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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Julie McKenzie

Julie McKenzie likes to make use of semi-precious stones in her designs, especially Koroit Opals which feature in her collection of cuff bangles. She shared a bit more about her time in jewellery making in the following Designer of the Month interview, including her top tips for running a successful jewellery business and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]