Gemstone Focus: Fancy Sapphires

All gem-quality corundum which isn’t red is classified as Sapphire. However, the term Fancy Sapphire is used to describe stones which are neither red, blue nor colourless, so there are four different types of Sapphire in theory. But to complicate matters further, you will also find other coloured Sapphires with specific names (such as Padparadscha and Pink Sapphire), so the … [Read more...]

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 12th of November, and it is on this day the nation falls silent at the eleventh hour to take a moment to honour and remember our war dead. Armistice Day is always the 11th of November, as this is the anniversary of the day in 1918 when Germany surrendered to the Allies and peace was declared, bringing an end to a long and bloody … [Read more...]

The Princess Cut

In layman’s terms a princess cut stone is a square cut stone with exceptional sparkle, and they are almost as popular as the enduring round brilliant cut, but not quite! They can be easily identified by their crisp, sharp corners and the sheer number of facets visible on the underside or pavilion. This is quite different to its similar counterparts such as the emerald cut and … [Read more...]

How Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Has Evolved

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The rich history of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter still runs through the streets of Hockley today. As an area renowned for its jewellery manufacturing and trade, what better way to pay it tribute than with a look back at where it all began, and how it has evolved over time to become the ‘workshop of the world’. Learn 10 fascinating facts about the Jewellery Quarter’s … [Read more...]

Halloween Making Inspiration

If you are looking for some Halloween accessories to brighten up any party outfit then look no further, Cooksongold has everything you need to create your own quality items which will still be looking pristine long after the party has ended. ImpressArt Cross Outline Design Stamp, 6mm (999 IA26) and ImpressArt Sitting Cat Design Stamp, 6mm (999 IA94) Stamping is an … [Read more...]

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...]