Precious Metals & Bench: Metalsmithing
Revere Releases Ring Repair Book
First in a six part "Professional Jewelry Repair"
The premier book in Alan Revere's "Professional Jewelry
Repair" series, Ring Repair, documents the repair, alteration
and restoration of rings in gold, silver and platinum. Ring Repair
is the first book devoted solely to repairing rings. Subsequent
books in the series will focus on settings, chains, bracelets,
clasps and an introduction to repairs in general.
Ring Repair offers a visual documentation of the most common
repair jobs bench jewelers face. It's intended for those making
the repairs at the bench, as well as store owners, managers,
sales associates and students.
Clear and Concise
A combination of text and photography is designed to present
every step in each project in a clear, concise manner. Revere
is recognized as a leader in jewelry education through his school
in San Francisco, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and his contributions
to trade magazines. Some of the chapters in Ring Repair come
from articles he wrote for JCK magazine, though all were rewritten
and the majority of information has never been published before.
The 128 page volume features more than 140 close up
color photographs by Barry Blau, plus 90 black and white
sketches by George McLean and Revere. Images of antique tools
used in ring repair are interspersed throughout the text.
The book is divided into two parts. "Part I: Getting
Started," covers procedures, tools and safety. "Procedures"
is an instructional overview of the theory of ring repair, with
topics such as measuring a customer's finger, sizing non round
rings, locating seams and a discussion of various kinds of joints.
The tools chapter identifies implements used specifically
to repair rings, such as ring bending pliers, head and shank
tweezers, ring mandrels and a new ring sizing shear. A chapter
on safety reviews health and injury prevention practices.
Part II is a photographic documentation of 15 ring repairs,
complete with a job envelope and an anecdote about the owner.
Tasks range from the simplest stretching job to adding sizes,
reshanking, adding ring mechanisms and two tone sizing.
The book includes dozens of tips and trade secrets Revere
has collected during three decades at the bench. An appendix
charts the lengths of ring blanks for all finger sizes and gauges
of metal and includes a unique illustration of ring mandrels
from around the world.
Mark B. Mann, director of professional certification at Jewelers
of America®, states in the foreword
that "This book will help repair jewelers at all levels
because it shows examples that demonstrate the entire spectrum
of problems and situations encountered when repairing rings This
volume is exceptional in scope, accuracy and readability."
Published by RAJA Press of San Francisco, CA, Ring
Repair sells for $44.95. It's available through jewelry supply
houses and from Revere Academy Books. Revere Academy Books, 760
Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94102; (800) 844 9442,
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