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Jewelry Designer’s Resource List

This list began as a resource for my jewelry design students but can also be helpful to jewelry artists and designers already in the field, looking for contemporary art jewelry inspiration. What is contemporary art jewelry? A work in progress, this list is updated and grows as information is edited, and suggestions are welcome in the comments below. Most of the selected resources are in the U.S., but others are included in Europe and Italy (where I am based).

ONLINE RESOURCES

JEWELRY ORGANIZATIONS + GUILDS

JEWELRY BOOKS

These I books that I can recommend because I have found them helpful and informative for both students and teachers:

(As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases for the following books.)

The Art of Jewelry Design: From Idea to Reality (Jewelry Crafts)

The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-color Introduction to the Jeweler’s Art by Charles Codina (18-Nov-2006) Paperback

The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook

Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective

Contemporary Jewellery: The Padua School / Gioielleria Contemporanea: La Scuola di Padova

Eco Jewelry Handbook: A Practical Guide for a Healthy, Safe and Sustainable Studio

500 Brooches: Inspiring Adornments for the Body [A Lark Jewelry Book]

500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry (500 Series)

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal (500 Series)

Goldsmithing & Silver Work: Jewelry, Vessels & Ornaments

Guide to Gemstone Settings: Styles and Techniques

Handbook of Jewellery Techniques by Carles Codina (2007-07-30)

Jewelry Design: The Artisan’s Reference (Jewelry Crafts)

Jewellery in Context: A multidisciplinary framework for the study of jewellery

Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets

On Jewellery: A Compendium of International Contemporary Art Jewellery Paperback

1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand (500 Series)

Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers: Techniques, Treatments & Applications for Inspirational Design

PERIODICALS/PUBLICATIONS/WEBSITES

JEWELRY WORKSHOPS / SCHOOLS

JEWELRY MUSEUMS, COLLECTIONS AND EXHIBITS

JEWELRY GALLERIES in the US

JEWELRY GALLERIES IN ITALY

Galleria Antonella Villanova
Viale della Repubblica 39 – FOIANO DELLA CHIANA (Arezzo)
www.antonellavilla.it

OHMYBLUE
Campo San Tomà, San Polo, 2865 – VENICE
www.ohmyblue.com

Alternatives Gallery
Via della Chiesa Nuova, 10 – ROME
www.alternatives.it

Marijke Studio
Via A. Gabelli, 7 – PADOVA
www.marijkestudio.com

Thereza Pedrosa
Via Canova 332 – ASOLO
www.therezapedrosa.com

JEWELRY GALLERIES INTERNATIONAL

JEWELRY FAIRS

SCHMUCK – Munich, Germany
March

AUTOR – Bucharest, Romania
April

MELTING POINT – Valencia, Spain
April/May

ATHENS JEWELRY WEEK – Athens, Greece
May

FLORENCE JEWELRY WEEK – Florence, Italy
May-June

MILANO JEWELRY WEEK – Milan, Italy
June

JOYA – Barcellona, Spain
October

Parcours Bijoux – Paris, France
October

SOFA – Chicago, IL
October-November

SIERAAD – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November

NYC JEWELRY WEEK – New York, New York
November

JEWELRY TOOLS + METAL SUPPLIERS

www.riogrande.com
www.ottofrei.com
www.contenti.com 
www.cooksongold.com
www.gesswein.com
www.hooverandstrong.com 
www.mealli.it 
www.seattlefindings.com
www.stuller.com
www.hauserandmiller.com
www.myrontoback.com

CAD SOFTWARE

3Design (intermediate)
Adobe Illustrator (intermediate)
AutoCAD (intermediate/advanced)
LibreCAD (beginner, free)
MatrixGold (intermediate/advanced)
Rhinoceros 3d (intermediate)
SketchUp (intermediate, for more geometric designs)
TinkerCad (beginner, free)
ZBrush or ZBrushCore (3D sculpting for models)

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