A History of Jewellery


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...]

How to Custom Package your Jewellery


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...]

Top Tools for Beginners

I can remember (some time ago) being given a tool list when I first went to University, which filled me with bewilderment and a good degree of trepidation! Of course I can look back now with some amusement as experience has taught me about the type of tools which are essential to my work, but also more importantly which ones I prefer to use. The tools of your trade will become … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Topaz

Topaz, in its natural form is colourless; however the shade we associate with November is the yellow/orange variety which is sometimes known as ‘sherry topaz’ or ‘precious topaz’. It is one of the most valuable colours of topaz along with the pale pink variety which is rare and usually heat-treated yellow material. Sherry Topaz Crystal Within the jewellery industry, the … [Read more...]

Autumn/Winter Trends 2015: Geometric

The ‘Geometric Trend’ is one which lends itself particularly well to jewellery. Whether it is translated via colour or shape, the raw materials of precious metals and finely cut gemstones are the perfect ingredients to create an item of geometric beauty. Stylistically, most of us tend to think of pieces from the Art Deco era when referencing geometric jewellery. The brooch … [Read more...]

Products of the Sea

Aside from pearls, (which I have covered in previous articles), the rich minerals and deposits found in our oceans produce a range of unique materials perfect for use in jewellery making: Coral: Coral is basically the skeletal remains of a marine organism known as coral polyps. It grows into vast tree-like structures forming branches of vivid red, pink, white and blue which … [Read more...]

Autumn/Winter Trends 2015: Victorian Punk

Over the coming months we are going to be taking a closer look at some of the main trends you can expect to see this Autumn/Winter season. They can be loosely broken down into five categories: 70’s Style, Vintage Glamour, Fantastic Floral, Geometric and Victorian Punk which is where we will start. Swarovski Cross Bead One of the most dominant trends visible this … [Read more...]

Summer Trends 2015

One of the most interesting Summer Trends this year has to be the Ear Climber. It has been lovely to see designers focusing their innovative skills on earrings which have been much neglected in recent years. There seems to be no hard and fast rules with these quirky little jewels; some just have a post and butterfly and rely on careful positioning to stay in place, where as … [Read more...]

Celtic Jewellery: A Look at the Historic Meaning

How Classic Celtic Design Evolved Into Celtic Jewellery Designs The exact origins of Celtic design are somewhat impossible to determine, and are subject to wide and varied speculation. There are however certain facts that can be used to contextualise the characteristics and give them some bearing on what we understand to be ‘Celtic’ in style today. The History of … [Read more...]

Review: Fimo Professional

by Jo Varney ‘Fimo Professional’ is actually ‘Fimo Classic’ which has been re-branded and updated by Staedtler. In a statement put out by the company in 2014, Staedtler states that the changes in the popular polymer clay have been made ‘to reflect the high demands placed on the product by artists’. In short this translates into modern, new packaging which is re-sealable, a … [Read more...]