To further help jewelry makers and designers achieve professional excellence, MJSA publishes a wide range of technical and business books. From the trade books of MJSA Press to the annual MJSA Buyer’s Guide, these publications provide the know-how needed to maintain quality and increase profits.
All MJSA books can be ordered from the MJSA Bookstore, you’ll also find leading titles from Brynmorgen Press, the Revere Academy; David Geller (author of the Blue Book to Jewelry Repair and Design), and Blaine Lewis. MJSA members receive a 15 percent discount on all orders.
A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships: How to Create Effective Programs by Nanz Aalund. Suitable for shop owners, students, and instructors alike, A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships provides detailed insights into all aspects of setting up a training program in the shop. It includes tests and projects through which apprentices can best learn about specific tools and skills; safety checkpoints; and interviews with professional jewelers who relate their own successful experiences with apprenticeships. Click here to learn more.
MJSA Press books offer best business practices and expert technical solutions for the making and selling of jewelry. Below are some of our recent titles; for a full list of books and MJSA Press distributors, click here.
Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys. Technical editor: James Binnion. This practical guide from MJSA Press offers expert insights into all aspects of working with precious and non-precious jewelry metals. It includes the characteristics of common alloys, advice for easier casting and bench work, tips for managing scrap metal, international marking and stamping regulations, and illustrated step-by-step instruction on a range of metalworking techniques, including mokumé gane, granulation, chasing, and anticlastic forming.
Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success by Marlene Richey. Learn how to run a successful jewelry design business—and have some fun along the way. A former gallery owner who also ran an award-winning design firm, Marlene Richey covers everything from identifying a target market and setting up shop to pricing, marketing, and selling your one-of-a-kind designs. Winner, Gold Excel Award, Society of National Association Publications.
101 Bench Tips for Jewelers by Alan Revere; illustrations by Sean Kane. Acclaimed as a designer, author, educator, and innovator, Alan Revere now shares his most valuable bench tips and tricks to speed production, improve quality, and raise profits at the bench. Fully illustrated, the book covers all aspects of bench work, from soldering to stone setting, piercing to final polish. Winner, Gold Excel Award, Society of National Association Publications.
Curated from the pages of MJSA Journal and the association’s other publications, these PDF handbooks offer valuable insights on a variety of technical and business topics. They’re free to MJSA members.
NEW! The MJSA Handbook on Custom Design. Curated from the pages of MJSA Journal and MJSA Custom Jeweler, the articles in this handbook cover a range from topics: Determining a client’s style; avoiding the "intimidation factor" when explaining custom design to a client; creating both magnetic marketing campaigns and memorable in-store experiences (such as "gemstone roundtables" and hands-on casting sessions); choosing and using CAD/CAM; and repurposing heirloom gems.
The 2017 print edition lists MJSA member companies that, together, supply everything needed to design, make, and sell great jewelry: the latest tools and equipment, findings and chain, gemstones and beads, metals, packaging and displays, as well as contract and business services. It also includes in-depth articles on how to best evaluate specific purchasing options and maximize the benefits. Click here to learn more.