Gemstone Focus: Malachite

Malachite is one of those distinctive stones which really cannot be mistaken for anything else. Its characteristic strong and dense green colour, coupled with its trademark light and dark banding, make it quite unique and unlike any other gemstone. The name ‘malachite’ is believed to be derived from the Greek words molochitis lithos, which essentially means ‘mallow green … [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...]

The Emerald Cut

The emerald cut is quite different from the popular brilliant cut, and was originally developed (as the name suggests) for emeralds, not diamonds. The idea behind it was to create a series of ‘steps’ and facets round the edge of a rectangular ‘table’, which would catch the flashes of light exhibited by good quality Emeralds. It has since grown significantly in popularity, and … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Moissanite

Moissanite is something of a new phenomenon in the jewellery world, having been created and perfected by Charles and Colvard in the early 1990s. It is in fact a lab created version of a natural gem, which was discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan who would go on to be a Nobel Prize winning scientist. Moissanite available from Cooksongold  The basis of Moissanite is silicon … [Read more...]

The Brilliant Cut

The modern day ‘brilliant cut’ is by far the most popular type of cut used for diamonds today, in fact it is rumoured that 9 out of every 10 stones cut is a brilliant cut, which is quite some statistic! The brilliant cut is produced in such a way as to ensure that the maximum amount of light can be reflected through the front of a gem, which is particularly effective in … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2017

Nobody could say that we are not romantic here at Cooksongold, and we have ensured that our ranges reflect this with some great ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts this month. We have some fabulous finished jewellery and packaging for those looking for a gift ready to give; but also many projects and love inspired findings for those with a little more time to spare – and some of … [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...]

Review: Mounting and Setting Stones

By Jo Varney Mounting and Setting Stones is one in a series of illustrative design manuals which come under the banner of ‘design and make’. Other topics in the range include ‘Mixed Media Jewellery’, ‘Jewellery Using Textile Techniques’ and ‘Paper Jewellery’ amongst others, and provide well regarded, comprehensive teaching in each area backed up with clear diagrams and … [Read more...]

What’s New at Cooksongold for 2017

It’s always nice to start a New Year with some new additions to your toolkit. Perhaps you have some Christmas money still to spend or you experienced bumper sales of your own this year – whatever the reason, let us inspire you with some of the numerous new and exciting products we’ve added to our range recently. ImpressArt is a brand which has really grown in momentum over … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Jet

In terms of mineral classification, Jet is what we call an ‘organic’ as it is derived from something which was once living. Jet is formed over millions of years from wood which has been immersed in water, and subsequently become fossilized as it has compacted. It is black or dark brown in appearance, and is perhaps most associated with the mourning jewellery of the 19th Century … [Read more...]