Material Focus: Argentium

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Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever alloy for those who choose to … [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...]

Introducing Our Swarovski® Gemstone Range…

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The team at Cooksongold is pleased to share our exciting new range of Swarovski Genuine Gemstones and Created Stones! The established Swarovski brand solidifies the expert and high quality requirements that are so important to Cooksongold’s stock, allowing us to help you create beautiful jewellery, time and time again. Discover more about our new range of Swarovski Genuine … [Read more...]

How To Use A Pulse Arc Welder

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Technology continues to make jewellery manufacturing processes quicker, with home studios now better able than ever before to produce larger volumes of precious metal designs. The key is investment in the right pieces of kit. Revolutionising the way that we create metal designs, the pulse arc welder is the tool that is helping jewellers spend less time soldering and more time … [Read more...]

Professional Silversmith Tools Guide: Our Top Five

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Our Top Five Professional Soldering Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier You may be new to soldering. You may have been soldering for years and formed your own techniques and tricks that make soldering jewellery simpler. But have you seen the latest in professional silversmith tools that could speed up your soldering process and make your jewellery production quicker? Take … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Pawel Lech

Pawel Lech is a self-taught jewellery maker who has been in the industry for nearly 15 years, and he is a big fan of using silver when creating his varied range of pieces. Discover more about Pawel’s work and his advice for new jewellery makers in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in … [Read more...]

How To Steam Clean Jewellery Professionally

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As a professional jeweller, you may get requests from customers about the best way to clean their jewellery. Over time, all precious metal pieces will require cleaning to bring them back to their original shine – it doesn’t matter how often the piece is wiped over with a polishing cloth, or soaked in soapy water and rinsed, there’s no better way of cleaning jewellery than with … [Read more...]

How To Use Polishing Compounds

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Polishing precious metal jewellery pieces requires a little knowledge about different types of polishing compounds and buffing tools, and even more practice in order to get the technique just right. But, with some basic know-how and the supplies you’ll need to create a professional finish, the process will soon become second nature. Here’s what you need to know to get … [Read more...]

Review: Compendium of Beading Techniques

By Jo Varney “Just like having an expert on call 24 hours a day – here are the answers to any beading questions or dilemmas you might have.” Beading and all the phraseology that goes along with it can be a confusing subject, particularly for a beginner. So, when a book comes along which claims to contain encyclopaedic knowledge of the topic as well as trade secrets and … [Read more...]

The Marquise Cut

The marquise cut (also known as the navette cut, the eye cut, the boat shaped cut or the football shaped cut) is one of the most distinctive and expensive of stone cuts available. If you were to draw an imaginary rectangle around the edge of a marquise cut stone, it becomes very plain to see just how much wastage is created during the cutting process of each stone – and that is … [Read more...]