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...]

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...]

Gemstone Focus: Hematite

Hematite is an opaque stone which has a wonderful dark metallic lustre, similar in many respects to iron pyrite. They both have an iron based composition which can be differentiated by the presence of oxides in the case of hematite, and sulphides in pyrite, or fool’s gold as it is sometimes known. Both can be easily mistaken for precious metals because of their unusual metallic … [Read more...]

Winter Colours 2017

So we know that earrings are the ‘must have’ jewellery accessory of the season, (see our Autumn Trends article) but what is going on in terms of colour this winter? A quick browse around any high street will reveal a distinct colour palette of darker shades which are not unexpected at this time of year, but all of which have a bearing on the accessories we choose. Grey … [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2016

By Jo Varney Yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas has well and truly begun now that December is here and I’m sure I’m not alone in a creeping sense of slight panic which is beginning to wash over me. With so much choice at our fingertips, finding great gifts can sometimes be a bit of a daunting task. So, I have scoured the web pages on your behalf and unearthed a few … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Sliding Clasps

By Lorraine Sanderson Sliding clasps in precious metal have long been the elusive component for jewellery makers. They are seen on many designs in both the media and jewellery shops, ranging from the simple friendship/stacker bracelet to high end designer brands. However, to find the clasps to purchase individually has been like trying to find gold at the end of a rainbow. … [Read more...]

Halloween 2016 at Cooksongold

So Halloween isn’t for everyone, and for those of you who don’t have children wanting to dress up and partake in pumpkin carving and all the general ‘spookery’ associated with October the 31st, it might just be something that you can’t wait to be over. However, year on year Halloween seems to grow in momentum to the extent where it is now difficult to ignore. If you are looking … [Read more...]

Top 5: Beads and Stringing

Our Beads and Stringing category here at Cooksongold offers a wide and diverse selection of products, spanning everything from the very basic, to the completely obscure. There are far too many products to mention individually, so I thought instead I would take a look at our top 5 selling items across the subsections (Beads, Charm Beads, Base Metal, Stringing and Swarovski … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a comparatively new gemstone to the market, having only been discovered in 1967. What makes it unique is that so far it has only ever been found in one location, the Mererani Hills of the Manyana Region of Northern Tanzania, which is situated near the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian government nationalised the mines in 1971 and later split them into … [Read more...]

Tokens of Love

When it comes to tokens of affection, forget overpriced red roses and crowded meals for two, jewellery is the eternal symbol of love which will always be well received. Below are my favourites past and present to give you some inspiration this Valentine’s Day. One of the original ‘love tokens’ was popularised in Victorian times and consisted of a coin of the realm, which was … [Read more...]