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...]

Designer of the Month: Kaja Bennett

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Originally from Oslo, Kaja Bennett likes to use materials collected from Norway to make her unique designs. Her techno fossil necklaces are truly eye catching, and they are pieces which she particularly enjoys creating. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Review: Vallorbe Files

By Jo Varney When it comes to tools, quality will always outshine the competition and Vallorbe is one of those brands which stands head and shoulders above everybody else time after time. You always know when you have a Vallorbe product in your hand because quite simply it does what it is meant to do, and as many time served jewellers will know, this is not always the … [Read more...]

Review: Advanced Chain Maille

By Jo Varney You could be forgiven for thinking that chain maille is a technique which has been assigned to the past, as there is little demand today for metal based battle dress which is what we traditionally associate with it. So you may be surprised to learn that this method of linking wire actually forms the basis of a fascinating jewellery practise, which remains … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Silver Soldering

Successful soldering can be the key to a wealth of creative opportunity once mastered, and there are a range of different methods which can be used to create a strong join. Regardless of which particular technique you favour, the basics of good soldering remain the same, so here is a quick reference list for anyone new or unsure of where or how to begin. What is silver … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Jane Burtwell

Nature is a big influence on the pieces made by jewellery designer Jane Burtwell, who takes her inspiration for a lot of everything she makes from when out walking or riding her horse. Discover more about her background, what she has learnt from her time in the industry and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [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...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Maricy Takahashi

Maricy Takahashi likes to take inspiration for her beautiful jewellery pieces from a combination of her Brazilian and Japanese roots, and likes to experiment with texture and forms when creating new designs. Read more about her time in the jewellery making industry in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [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...]