Review: Swarovski Pear Shaped Pendants

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Swarovski® is a name associated with high quality crystal beads and high end jewellery. There are many suppliers selling crystal which may be acrylic, glass or plastic, but Swarovski® is a brand that almost everyone interested in jewellery will have heard of, and it comes with high expectations. Today I will be reviewing some of the … [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...]

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 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...]