Reviews: Professional Jewelry Making by Alan Revere

“AuClock Magazine,” Denmark
Reviewed by: Sergei Gorioukhin, Goldsmith

Even the classic work can be improved if you have vision and determination! Every real artist, artisan and craftsman. But what does it take? Is it possible to look at the classic task with modern eyes? That's at least what added up to this examination of traditional techniques of Jewel's classic work . The classic consists of course in the optimum use of the opportunities that lie in the material, but how do you do it in an innovative, visionary way?

The property of the classic work of art is first and foremost in the immediate beauty, but it is not enough! It should also be rigorously structured in its beauty, i.e. all the inherent possibilities in both material and tools must be used optimally - and yet light and elegant as it was all created as a simple, harmonious and natural unit. In addition, comes the requirement for subjective matter: The work must radiate a specific, individual message. But how to make it work in practice?

Here comes Alan Revere with his inspiring work to our aid. With its 35 classical tasks - by 18 basic and 17 advanced tasks - is "Professional Jewelry Making" an excellent example of the mandatory jeweler handbook. You will probably pass through tasks such as cluster ring, hollow bangle and medallion. All tasks are supported by technical drawings and proposals for tools. The book's beautiful and descriptive imagery makes the tasks easily accessible and inspiring to begin with. 
 The book starts with a fine illustrated qreview of the industry's various tools and basic techniques. The book ends with an appendix containing formularies and brief information about precious stones.

Alan Revere was born in the United States, but the book and tasks are clearly influenced by the fact that he has taken his goldsmith training in Pforzheim. He has written numerous books, taught for many years and has been president of the "American Jewelry Design Council." This book is a bestseller in the U.S. and is now in its 4th print. The book is quite natural mandatory in many schools. Reviews of the work have not surprisingly been extraordinarily positive, as Jurgen J. Maerz, who believes that the book is a "must" for all those people who work professionally with jewelry making.

This book is also for the experienced practitioner of fine craft. As Alan Revere says, "Each project you create is perfect just as it is. And every project could stand a little improvement. "You must both be satisfied with what you create - and yet not, because even the perfect can need some improvement when the artist and the craftsman united in the same person and the same product!

Ray Wenneker
Rite-It online review

The other day I received the above book from Tim McCreight of Brynmorgen Press. I own an original copy of this publication, but had never reviewed same. Members at a workshop that I attended were praising the book, so for me it was a "must have."

Upon taking off the shrink wrap and opening the first page, I had a very strong olfactory sensation. It felt as though I had just stepped into an elegant automotive showroom and had opened the door of a new vehicle. My senses told me that I was in for a wonderful ride on a jewelry making adventure. The beautiful front cover of the book was a further affirmation of the well defined learning experiences appropriately outlined in "gold."

The pictorial content pages are well laid out similar to a dash panel on a superior automobile. No guess work here.

The author covered each and every aspect of getting started. This was much like the manual found in a car's glove compartment. No foreign language mumble jumble here, just straight forward talk. Each and every project was presented with beautiful photographs, thorough instructions, with lists of material and tools. I felt exhilarated.

Alan Revere is a visionary. He has presented us with a masterful book. I felt like I was on a terrific joy ride as I turned the key and set out to explore each and every page before me.