Designer of the Month: Anne Lise Hestness

Born in Norway, Anne Lise Hestness has been making jewellery for over 30 years so has plenty of experience when it comes to designing and making her pieces. Discover what she has learnt from her time in the industry, where she gets her inspiration and more in the following Designer of the Month interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Metal Stamping

Metal stamping is the process of striking metal, using a shaped former or cutter to make an impression and a hammer to create the force. It can be done by hand or machine, but for our purposes in this blog post, we will be talking about the hand process. Stamping is a great way of adding pattern and texture to metal in a short space of time, and can be achieved very simply … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Emma Hall

Working with polymer clay led self-taught jeweller Emma Hall into working with precious metal clay, which she now uses to create a variety of stunning silver pieces. We spoke to her more about her inspiration and 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, study and … [Read more...]

Review: Hot Connections Jewellery

By Jo Varney Hot Connections Jewellery is a large paperback book focusing on the subject of soldering techniques. It is marketed as a guide that will ‘take your jewellery making skills to the next level’, and it is written by Jennifer Chin who is a teacher and metalsmith working in Boston in the USA. This is her first book. Comprising of 160 pages spread across six … [Read more...]

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...]

How To Sell My Jewellery On Instagram

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In this modern world of social media and digital marketing, there are few better sites to sell your jewellery on than Instagram. As a visual gallery for your products, brand and personality, Instagram is the perfect platform to use to sell your products. Learn how to market on Instagram to benefit your business from our helpful guide. What Are The Benefits of Selling Products … [Read more...]

Do I Need An Accountant For My Small Jewellery Business?

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You’ve finally set up your dream business and your beautiful jewellery is starting to sell. But managing the jewellery accounting and finances can be tough to handle, especially for new starters. So when is the best time to invest in an accountant? Read our helpful guide for tips and help when it comes to accounting for small businesses. Accounting For Small Businesses: Do I … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Ear Threads

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko These delicate ear threads are so light you will not realise you are wearing them, perfect for those with sensitive ear piercings which become tender with heavy earring wear. The ear thread is firmly soldered to the ear post but does not produce additional bulk, it is a smooth connection.  The tiny box chain is so tightly linked that it … [Read more...]

How To Torch Fire Enamel

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Teaching yourself how to torch fire enamel? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Although it can be an intimidating project at first glance, torch enamelling is a simple way of creating varied finishes that will stand out, and help you to refine your torch firing techniques. Use our step–by-step-guide below on how to torch fire enamel, and you’ll be creating … [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...]