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...]

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...]

Successfully Sell Your Jewellery Online with Social Media

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Successfully sell your jewellery online with social media Wondering how can I sell my jewellery online? When you’re starting out as a small jewellery business it can be difficult to engage with customers online – but more and more small businesses are now harnessing the extensive reach that social media can bring. By setting up and carefully managing a range of social media … [Read more...]

Expert Advice on How to Price Your Jewellery

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How To Price Handmade Jewellery Pieces Competitively Pricing handmade jewellery often means walking a fine line, balancing the need to compete without devaluing your efforts and the time it takes to put together your designs. Profitability is the end goal, so making a realistic assessment of the cost of each and every piece, together with your overheads, is … [Read more...]

5 Top Tips On Applying To a Jewellery Craft Fair

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Are you in the process of filling out craft fair application forms? If this is your first time submitting craft show applications, you may be wondering about the competition, what the organisers are looking for and whether or not you’re going to win a prime spot on this year’s circuit. There are some tried and tested tips that you can use to help you apply to the best crafts … [Read more...]

What To Buy The Jewellery Maker In Your Life

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Inspirational Gifts For Jewellery Makers Are you searching for the perfect gift for the jewellery maker in your life this holiday season? Perhaps your partner has been wishing for a luxury beading tool? Or you’re buying for a budding silversmith, looking to learn a new skill? Agonising over which gifts to buy can be stressful. That’s why we’ve put together our top gift ideas … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Agate

Agate is very similar in its composition to Quartz (Silicon Dioxide), but can be identified from its distinctive curved banding which occurs in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and recognisable effects is the concentric banding, which is similar in appearance to the inside of a tree trunk when sliced through. Due to its porosity, Agate is often dyed to … [Read more...]

Halloween 2016 at Cooksongold

So Halloween isn’t for everyone, and for those of you who don’t have children wanting to dress up and partake in pumpkin carving and all the general ‘spookery’ associated with October the 31st, it might just be something that you can’t wait to be over. However, year on year Halloween seems to grow in momentum to the extent where it is now difficult to ignore. If you are looking … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: What is amber and how is it formed?

Natural Amber, Round Cabochon (61AB BPMA) Amber is probably one of the most easily recognisable ‘gemstones’ in existence – and I use the term ‘gemstone’ very loosely, because amber is in fact not a stone at all but an organic plant resin which has become fossilised over millions of years. The distinctive warm yellow/orange colour of the raw amber stone is quite unlike any … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline (61TR JJMV) ‘Tourmaline’ is a general family name for gemstones which have a complex borosilicate crystal structure. It comes in a huge variety of different colours, each of which is named individually. Some of the more distinctive varieties, like the Watermelon Tourmaline, are easily recognised and quite readily available, but there are other more exotic … [Read more...]