- Full of eye candy and gems are organized by color wow Review by Lin
This was my first book on jewelry making and I love it. I love that you can go through the gemstones by color families and it helps so much in your designs. The different types of necklaces, bracelets and earrings are sure to impress. Lots of ideas, jewelry instructions, even the helpful information with the history and meanings of the various gemstones. I recommend this highly. Like the previous reviewer said, my copy is full of post it notes so I can go back and find my favorite spots quickly. What's not to love
(Posted on 9/11/13)
- One of the Best Beading Books Review by Myrelis Aguilar
I gotta say that the first time that I sat down to read this book the only words coming out of my mouth were Oh My God!. It starts with an introduction of tools and materials followed by a guide on where to buy gemstones. It provides information regarding numerous stones and then the Gallery of designs. I gotta say that I have in my list of to do projects at least half the book. They are amazing and the ideas and inspirations that you will get from this book is just great. I really recommend this book.
(Posted on 10/4/11)
- Not your ordinary jewelry book Review by NULL NULL
I bought this when I first started making jewelry. I was drawn to it because it dealt with semiprecious gemstones which I use. My book is full of post it notes at the moment. What I love about this book and what I think sets it apart is the books arrangement. The first chapter gets right to the gemstones, which are arranged according to color.. So if you are looking to make a bracelet to go with a particular outfit, you can find which stones are found in that color. In addition, with each stone, you'll find the typical colors, relative cost and what stones might work as companions. Following that information, is what Kim calls "The facts" a short section on the structure, history and meaning of the stone. Another great chapter consist of a great selection of projects with great pictures of the individual pieces that make up these projects. The last section explains the "core techniques" needed to design your own jewelry. I love the index, if you are looking for ideas revolving around a particular stone, just check the index. You are referred to both the information, and various projects involving that gemstone. Highly recommend this if you are planning to work with semiprecious gemstones
(Posted on 8/28/11)
- Super Inspiring Review by Christy Herpin
Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads* is highly inspirational because of the projects included, and because of the extremely interesting way the book is arranged. Upon first opening the book you'll find exactly what you'd expect in a craft book: An introduction, followed by a run-down of the tools and supplies you'll need for the projects in the book. After this point, however, this book differs from so many others. Rather than leaping right into the projects, you'll find a great guide on buying gemstones and things to watch out for, followed by a highly detailed list of different treatments commonly used on gemstones, and then you move on in to chapter one. The first chapter is entirely dedicated to giving you loads of information about the most popular gemstones including what colors and shapes/cuts you might find them in, their common partners in jewelry, and tons of facts and lore about the stone in question. Each gemstone listing comes with a gorgeous photograph, too. That information alone could be worth a book by itself, but it just keeps going... Chapter two is all about the projects. You'll find a very unique project guide sorted by jewelry type (necklace, earrings, etc), each project has a photo and lists what page it can be found on. On each project page you get a very clear photograph along with a diagram detailing the design of the necklace and showing which gemstone is where, as well as other findings or beads used, a well written description of the piece and, of course, a list of required components to re-create it yourself. The last chapter in the book is all about the how-to. Kim has included extremely well written directions for all the techniques and tricks used in the book's projects, and each is accompanied by clear and easy to follow photos showing exactly how its done. All in all it is a fantastic resource, even if you only ever reach for it to look up a gemstone. It's very beginner friendly and the clear pictures and directions make it easy to follow. More advanced folks can skip the "how to" section and just follow along with a projects diagram to create a piece without any trouble. The projects themselves (more than 75) are beautifully designed by several contributors -- including Kim's own work, and are very well photographed. There are so many color, shape and style combinations that you're sure to find something you'll love.
(Posted on 3/6/11)