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...]

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...]

How To Use Headpins And Eyepins

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Using headpins and eyepins for jewellery making is an essential skill that, once mastered, will help you create a number of designs with minimal effort. Forming wire loops using headpins and eyepins is primarily to secure beads into place, but they don’t just have to be functional. A simple method can be used to make eyepin and headpin loops an additional feature of your … [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...]

How To Display Jewellery At A Craft Fair to Boost Sales

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Gone are the days when simply setting up your table and placing your designs on top of them guaranteed a steady stream of sales at a craft fair. To really make a mark at an established event, it’s vital to come up with some fresh craft fair display ideas that will set you apart from the hundreds of other jewellers in attendance. Take a look at our guide on how to display your … [Read more...]

Do I Need Insurance For My Jewellery Business?

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As a jewellery maker moving into the world of running a jewellery business, it pays to know the ins and outs of the legal requirements and obligations that come along with setting up a business. A key part of ensuring the safety of your assets, and your business, is to organise insurance for your jewellery business. There are a range of different options to consider when … [Read more...]

Top 10 Mother’s Day Makes

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we couldn’t resist pulling together some of our favourite ideas to inspire your jewellery designs this year. Whether you work with clay, love metal stamping or are a bead fanatic (or maybe even something else), there are plenty of ways that you can make any Mum’s day by creating something special from our extensive range of jewellery making … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Setting Up An Online Jewellery Business

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Setting up an online jewellery business is undoubtedly an exciting prospect, but one that comes with questions like ‘where do I start?’ and ‘do I have enough know-how to make this work?’ These questions are completely reasonable – every jewellery business owner has them at first.  But while you may have questions about how to start a jewellery business online, there are some … [Read more...]

What’s New in Storage?

By Jo Varney Let’s face it; any well organised workshop needs good storage. We have all experienced (I’m sure) those frustrating situations when you can’t find your favourite pair of pliers or that carefully sourced stone, so take control of your work area and get prepared with some of our fabulous new storage solutions which are new this month. Magnetic Tool Holder 45cm … [Read more...]

How to Custom Package your Jewellery

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How to use custom jewellery packaging to sell your pieces Bespoke jewellery packaging is the first and lasting memory that your customer will have once they receive their purchase from your online store. Unique jewellery packaging ideas can go a long way when it comes to ensuring that your customer returns when your new collection arrives. A carefully wrapped package will … [Read more...]