Beginners’ Guide: How To Use Jump Rings

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Jump rings are a jewellery-making essential, allowing you to attach everything from chains to clasps, pendants to charms. Whether you want to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets, learning how to use jump rings will help you to create professionally finished pieces that are durable enough for everyday wear. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything from how to use … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [Read more...]

How To Sell More At Trade Shows

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Have you got your first jewellery trade shows and craft fairs lined up? Ready to take your latest collection and sell, sell, sell? You may have a beautiful collection, a well thought out display, and the perfect spot with lots of footfall, but how do you maximise sales at a trade show? Here’s our guide on getting the best out of attending jewellery trade shows, including how … [Read more...]

How To Make A Necklace Chain With Wire

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Want to find a unique look for your latest necklace designs? You can add an extra handmade touch to your pieces by learning how to make a necklace chain with wire. It’s really simple to do and will add a new look to your necklaces while helping you to develop your wire work skills for future projects. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Wire (approx. 20 gauge) … [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...]

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...]

5 Things To Avoid When Designing Jewellery

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Looking to create your latest jewellery design? Before you jump straight in, there a few things to consider that may save you time, money, and build up your brand in the process. Find out how to design jewellery effectively, and what not to do when creating your next jewellery pieces. What To Avoid When Designing Your Own Jewellery 1. Designing jewellery without a cohesive … [Read more...]

How Does An Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner Work?

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Have some old jewellery that needs a bit of TLC? By using an ultrasonic cleaner, you can create clean jewellery pieces in minutes, perfect for giving a bit of shine to some old favourites. But how do ultrasonic cleaners work? Find out everything you need to know about how ultrasonic cleaning works, and how to use ultrasonic cleaners for jewellery from our step-by-step video … [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...]