I'm going to put a wide variety of links on this page - things I find useful or just plain interesting. If you e-mail me something you think will enhance this page, I'll check it out.
Ring Size conversion and calculations:
Ganoksin is Orchid - THE forum for jewelry makers and enthusiasts around the world
Revere Academy - probably the best jewelry making school around
This is a fascinating study about modeling the passage of light through diamond. Go to "Cut Study" , then go to #14 or #17 or #18. The rest is interesting too, but those are the ray-traced models.
A paper about Chemistry for Metalsmiths - very popular
Chemistry for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Someone liked my paper, above, and sent me the following link. Very complete, very interesting, some good for kids. Chemistry, elements, metals, and more:
Metals and The Periodic Table
\How To Make Vulcanized Rubber Molds
Ray-Traced Diamond Models
Interesting History of Ornamental Turning:
Australian Turners: Peninsula Woodturner's Guild
Gem and jewelry calculations. Weights, estimating metals, etc.
Engravers worth looking at:
Various Aids for Buying Diamonds:
Shapes, colors, famous diamonds: Diamond Shapes
Really Complete Guide to Diamond Buying
Platinum Guild Publications:
Minerology, with beautiful photos:
And a minerology page for kids that somone made from the above links, partly:
Encyclopedia of American Silver Marks:
Huge Forum targeted to retail jewelry buyers. Very informative. Strictly moderated. Good site.
China, Crystal, Silver Patterns. You have to see to believe.
Just a really cool place.
The Metal Arts Guild
Airplanes, airplanes, airplanes: Everything Aviation
I think of guns as mechanisms, not shooting, really: World-Guns
You'll think this is silly, but I don't think there's anything in the world related to plumbing they don't have, plus knowlege. Look, you'll see: Everything Plumbing
Library & Information Technology Association
Everything about everything: RefDesk VirtualRef
Online Translation: Babelfish
Internet Art Gateway: Art Resources
Every time you think you want to forward that message about people blowing up in public - "It's true, my friend saw it!", go here first: Urban Legends
Go to the Google Home page (not the search box, the home page), type "asshole" in the box, and hit, "I'm Feeling Lucky". It's clean, just an homage to Dubya.
Library of Congress
Chemistry and Science:
Interactive Periodic Table
Hubble Space Telescope
JPL Photo Database
Six Degrees of Separation for Rock and Roll: Rock Family Tree
The BEST streaming Classical Music 24/7 - XLNC
Probably the biggest collection of recipes from real people online: AllRecipes.com
Everthing anybody needs to know about film and cinema. VAST resources: Internet Movie Database
35,000,000 Rare and Used Books: Biblio
Calculate geometric shapes in many ways: Geometry Calculator
Spot Metal Prices Kitco
1800 Antique Dealers from 29 Countries. Art, jewelry, furniture - many thousands of items. Cool place for browsing: Go Antiques
And a Couple of Our Retail Friends: In Union Square, San Francisco Cresalia Jewelers
On Upper Polk, more of a Jewelry Gallery: Velvet da Vinci