How Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Has Evolved

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The rich history of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter still runs through the streets of Hockley today. As an area renowned for its jewellery manufacturing and trade, what better way to pay it tribute than with a look back at where it all began, and how it has evolved over time to become the ‘workshop of the world’. Learn 10 fascinating facts about the Jewellery Quarter’s … [Read more...]

Halloween Making Inspiration

If you are looking for some Halloween accessories to brighten up any party outfit then look no further, Cooksongold has everything you need to create your own quality items which will still be looking pristine long after the party has ended. ImpressArt Cross Outline Design Stamp, 6mm (999 IA26) and ImpressArt Sitting Cat Design Stamp, 6mm (999 IA94) Stamping is an … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Kaja Bennett

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Originally from Oslo, Kaja Bennett likes to use materials collected from Norway to make her unique designs. Her techno fossil necklaces are truly eye catching, and they are pieces which she particularly enjoys creating. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Review: Vallorbe Files

By Jo Varney When it comes to tools, quality will always outshine the competition and Vallorbe is one of those brands which stands head and shoulders above everybody else time after time. You always know when you have a Vallorbe product in your hand because quite simply it does what it is meant to do, and as many time served jewellers will know, this is not always the … [Read more...]

How To Make Silicone Moulds For Polymer Clay

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Do you frequently use polymer clay in your jewellery making? And find that you’re a little tired of the moulds you re-use time and time again? For a fresh take on your polymer clay pieces, consider learning how to make your own silicone moulds for polymer clay pieces at home. This will give you a way of producing new, unique polymer clay pieces, and help you add a new skill to … [Read more...]

Using Facebook Ads For Jewellery Marketing

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Testing out facebook advertising as a beginner? Or perhaps your previous jewellery Facebook ads could’ve done with some improvement? Don’t give up on this process – with the right technique and by implementing the right tactics, jewellery marketing on Facebook can be a great way to increase revenue, gain awareness and promote your brand. Learn everything you need to know about … [Read more...]

Review: Advanced Chain Maille

By Jo Varney You could be forgiven for thinking that chain maille is a technique which has been assigned to the past, as there is little demand today for metal based battle dress which is what we traditionally associate with it. So you may be surprised to learn that this method of linking wire actually forms the basis of a fascinating jewellery practise, which remains … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Keychain

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Whether you’ve got a theme in mind or are still considering different ideas, making keyrings can be a simple process with help from Cooksongold. By following our simple guide using ImpressArt metal stamping equipment and metal blanks, you can make your own hand stamped keychains for your latest collection. Learn everything you need to know today from our video tutorial and … [Read more...]

How To Use A Polishing Mop

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Using a polishing mop is a vital technique required by all jewellers who work primarily with precious metals, and it’s a technique that requires a lot of practice to master. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned jewellery maker looking for some extra tips, read our guide on how to use a polishing mop effectively. Once mastered you can polish and enhance the … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Silver Soldering

Successful soldering can be the key to a wealth of creative opportunity once mastered, and there are a range of different methods which can be used to create a strong join. Regardless of which particular technique you favour, the basics of good soldering remain the same, so here is a quick reference list for anyone new or unsure of where or how to begin. What is silver … [Read more...]