Material Focus: Argentium

Argentium logo, Featuring the Winged Unicorn

Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever alloy for those who choose to … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Metal Stamping

Metal stamping is the process of striking metal, using a shaped former or cutter to make an impression and a hammer to create the force. It can be done by hand or machine, but for our purposes in this blog post, we will be talking about the hand process. Stamping is a great way of adding pattern and texture to metal in a short space of time, and can be achieved very simply … [Read more...]

Findings Favourites

By Jo Varney It’s all about Findings at Cooksongold with the launch of our lovely new Essential Guide to Jewellery Findings as well as our new Findings and Chain catalogue for 2017, so I thought I would take the opportunity to sing the praises of some of my favourites and share with you the reasons why. The purists amongst you will say that we should all be making our own … [Read more...]

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...]