Material Focus: Argentium

Argentium logo, Featuring the Winged Unicorn

Argentium is one of a new generation of silver alloys. It was developed specifically to combat the tarnish that occurs as silver oxidises when it comes into contact with air, which is a major drawback for all who love silver. However, Argentium also boasts a whole range of other properties besides this, which help to make it an exceedingly clever alloy for those who choose to … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Pawel Lech

Pawel Lech is a self-taught jewellery maker who has been in the industry for nearly 15 years, and he is a big fan of using silver when creating his varied range of pieces. Discover more about Pawel’s work and his advice for new jewellery makers in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Anne Townsend

Anne Townsend has now been making jewellery for 10 years, working with silver and copper to make a selection of both contemporary and traditional designs. She spoke to us in this Designer of the Month interview about what she has learnt from her time in the industry, the trends that she thinks will be popular soon and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Daisy Vickers

Self-taught jewellery maker Daisy Vickers loves using recycled silver and texturing when creating her rustic, boho themed designs, and found her style through experimenting with different techniques. Read the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about her work and what she has learnt from her jewellery making experience… Let us know a bit about yourself, … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Sally Grice

Sally Grice takes the inspiration for her stunning silver clay pieces from nature, creating jewellery based on the flora and fauna of the natural world. She talked to us in the following Designer of the Month interview about how she makes her designs, upcoming trends in metal clay and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in … [Read more...]

Perfect Gifts for Easter

By Jo Varney Everybody celebrates Easter in their own particular way. Regardless of religion, most families and communities will come together for a meal of some sort and indulge in the exchange of small gifts, and (the maybe not so small) chocolate eggs to celebrate new life and also the coming of Spring. To me Easter is a happy and hopeful time of year filled with … [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...]

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...]