Jewelry Concepts & Technology

Jewelry Concepts & Technology

by Oppi Untracht

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The definitive reference for jewelry makers of all levels of ability--a complete, profusely illustrated guide to design, materials, and techniques, as well as a fascinating exploration of jewelry-making throughout history.

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ISBN-13: 9780307784117
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 864
File size: 116 MB
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About the Author

Oppi Untracht was a master metalsmith, teacher, and author. He was born in New York and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 1947, before moving permanently to Finland in 1967. He lectured and wrote on traditional Indian jewelry and culture, and was awarded a Lifetime American Achievement Award by the American Craft Council in 2000. He was the author of Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, now considered an essential textbook for silversmiths, and Jewelry Concepts and Technology. He died in 2008.

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Jewelry Concepts and Technology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Untracht, an internationally renowned author and jeweler, compiled an amazingly comprehensive reference for all jewelers. Not only did he cover the fundamental tools and processes for jewelers working in metals and precious stones, but he also provides a short history of ancient to modern jewelry concepts. The actual processes, which are often ancient in themselves, are presented by modern masters in the field with quality accompanying photos. The 'concepts' are also thoughtfully presented. With references to historical examples and a clear insight into the modern jewelry movements, Mr. Untracht presents all these ideas behind metal jewelry in a mandala fashion with the jewelry maker as the center. Presented in this fashion, it not only allows for a clear understanding of the jewelry industry, but it also references the temporal aspect of jewelry history itself. It is this aspect that sets the author and the work apart from many technical books on jewelry making. It does not propose to be the cornerstone manual for the industry as a whole, but becomes it by allowing all aspects of the industry to be regarded with equality.
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