Among the many varieties on the market, some of the most interesting are those that are not transparent or faceted gemstones, but are more or less translucent and usually cut as cabochons. These colored stones are prized not only for their colors but often for their fascinating natural patterns that make each cut stone unique. Although these intriguing gems are sometimes referred to by the old trade term “semi-precious stones,” there is really nothing “semi” about their value at all. Celebrate the wonderful power of gemstones with the experts in this free eBook full of gemstone information and you’ll agree that many of these colored gems are more beautiful than the often recited big three: ruby, emerald, and sapphire. These stones are usually prized for meeting one standard –– and therefore looking exactly like one another.
We created an in-depth guide to gemstones and minerals that is full of insight from experienced jewelers into best practices for gemstone jewelry design. In this essential gemstone jewelry tutorial, you’ll learn expert tips for designing jewelry for beautifully patterned colored gemstones as well as step-by-step instructions for fabricating one natural gemstone pendant. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to wire wrap gemstones, this eBook is for you!
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If you’re searching for expert tips to the art of creating jewelry from gemstones, look no further.
With informative tips and instructional projects on how to work with delicate colored stones and wire wrap gemstones, this free eBook will help make all of your gemstone jewelry making a success.
How to Make Tigereye Jewelry
Eye on Tigereye by Si & Ann Frazier
Learn about one of the most fascinating colored gems with 20 most frequently asked and most interesting questions about the tigereye. Get insight into details of this gem such as: what gives tigereye its gleam, how easy it is to find, and what you should look for in a finished tigereye. Learn of the many color combinations that can be found: brown and yellow, deep blue, and more depending on geological conditions. Ever wonder what the difference is between tigereye and cat’s-eye? Learn almost everything there is to know about this one-of-a-kind gemstone in this informative eBook!
DIY Wire Wrapped Pendant
Wire Wrapped Malachite Pendant by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
The beautiful shades of green that swirl, bend, blossom, and bulls-eye in malachite almost demand to be set in sterling silver. Because malachite is a copper mineral, however, combining it with sterling is a recipe for tarnish. Although there are chemical treatments for gemstone jewelry that resist tarnish, they do not last forever, and as a studio jeweler, Dale tries to remain as much of a purist as she can. Malachite is a relatively soft and fragile stone, which scratches easily and can be difficult to polish. Explore a classic technique designed with square Argentium Silver in this one-of-a-kind wire wrap gemstone project.
DIY Petrified Wood Pendant
Conical Petrified Wood Pendant by Lexi Erickson
Learn to create a special bezel setting for this special colored gemstone! Using a conical stone that was cut from petrified wood, Lexi Erickson guides you through detailed instructions for successful gemstone jewelry making in this free project. Anthropologically speaking, circles are symbolic of so much, Lexi explains of her inspiration for this design. Early human homes were circles, and in some places they still are. The center of the home, the hearth, was and is a circle. Tea is served in circular cups, to your circle of friends. Yellow tabbies curl into a cozy circle to sleep. Let’s face it: square Oreos would be just plain wrong! Join the fun adventure of creating one of a kind gemstone jewelry with Lexi in this free project.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to wire wrap gemstones, this eBook is for you!
You’ll also find projects that will show you how easy it really is to create jewelry that stands out from the crowd with the rich palette of gemstone colors and patterns. Then you can use both these projects as starting points for your own one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.