How To Steam Clean Jewellery Professionally

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As a professional jeweller, you may get requests from customers about the best way to clean their jewellery. Over time, all precious metal pieces will require cleaning to bring them back to their original shine – it doesn’t matter how often the piece is wiped over with a polishing cloth, or soaked in soapy water and rinsed, there’s no better way of cleaning jewellery than with … [Read more...]

Different Types Of Buffing Wheels & Polishing Mops

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Which Wheels, Mops And Buffs Should I Use? The world of jewellery polishing equipment is vast and difficult to navigate when you first start out. Even as you build your kit of jewellery making tools and supplies, and create your own style of jewellery-making, knowing which wheels, mops and buffs to use for a professional finish can be complex. That’s why we’ve put together … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

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Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Durston

W Durston Ltd is a leading British manufacturer of quality tools to the jewellery industry. Their original area of focus was rolling mills, but more recently they have expanded the range to include more forming tools such as disc cutters and dapping sets, along with more general purpose items such as benches and pegs which have proved to be extremely popular here at … [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...]

A Brief History of Jewellery Hallmarking

Assay Office Marks (image source: The Assay Office) Where do jewellery hallmarks come from? The origins of jewellery hallmarking can be traced as far back as 1238 A.D when the first standards of gold and silver quality were officially laid down. However, the true beginning of hallmarking as we know it today dates from 1300 A.D. and was introduced by a statute of Edward I, … [Read more...]

How To Use A Rolling Mill

Whether you have a small, large or medium sized rolling mill for precious metal projects, find out the facts before getting to grips with rolling sheet metal. Use our guide below before using a rolling mill to ensure you are getting the most out of your jewellery making projects. With our handy guide, discover tips and techniques on how to use a rolling mill machine to … [Read more...]