Top 5: Tools for Working with Precious Metal Clay

Precious metal clay is a fabulously accessible material which happily requires few actual tools to work with. Instead, with a few simple accessories and consumables it is perfectly possible to produce professional looking jewellery at a fraction of the cost of a traditional jeweller’s set-up. In this post, we are taking a look at some of our customer’s favourite clay tools and … [Read more...]

Top 5: Boxes and Packaging

At this time of year, boxes and packaging come into their own, as the way a gift looks from the outside becomes as important as what is contained within. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at the bestselling boxes and packaging within the Cooksongold range, to see what customers are buying right now as the Christmas season swings into action. Black Leatherette … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Lapis Lazuli

Unlike most stones, the beautiful rich blue tones of Lapis Lazuli are created from a number of different minerals combined rather than just one. Lapis (to use it’s shortened name) usually comprises of either pyrite, lazurite, sodalite, calcite and hauyne in varying amounts, and the exact composition of each specemin determines how rich the overall colour is. For example, … [Read more...]

Top 5: Metal Forming Tools

One of the most fundamental processes in jewellery making is metal forming, which is the manipulation of metal in its raw state to change it into a different shape using a variety of tools. In the long run, a number of different jewellery tools can be required for metal forming depending on your work, but it is possible to manage with a few basic items when starting out as a … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Agate

Agate is very similar in its composition to Quartz (Silicon Dioxide), but can be identified from its distinctive curved banding which occurs in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and recognisable effects is the concentric banding, which is similar in appearance to the inside of a tree trunk when sliced through. Due to its porosity, Agate is often dyed to … [Read more...]

Top 5: Jewellery Soldering Tools

Soldering, the process of permanently joining two metal components together, is a popular jewellery making technique used by jewellers of all skill levels. It is achieved via the application of heat, normally with a blow torch which produces a controllable flame. Jewellery soldering can require a variety of jewellery making tools and it can be hard to select the right ones for … [Read more...]

Top Ten Jewellery Findings

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Creating precious metal jewellery requires quality craftsmanship, bullion and tools – everything you choose from start to finish will determine the outcome of your latest design which is why at Cooksongold we ensure that we provide quality all of the way. From our jewellery tools to bullion and our jewellery findings and more, we aim to provide leading products in order to … [Read more...]

Top 5: Gemstones

So if you had to guess, what do you think our bestselling gemstones would be? Read on to discover what our most popular stones are right now and find out if your instincts are correct. You might find a few surprises in store... Sky Blue Topaz, Round, 4mm (product code 61TO ADTF) Sky Blue Topaz, Round, 4mm With blue being one of the most popular colours across the globe, I … [Read more...]

Review: Beadalon Artistic Wire Findings Forms

by Lorraine Sanderson Beadalon is a brand synonymous with quality within the jewellery making community, and their Artistic Wire Findings Forming Jig is a must have, in my opinion, in order to achieve symmetry and consistency in your jewellery. Each jig has a full set of written and pictorial instructions making it easy to follow, along with the most suitable gauges of wire to … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Jade

What we commonly refer to as Jade is in actual fact two slightly different minerals, known as Jadeite and Nephrite. Both have been used for centuries to produce decorative carvings which are particularly prevalent in China to this day; however the practice is said to date back over 2000 years and has produced some truly magnificent results. Nephrite Jade Both Jadeite and … [Read more...]