The Design and Creation of Jewellery - Robert von NeumannLondon: Pitman Publishing, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, a little loss to the head of the upper panel at the join. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages very gently age-tanned.
A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Tables; 2-column text (in part); Appendix;
From the cover: “This book has proved indispensable for the jewellery designer and craftsman for over a decade. Students, teachers, practising craftsmen and professional jewellers have all come to rely on it to guide them in this exacting but extremely satisfying art.
The text is illustrated with over 200 photo-graphs and drawings, and deals with an exceptionally wide range of topics. These include materials, tools and sources of supply; basic techniques in metal, specialized techniques in metal shaping and decoration. Lost wax casting, niello, lamination, granulation, inlay of metals, wood and other less generally known techniques are also fully discussed.
In this revised edition the author has added new chapters, one on the historical methods of jewellery making, and the other on contemporary processes, including the use of plastics and organic materials.
As an experienced teacher the author knows that technical skill by itself is not sufficient for the successful exploration of the subject. He has therefore aimed at developing in the student a design personality — an awareness of design possibilities — that continues to grow together with the acquisition of technical skills.
Robert von Neumann, member of the faculty of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, has won major prizes in national and international competitions and has served as a juror in many others. His work was chosen to represent American jewellery at the Brussels World Fair and has been purchased by leading museums and galleries.”