Gemstone Focus: Malachite

Malachite is one of those distinctive stones which really cannot be mistaken for anything else. Its characteristic strong and dense green colour, coupled with its trademark light and dark banding, make it quite unique and unlike any other gemstone. The name ‘malachite’ is believed to be derived from the Greek words molochitis lithos, which essentially means ‘mallow green … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Sally Grice

Sally Grice takes the inspiration for her stunning silver clay pieces from nature, creating jewellery based on the flora and fauna of the natural world. She talked to us in the following Designer of the Month interview about how she makes her designs, upcoming trends in metal clay and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in … [Read more...]

How To Sell My Jewellery On Instagram

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In this modern world of social media and digital marketing, there are few better sites to sell your jewellery on than Instagram. As a visual gallery for your products, brand and personality, Instagram is the perfect platform to use to sell your products. Learn how to market on Instagram to benefit your business from our helpful guide. What Are The Benefits of Selling Products … [Read more...]

The Colours of Spring

It is widely accepted that one of, if not the biggest colour story of 2017 is green. It is everywhere from interiors to fashion, but thankfully green is a colour that most of us can associate with in one form or another thanks to its direct link with nature. Polymer Clay Leaf Beads (product code 67SY FI06) Green is at its freshest at this time of year, as the leaves … [Read more...]

Do I Need An Accountant For My Small Jewellery Business?

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You’ve finally set up your dream business and your beautiful jewellery is starting to sell. But managing the jewellery accounting and finances can be tough to handle, especially for new starters. So when is the best time to invest in an accountant? Read our helpful guide for tips and help when it comes to accounting for small businesses. Accounting For Small Businesses: Do I … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Ear Threads

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko These delicate ear threads are so light you will not realise you are wearing them, perfect for those with sensitive ear piercings which become tender with heavy earring wear. The ear thread is firmly soldered to the ear post but does not produce additional bulk, it is a smooth connection.  The tiny box chain is so tightly linked that it … [Read more...]

How To Torch Fire Enamel

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Teaching yourself how to torch fire enamel? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Although it can be an intimidating project at first glance, torch enamelling is a simple way of creating varied finishes that will stand out, and help you to refine your torch firing techniques. Use our step–by-step-guide below on how to torch fire enamel, and you’ll be creating … [Read more...]

The Emerald Cut

The emerald cut is quite different from the popular brilliant cut, and was originally developed (as the name suggests) for emeralds, not diamonds. The idea behind it was to create a series of ‘steps’ and facets round the edge of a rectangular ‘table’, which would catch the flashes of light exhibited by good quality Emeralds. It has since grown significantly in popularity, and … [Read more...]

Review: Knew Concepts

By Jo Varney Marketed with the tagline, ‘a cut above’, Knew Concepts offer a range of state of the art jewellery tools which aim to maximise efficiency and productivity. They are known for their great design and superior quality materials, so when I was asked to road test a range of their products, I was very interested to see how they measured up, in terms of performance … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Linda Peppercorn

Jewellery maker Linda Peppercorn’s designs each feature their own unique piece of sea glass, hand collected by herself from County Durham. The unique colour, size and shape of the sea glass varies from piece to piece so she bases her designs around the individuality of each, which she spoke to us about in the below interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]