Elizabeth Olver is currently the design director for Annoushka Jewelry was formerly the jewelry designer for Links of London. She’s written two books on jewelry design that belong in the library of anyone interested in improving their jewelry design skills:
Jewelry Design: The Artisan’s Reference includes hundreds of pictures of shape, texture, and finishes for all kinds of jewelry along with an explanation of how the piece was made. This not a how-to book, but rather, an inspirational reference guide.
The Art of Jewelry Design: From Idea Into Reality explores the process of making jewelry from the initial design stage, to prototyping, choosing materials, discussion of fabrication techniques and examines practical considerations for designing and making a new piece of jewelry.
Both books are out of print but you can find used copies for sale on Amazon. There are other printings of these books with different covers, but they are the same books as those pictured above.
Elizabeth Olver also wrote a quick, dirty compendium of information on a myriad of jewelry making techniques. It does not fall into the ‘must have” category because there are a number of very good technique books but, it is an excellent handy reference source.
The Jewelry Making Techniques Book is also available on Amazon.
Finally, two more excellent technique books I highly recommend for reference and information
The Complete Jewelry Making Course by Jinks McGrath, available on Amazon, and
The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young, also available on Amazon.