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Platinum Bench coverThe Platinum Bench

An Illustrated Guide to Repair & Fabrication

by Jurgen J. Maerz

Renowned platinumsmith Jurgen J. Maerz shows how platinum isn’t difficult, just different—and, with the help of these step-by-step, illustrated lessons, it can be easy. The Platinum Bench provides comprehensive instruction on a variety of bench techniques, from resizing rings and replacing heads to making a platinum band with 18k inlay. It also includes guides to selecting platinum alloys, preparing for platinum bench work, and casting platinum in a small shop. Winner, Apex Award for Publication Excellence.

The Platinum Bench is comprehensive, well organized, and a great teaching tool—it’s a reference for everyone from a novice to someone who needs to refresh their memory.” Michael Bondanza, Michael Bondanza Inc., New York City

“ This is a great book … we are incorporating it into our platinum classes as a required text.” Alan Revere, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco

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Inside the Book

A Guide to Platinum Alloys   •   Preparing for Platinum Bench Work

Platinum Casting for the Small Shop   •   Sizing Down a Platinum Ring

Sizing an 18k and Platinum Ring   •   Replacing a Platinum Head on a Filigree Ring

Retipping a Platinum Prong on a Diamond Ring   •   Replacing Platinum Prongs

Cleaning a Platinum Casting   •   Repairing Porosity Mechanically

Repairing a Platinum Diamond Bracelet   •   Forging a Platinum and Pearl Ring

Making a Platinum Band with 18k Inlay  •  Creating a Bezel for a Round Brilliant Diamond

Making a Marquise Bezel  •  Fabricating a Domed Platinum Pendant

Converting a Platinum Basket into an Earring  •  Making a Seamless Six-Prong Platinum Head


About the Author

Jurgen J. Maerz

An internationally recognized expert on platinum, Jurgen J. Maerz served for 13 years as director of technical education for Platinum Guild International USA. A veteran of the industry since 1961, he has taught seminars internationally, and was the fourth jeweler in the United States to receive the designation JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler. Jurgen is also the author of Adventures at the Bench: Tricks to Overcome a Jeweler’s Daily Challenges (MJSA Press, 2006), and his articles have appeared in publications worldwide (including MJSA Journal).


At a Glance

Publication date: 2001

ISBN 0-9713495-0-9

Softcover, perfectbound

112 pages

More than 200 color step-by-step photographs

Platinum resources section


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