A Jeweller’s Guide To Birthstones By Month

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Wondering how to make birthstone jewellery? Using Zodiac birthstones in your jewellery pieces is a great way for your customers to feel they’re displaying an extra slice of their personality – whether it’s with rings, necklaces or bracelets. From their hardness, their specific properties, what other gems to pair them with and how to use them in your work, find out everything … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is a type of chatoyant quartz along with Hawk’s Eye and Quartz Cat’s Eye. They each display the same characteristics, which are a fibrous structure and inclusions of crocidolite (better known as blue asbestos), creating the infamous ‘cats eye’ effect or chatoyancy that Tiger’s Eye is synonymous with. Tiger's Eye Round Cabochon Gemstone (product code … [Read more...]

A Guide To Swarovski Gemstone Cuts

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What’s the ideal type of gemstone cut for your latest project? Looking to use Swarovski gemstones in your next jewellery piece? Whether you have a specific gemstone in mind or you’re open to ideas, getting to know the basic gemstones cuts as well as the variety of faceted options available will help you expand on your current design ideas. From square cut to cushion cut, pear … [Read more...]

What is The Black Spinel Gemstone

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Ever spotted a black gemstone and thought ‘that would be the ideal look for my latest collection of rings’? We’ve got just the thing for your latest designs. Black gemstones have made a resurgence in popularity, and, although you may have used deeply coloured rubies and sapphires before, you might not have come across naturally occurring black spinel gemstones. Get to know … [Read more...]

Swarovski Stone Setting Guide

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Are you an experienced jeweller who works with gemstones and stone setting techniques every day? Or are you just starting out and getting to know different types of setting? Wherever you are in your jewellery-making career, this Swarovski® stone setting guide will help you use new stone setting techniques with confidence and expand on your knowledge base of more complex … [Read more...]

Introducing Our Swarovski® Gemstone Range…

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The team at Cooksongold is pleased to share our exciting new range of Swarovski Genuine Gemstones and Created Stones! The established Swarovski brand solidifies the expert and high quality requirements that are so important to Cooksongold’s stock, allowing us to help you create beautiful jewellery, time and time again. Discover more about our new range of Swarovski Genuine … [Read more...]

Summer Trends 2017

This summer, the much anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones returns to our screens to the delight of millions of avid fans the world over. One of the lead characters Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Dragons has become as famous for her fabulous outfits, as she has for her ruthless pursuit of the throne of the 7 Kingdoms – and the jewellery she wears is a very big part of … [Read more...]

Review: Glass Charm Beads

By Jo Varney There is no disputing the enduring popularity of jewel coloured glass charm beads. However, with some brands charging up to £40 per bead it can become an eye wateringly expensive hobby! Glass Charm Beads, Blue and White Abstract Pattern or Yellow with Blue Flowers (product codes 61GL CB71 and 61GL CB45) I believe it’s a common misconception that the only … [Read more...]

The Marquise Cut

The marquise cut (also known as the navette cut, the eye cut, the boat shaped cut or the football shaped cut) is one of the most distinctive and expensive of stone cuts available. If you were to draw an imaginary rectangle around the edge of a marquise cut stone, it becomes very plain to see just how much wastage is created during the cutting process of each stone – and that is … [Read more...]

Gifts for Dad

By Jo Varney Father’s Day is fast approaching and sometimes Dads can be notoriously tricky to buy for! If you feel like mixing things up a little this year and finding an alternative to the standard PJs, socks and Liquorice Allsorts, then look no further – I have gathered together a selection of some of the best new products available from the Cooksongold range, and I can … [Read more...]