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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Bleil

Books on My Studio Shelves

The total number of books on the shelves in my studio equals 161.  My total library consists of 1108 books. I had the pleasure of spending a great deal of time in a friend’s used, antiquarian, and scholarly book store.  They offered me a 20% discount and I bought hundreds of books over the years on all my favorite topics including beadwork, jewelry, and precious stones.  Plus, I had the good fortune of volunteering in the book room of a thrift shop for 5 years where I also bought hundreds of books on all my favorite topics.

My offering to you in this writing is simply a list of 81 books related to beading and jewelry that for one reason or another, I enjoy having on my shelves.  Some I reference when writing product descriptions.  Others I refer to when writing blogs for you to read.  There are a few I consult when making jewelry.  The rest I simply like having. If you want to know about any of them, please message me.  I love to talk about beads and books!


Albersmeier, S. (2005). Bedazzled, 5,000 Years of Jewelry: The Walters Art Museum. Walters Art Museum.

Alden, N. (2006). Simply Pearls: Designs for Creating Perfect Pearl Jewelry. Crown Publishing Group.

Aldred, C. (1978). Jewels of the Pharaohs: Egyptian Jewelry of the Dynastic Period. Ballantine Books.

Arem, J. E. (1992). Gems and Jewelry: All Color Guide. Geoscience Press.

Bachmann, H.-G. (2006). The Lure of Gold: An Artistic and Cultural History (J. Vollnagel, Ed.). WW Norton.

Baker, L. (1986). Fifty Years of Collectible Fashion Jewelry, 1925-1975. Collector Books.

Ball, J. D. (1990). Costume Jewelers: The Golden Age of Design. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Barry, B. (2004). Bead Crochet. Interweave Press.

Baskett, M. (1999). Making Beautiful Hemp and Bead Jewelry. Sterling.

Benson, A. (1996). Beadweaving: New Needle Techniques & Original Designs. Sterling Publishing Company.

Benson, A. (1996). Two-hour Beaded Projects: More Than 200 Designs. Sterling Pub.

Benson, A. (2006). Beaded Crochet with Ann Benson. Sterling.

Bluhm, L. (2007). Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories: A Crafter's Guide to Fashioning Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets & More. Lark Books.

Bogert, K. (2010). Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework + Art Glass Jewelry. Penguin Publishing Group.

Branson, O. T. (1965). Turquoise the Gem of the Centuries (1st ed.). Treasure Chest Publications, Inc.

Budworth, G. (2012). Everyday Knots for Fishermen, Boaters, Climbers, Crafters, and Household Use. Metro Books.

Cameron, J. (1996). The vein of gold. Putnam.

Cameron, J. (2002). The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. J.P. Tarcher/Putnam.

Campbell-Harding, V. (2001). Beaded Tassels, Braids & Fringes. Sterling.

Coarelli, F. (1970). Greek and Roman Jewellery (F. Coarelli, Trans.). Hamlyn.

Cole, A. (1993). Color. Dorling Kindersley.

Coles, J., & Budwig, R. (1990). The Book of Beads. Simon and Schuster.

Crabtree, C., & Stallebrass, P. (2002). Beadwork: A World Guide. Rizzoli.

Culme, J., & Rayner, N. (1987). The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor. Vendome Press.

Cunningham, S. (2002). Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic (2nd ed.). Llewellyn Publications.

Cusick, D. (2000). Making Bead & Wire Jewelry: Simple Techniques, Stunning Designs. Lark Books.

Deeb, M. (2004). The Beader's Guide to Color. Watson-Guptill Publications.

Desautels, P. E. (1971). The Gem Kingdom. Grosset & Dunlap.

Dover Publications Inc. (2006). Russian Ornament of the Tadjik CD-ROM and Book. Dover Publications, Incorporated.

Dubin, L. S. (1987). The history of beads : from 30,000 B.C. to the present. Harry N. Abrams.

Duncan-Aimone, K. (2001). The Beaded Home: Simply Beautiful Projects. Lark Books.

Eakin, J. C. (2005). Beading with Cabochons: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Jewelry. Lark Books.

Eakin, J. C. (2018). Dimensional Bead Embroidery: A Reference Guide to Techniques. Lark Books.

Erikson, J. M. (1969). The Universal Bead (1st ed.). W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Ettinger, R. (1997). Popular Jewelry: 1840-1940. Schiffer Pub.

Fernie, W. T. (1981). The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones. Harper & Row.

Fitch, J. (1994). The Art and Craft of Jewelry. Chronicle Books.

Fitzgerald, D. (2003). Netted Beadwork. Interweave Press.

Fronty, L. (2007). A Passion for Jewelry: Secrets to Collecting, Understanding, and Caring for Your Jewelry. Rizzoli.

Garside, A. (Ed.). (1980). Jewelry, Ancient to Modern. Viking Press.

Gosudarstvennyĭ muzeĭ ėtnografii narodov SSSR. (1988). Jewellery: Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR. Aurora Art Publishers.

Gregorietti, G. (1969). Jewelry Through the Ages. American Heritage.

Grimaldi, D. A. (1996). Amber : window to the past. Harry N. Abrams, Publishers.

Harlow, G. E., Sofianides, A. S., & American Museum of Natural History. (2015). Gems & Crystals: From One of the World's Great Collections. Sterling Signature.

Harrison, S., Ducamp, E., & Falino, J. J. (2008). Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique (S. Harrison, E. Ducamp, J. J. Falino, & Cleveland Museum of Art, Eds.). Cleveland Museum of art in association with Yale University Press.

Heady, S. (1999). Emeralds are a Girl's Best Friend. Chartwell Books.

Heady, S. (1999). Rubies Are a Girls Best Friend. Book Sales, Incorporated.

Healy, S. (1999). Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend. Book Sales, Incorporated.

Hewitt, J. (2004). Complete Beading: Jewelry & Accessories. Creative Arts & Crafts.

Hinks, P. (1995). Victorian Jewelry: A Compendium of Over Four Thousand Pieces of Jewelry. Michael Friedman.

Hughes, G. (1972). The Art of Jewelry: A Survey of Craft and Creation. Studio Vista.

Jargstorf, S. (1998). Glass in Jewelry. Schiffer Publishing, Limited.

Kidd, A. (1994). Beautiful Beads. Chilton Book Company.

Krautwurst, T. (2004). 500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork (T. Krautwurst, Ed.). Lark Books.

LaFosse, M. G., & Alexander, R. L. (2015). LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Jewelry: Easy-to-Make Paper Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings: Origami Book with Instructional DVD: Great for Kids and Adults! Tuttle Publishing.

Loori, J. D. (2004). The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life. Ballantine Books.

Lowry, J. D., & Lowry, J. P. (2002). Turquoise Unearthed: An Illustrated Guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers.

MacDuffee, M. (2006). Overlay Crochet Jewelry. Leisure Arts, Incorporated.

Mehaffey, L. (2008). Glass Beads: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft. Stackpole Books.

Metz, R. (1965). Precious Stones and Other Crystals. The Viking Press.

Miller, J. (2010). Miller's Costume Jewelry. Octopus Books.

Moss, K., & Scherer, A. (1992). The New Beadwork. Abrams.

Munn, G. C. (1993). The Triumph of Love: Jewelry 1530-1930. Thames and Hudson.

O'Brien, C. (2019). National Geographic Kids Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture: Stories, Timelines, Maps, and More. National Geographic.

O'Donoghue, M. (1982). Minerals and Gemstones. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.

Parkinson, C. M. (1988). Gem Magic: The Wonder of Your Birthstone. Fawcett Columbine.

Pemberton, J. (2008). African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment. Smith College Museum of Art.

Phillips, C. (1996). Jewelry: from antiquity to the present. WW Norton.

Plumlee, S. D. (2006). Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry: Techniques for Creating Dimensional Necklaces and Bracelets. Watson-Guptill Publications.

Plumlee, S. D. (2009). Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections: New Techniques for Wire-Wrapping and Bead-Setting. Watson-Guptill Publications.

Raphaell, K. (1985). Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Healing Stones. Aurora Press.

Rose, A. F., & Cirino, A. (1967). Jewelry Making and Design (4th ed.). Dover.

Schneebeli-Morrell, D. (2004). Vintage-Style Beaded Jewelry. F+W Media.

Shrader, V. V. A. (2004). 1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking (V. V. A. Shrader, Ed.). Lark Books.

Simmons, R. (2021). The Pocket Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach. Inner Traditions/Bear.

Taylor, C. (1995). Creative Bead Jewelry: Weaving, Looming, Stringing, Wiring, Making Beads. Sterling Publishing Company.

Taylor, T., & Whyte, D. D. (2006). Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques. Lark Books.

Thomas, S. (2008). Link It! Colorful Chain Mail Jewelry with Rubber O-Rings. Lark Books.

Vogel, M. (2020). Beadcrochet from a simple rope to a beaded sphere (1st ed.). Marlies Vogel.

Wigington, M. (2011). How to Crochet: Bead-tube Jewelry. Annie's Attic.

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