Monday, September 14, 2009

Book Review: Simply Gemstones

If you’re a jewelry maker, chances are you have lusted after a gemstone or ten.
There use to be a time when the only place you could buy an semi precious or precious bead like an emerald was at a jewelry store but now they can easily be found online and in local bead shops. ”Simply Gemstones” author Nancy Alden is your gemstone fairy godmother. She brings back her popular Beadworks series with this book focusing on greating great gemstone jewelry. As with her other books, she makes the process easy and shows even a novice how to create stunning gemstone jewelry.

This book begins with a primer on gemstone basics and introduces the read to common as well as uncommmon gemstones such as Cornflake Pearls, Pink Sapphire, and Black Spinel, among others.
There is over 5o projects in this book and they lean toward simple strung necklaces and bracelets. The use of an amazing colored or shaped stone can make even the a simply strung necklaceinto a masterpiece. There is even a project with black diamonds! And those are available at Firemountain Gems. Not cheap, but still if you want to wear diamonds you can get the beads for under $61!
The book is a great resource for someone who isn’t familiar with gemstones or is wanting to gain knowledge about stones.


Andrew Thornton said...

Looks like a nice reference book for elegant gemstone jewelry. I'll have to check it out.

(And who doesn't love them some black diamond love?)

Cyndi L said...

I found a lot of the info in this book really helpful :-)

Jeannie said...

What a great resource for gemstones and your book review is helpful. It nice to get a opinion from a follow artist.