Hi Eli - and welcome to PCC and your new addiction.
I certainly agree on the Sue Heaser book - and since you have your heart set on jewelry, Donna Kato has two great books out.
Lot's of other books on jewelry are available, so I'd suggest a trip to your local library - it may help you choose.
Also there are oodles of online tutorials - here's a link to a very long list of links on my website. You'll find tutorials on jewelry making under *Projects -> Jewelry*
Have fun - ask all the questions you need to on this board - and show us what you make.