I found a neat little self-published book on Lulu.com. It’s called “The Art of Hand Fabricated Jewelry Design” by J. Kendrick Thompson
It’s not a how to book, it’s a book with a lot of pictures of the process of making specific jewelry pieces, for the purpose of helping people understand the process and why jewelry costs what it does.
The pictures are very clear and text underneath explains what is going on in the pictures.
As I said, it’s not a how to book, but someone who makes jewelry, even a beginner, will understand everything. Could benefit the beginner — a quick view of, “Oh, so that’s how you make a setting from wire,” without reading the entire step by step in another book if that’s not what you’re ready for.
One of the things I like about it is that it shows just how dirty and ugly jewelry gets on its way to becoming beautiful.
Available as a paper book or as a download. As a download, it’s only $3.75, so for that price, you can’t go wrong.
A really nice little book. If you don’t get the download option with this link, just go to the front page on Lulu and type in jewelry in the search window. There’s more great stuff on jewelry, both industry related and DIY.