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All Wired Up: Wire Techniques for the Beadworker and Jewelry Maker
This is the very first book I used to learn to make wire jewery elements and finished pieces.  The illustrated step-by-step techniques take the beginner who knows little about wirework on a journey to creating artistic and unique free-form jewelry. Using round wire that is readily available and economically viable, wireworkers learn everything from how to hold pliers to how to make ear wires, hook-and-eye closures, and cages for marbles and cabochons. Line drawings, photographs of finished objects, and a wirework gallery of pieces by the author and other contemporary wirework artists provide sample creations and ideas for the innovative wireworker.
Gem Identification Made Easy
This revised edition covers the latest gems, synthetics, treatments and instruments. It is easy to use, practical and non-technical indicating how to identify diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls, as well as separating them from fakes and look-alikes. The book explains what instruments are needed and how to use them, where to obtain such instruments and what should be seen for each gemstone. Anyone can learn to identify most of the gems and imitations found in the market place. This volume is the key to avoiding costly mistakes and recognising profitable opportunities.
Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Rocks & Minerals
Practical, concise, and easy to use, Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Rocks and Minerals contains everything that the rock and mineral enthusiast needs to know. This field guide is divided into two large sections — one devoted to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a comprehensive introduction that discusses formation, chemistry, and more. All 377 entries, beautifully illustrated with color photographs and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions and practical information about appearance, classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock chemistry, modal classification fields, formational environments, grain sizes of rocks, and much more.

Whether you are a serious collector or an information-seeking amateur, this incomparably beautiful, authoritative guide will prove an invaluable reference.