart: Rühle-Diebener-Verlag, 1979.

Engraving and Etching

  1. Brittain, A., and P. Morton. Engraving on Precious Metals. London: N.A.G. Press, 1958.
  2. Chamberlain, Walter. The Thames and Hudson Manual of Etching and Engraving. London: Thames and Hudson, 1972.

Other Techniques

  1. Fisch, Arline M. Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975.
  2. Harse, Crys. Metal Braiding for Jewellers and Metalsmiths: A Translation of Straw Braiding Techniques into Metal. Calgary: privately printed, 1994.


  1. Hardy, R. Allen. The Jewelry Repair Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1967.
  2. Jarvis, Charles. Jewelry Manufacture and Repair. New York: Bonanza, 1978.
  3. Replinger, John G. The Jewelry Repairer’s Handbook. Peoria, IL: Bradley Polytechnic Institute, 1946.

Sheet Metal

  1. Dyer, Herbert J. How to Work Sheet Metal. 2nd ed. Kings Langley, Herts., UK: Model and Allied-Argus, 1963.
  2. Neubecker, William. Sheet Metal Work: A Manual of Practical Self-Instruction in the Art of Pattern Drafting and Construction Work in Light- and Heavy-Gauge Metal, Including Skylights, Roofing, Cornice Work, Patterns for Forced-Air Fittings, etc. Chicago: American Technical Society, 1939.
  3. Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association. Architectural Sheet Metal Manual. 3rd ed. Vienna, VA: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, 1979.
  4. Zinngrabe, Claude J., and Fred W. Schumacher. Sheet Metal Machine Processes. N.p.: Delmar, 1975.

Blacksmithing, Ironwork

  1. Andrews, Jack. Edge of the Anvil: A Resource Book for the Blacksmith. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1977.
  2. Baur-Heinhold, Margarete. Geschmiedetes Eisen vom Mittelalter bis um 1900. Stuttgart: J.F. Steinkopf, 1971.
  3. D’Allemagne, Henry Rene. Decorative Antique Ironwork: A Pictorial Treasure. New York: Dover, 1968.
  4. Hoffman, Gretl. Kunst aus dem Feuer: Sechzehn Kunstschmiede aus sieben Landern/Art from the Fire [text in English and German]. Stuttgart: Julius Hoffman, 1987.
  5. Weygers, Alexander G. The Modern Blacksmith. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1974.


  1. Blandford, Percy W. How to Make Your Own Knives. . . Etc. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1979.
  2. Knives Illustrated [quarterly journal: ISSN 0898-8943]. McMullen & Yee Publishing: Knives Illustrated Subscription Dept., McMullen and Yee Publishing, P.O. Box 70015, Anaheim, CA 92825-015, U.S.A.
  3. McCreight, Tim. Custom Knifemaking: 10 Projects from a Master Craftsman. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1985.

Tools, Machines, Machine Processes

  1. Burghardt, Henry D. Machine Tool Operation Part I: Lathe, Bench, Forge. 3rd ed.
  2. Colvin, Fred H., and Lucian L. Haas. Jigs and Fixtures: A Reference Book Showing Many Types of Jigs and Fixtures in Actual Use, and Suggestions for Various Cases Including Wartime Data Supplement. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1943.
  3. Danforth, G.W. An Elementary Outline of Mechanical Processes: Giving a Brief Account of the Materials Used in Engineering Construction and of the Essential Features in the Methods of Producing Them, Also Describing Shop Processes and Equipment for the Shaping of Metals into Forms for Engineering and General Uses. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute, 1912.
  4. Jones, Harry A. Machine Shop Practice: Book II. Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1941.
  5. Stanley, Frank A. Punches and Dies: Layout, Construction and Use. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936.
  6. Taylor, Roger. The R.T. Blanking System. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Technical Advisory Committee Project Report No. 12e/1. London: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1980.

A Selected Bibliography for Materials Science for Goldsmiths

  1. Aluminum Company of America. Adhesive Bonding Alcoa Aluminum. Pittsburgh: Aluminum Company of America, 1967.
  2. Aluminum Company of America. Forming Alcoa Aluminum. Pittsburgh: Aluminum Company of America, 1974.
  3. Aluminum Company of America. Forming Alcoa Aluminum with a Supplement: Forming Alcoa Magnesium. Pittsburgh: Aluminum Company of America, 1953.
  4. Aluminum Company of America. Machining Alcoa Aluminum. Pittsburgh: Aluminum Company of America, 1967.
  5. Aluminum Company of America. Soldering Alcoa Aluminum. Pittsburgh: Aluminum Company of America, 1965.
  6. Aluminum Company of Canada. Handbook of Aluminum. Halifax: Aluminum Company of Canada, 1957.
  7. Coonan, Frederick L. Principles of Physical Metallurgy. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943.
  8. DeGarmo, E. Paul. Materials and Processes in Manufacturing. 4th ed. New York: Macmillan; London: Collier Macmillan, 1969.
  9. Feirer, John L. Woodworking for Industry: Technology and Practice. 3rd ed. Peoria, IL: Charles A. Bennet, 1979.
  10. Gordon, J.E. The New Science of Strong Materials, or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor. 2nd ed. London: Pelican-Penguin, 1976.
  11. Gray, T.A., and T. McCormick. Metal Technics. 2nd ed. Milton, Qld: Brooks Waterloo-Jacaranda Press, 1989.
  12. Grimwade, Mark. Introduction to Precious Metals. London: Newnes Technical Books-Butterworth, 1985.
  13. Hodges, Henry. Technology in the Ancient World. London: Pelican-Penguin, 1970.
  14. Hömig, H.E. Metall und Wasser: Eine kleine Korrosionskunde. Essen: Vulkan-Verlag Dr. W. Classen, 1961.
  15. Hoover and Strong, Inc., Refiners. How Old Gold Is Refined. Bulletin 447. Buffalo, NY: Hoover and Strong, Inc., Refiners, 1949.
  16. Knauth, Percy. The Metalsmiths. The Emergence of Man. New York: Time-Life Books, 1974.
  17. Loewen, Roland. The Recovery of Gold From Jewellery Sweeps. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Project Report No. 44/2. London: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1982.
  18. Loewen, Roland. Small Scale Gold Refining. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Project Report No. 44/1. London: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1980.
  19. Loewen, Roland. Small Scale Silver Refining. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Design and Technology Committee Report No. 53. London: Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1984.
  20. Oddy, W.A., and W. Zwalf, eds. Aspects of Tibetan Metallurgy. British Museum Occasional Paper 15. London: British Museum (Research Laboratory and Dept. of Oriental Antiquities), 1981.
  21. Patton, W.J. Materials in Industry. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976.
  22. Rapson, W.S., and T. Groenewald. Gold Usage. London: Academic Press-Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
  23. Shearman, William M. Metal Alloys and Patinas for Castings for Metalsmiths, Jewelers and Sculptors. Kent State University Press, 1976.
  24. Shrager, Arthur M. Elementary Metallurgy and Metallography. 3rd Rev. ed. New York: Dover, 1969.
  25. St. John, Jeffrey. Noble Metals. Planet Earth. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1984.
  26. Street, Arthur, and William Alexander. Metals in the Service of Man. 10th ed. London: Penguin, 1994.
  27. Untracht, Oppi. Metal Techniques for Craftsmen: A Basic Manual on the Methods of Forming and Decorating Metals. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.
  28. Young, Ronald D. Contemporary Patination. 3rd ed. Escondido, CA: Sculpt-Nouveau, 1992.