Review: Knew Concepts

By Jo Varney Marketed with the tagline, ‘a cut above’, Knew Concepts offer a range of state of the art jewellery tools which aim to maximise efficiency and productivity. They are known for their great design and superior quality materials, so when I was asked to road test a range of their products, I was very interested to see how they measured up, in terms of performance … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Linda Peppercorn

Jewellery maker Linda Peppercorn’s designs each feature their own unique piece of sea glass, hand collected by herself from County Durham. The unique colour, size and shape of the sea glass varies from piece to piece so she bases her designs around the individuality of each, which she spoke to us about in the below interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Jewellery Into Stores

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Sell Handmade Jewellery: Selling to Retailers Selling jewellery for your own business is one thing, but selling jewellery to retailers and stores is a whole new process. Ideally, you would like to sell your jewellery to stores to boost your publicity and gain profit – but how do you do this? Selling products to retailers can be handled professionally, and with great success – … [Read more...]

A History of Jewellery

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Jewellery has always been a part of our culture, and through time, has been produced from various kinds of materials. Journey with us through different eras to see jewellery history evolve from the early modern era right up to the 21st century – perhaps a brief history of jewellery may inspire some creative designs for your own jewellery making projects. Early Jewellery … [Read more...]

Perfect Gifts for Easter

By Jo Varney Everybody celebrates Easter in their own particular way. Regardless of religion, most families and communities will come together for a meal of some sort and indulge in the exchange of small gifts, and (the maybe not so small) chocolate eggs to celebrate new life and also the coming of Spring. To me Easter is a happy and hopeful time of year filled with … [Read more...]

Findings Favourites

By Jo Varney It’s all about Findings at Cooksongold with the launch of our lovely new Essential Guide to Jewellery Findings as well as our new Findings and Chain catalogue for 2017, so I thought I would take the opportunity to sing the praises of some of my favourites and share with you the reasons why. The purists amongst you will say that we should all be making our own … [Read more...]

Review: Resin Jewellery

By Jo Varney The first thing that strikes me about the book Resin Jewellery is the colour and enthusiasm which radiates from each page. The second is the project based format, which is organised by date and works through the different eras of style one by one. This in itself is a different approach which is both accessible and fun. So, if like me you adore the colours and … [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...]

How To Build A Jewellery Brand

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Starting your own brand as a jewellery maker is an exciting time – finally, your chance has come to show the world your artwork and establish yourself in the industry. But first, it is important to know how to build a jewellery brand, and how to develop brand identity. There are a variety of different attributes to consider when deciding how to build your business brand, which … [Read more...]

Top Gifts for Mum

By Jo Varney Woe betides anyone who forgets Mother’s Day (which if you don’t already know is March 26th this year). Upset Mum and you could be regretting it for days, weeks or maybe even months if you’ve been really bad! So, to ensure that doesn’t happen why not browse through some of our Mother’s Day inspired gifts? To give you a helping hand you will find some of our top … [Read more...]