I’ve just added a new Amazon store built into the site for providing recommended reading on the topics we cover on this site.
Given the fact that jewellery has such strong emotional connotations (especially the wedding ring), it should come as no surprise that it features a special place in the symbolism of poetry and literature, representing many things from an eternal and unbreakable institution of power to the seductive and addictive nature of said power.
A colleague has written a beautiful series of articles about jewellery symbolism in history, poetry and literature. Well worth a read.
Update: The website HelloPoetry.com keeps a list of all poems featuring the word jewellery (and a separate list for the American spelling jewelry). Also, I’ve now added this entry to the Something Beautiful in Jewellery feature section of the blog.
I’ve copied the entire poem beyond the break.
It seems the Society of Jewellery Historians post a first rate listing on their website highlighting current jewellery exhibitions running across the UK and in the rest of the world.
Definitely a link work saving. (Thanks Helen for sending this in!)
JETT Research Jewellery Technology has produced a very impressive research paper exploring the various advantages and disadvantages to every option and combination of jewellery model making techniques, whether CAD/CAM or not.
Makes for some interesting food for thought, especially for the next time you decide to tackle a very large project.
The demographics of rapid prototyping displayed as a friendly video:
(This continues my series of Frequently Asked Questions. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)
Trade and Technology Resources for New Jewellers
(Updated 27 June 2018)
Since 2011, I’ve been delivering a new technologies lecture for new diploma students at the BAJ to encourage and empower students to find out for themselves more about what is happening in the jewellery industry in terms of both trends and new technologies. In a later section of the lecture, we all share knowledge on places you can go to get this information.
The list you see below is a compendium of the shared information from each of these previous cohorts of students. The result is an excellent starter list of resources every aspiring jewellery student should know about.
Of course, don’t take my word for these– have a look at these yourself and decide which ones are most useful for you.
I’ve divided categories into types of media…
(This marks the first of a series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)
Over the years, the students in my jewellery CAD courses as well as my private clients have asked me a lot of questions about CAD as it relates to jewellery manufacturing. Many of these questions were often the same. As I thought it better to tailor my answer to each student’s needs, I resisted writing a single standard answer for quite a long time. Then it occurred to me that I could probably answer at least some of the questions all at once, and just fill in the gaps if people wanted to know more.
This is how my series of Frequently Asked Questions began.
On this and subsequent articles in my FAQ series, I will break down the most commonly asked questions from my own particular fields of expertise. If anyone has any more specific questions or is not clear about something mentioned here, just leave a comment below and I’ll add an answer to the entry.
For part 1, we’ll start off with the most common question of them all: “Which jewellery CAD software should I learn?”