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...]

Exhibitions and Shows to Look Out for in 2017

Exhibitions and shows are a fantastic way to draw inspiration for your own work, whilst enjoying and maybe even buying other people’s designs. We are very lucky in this country to have access to a diverse range of museums and galleries, who offer a constantly changing array of objects and images to stimulate the imagination. The UK also plays host to a vibrant circuit of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A History of Jewellery

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Jewellery has always been a part of our culture, and through time, has been produced from various kinds of materials. Journey with us through different eras to see jewellery history evolve from the early modern era right up to the 21st century – perhaps a brief history of jewellery may inspire some creative designs for your own jewellery making projects. Early Jewellery … [Read more...]

Perfect Gifts for Easter

By Jo Varney Everybody celebrates Easter in their own particular way. Regardless of religion, most families and communities will come together for a meal of some sort and indulge in the exchange of small gifts, and (the maybe not so small) chocolate eggs to celebrate new life and also the coming of Spring. To me Easter is a happy and hopeful time of year filled with … [Read more...]

Wedding Jewellery Trends 2017

According to Rachel Tierney writing for the Telegraph, this year’s three main wedding jewellery trends are: vintage glamour, romantic florals and modern minimalism, each with their own distinctive style. Within this article we will look at these trends more closely, identifying the key features of each, which can then be applied to your own designs. So, if you have a wedding to … [Read more...]

Top Gifts for Mum

By Jo Varney Woe betides anyone who forgets Mother’s Day (which if you don’t already know is March 26th this year). Upset Mum and you could be regretting it for days, weeks or maybe even months if you’ve been really bad! So, to ensure that doesn’t happen why not browse through some of our Mother’s Day inspired gifts? To give you a helping hand you will find some of our top … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Moissanite

Moissanite is something of a new phenomenon in the jewellery world, having been created and perfected by Charles and Colvard in the early 1990s. It is in fact a lab created version of a natural gem, which was discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan who would go on to be a Nobel Prize winning scientist. Moissanite available from Cooksongold  The basis of Moissanite is silicon … [Read more...]