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...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Hilary Minor

Hilary Minor may be a new jewellery maker, but she has experience in using a variety of materials and techniques to make her contemporary and statement designs. Discover more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview, as well as what she has learnt from her time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Alex Owens

Cooksongold’s Designer of the Month Alex Owens spoke to us in the following interview about how he loves to work with silver to create his Scandinavian style jewellery designs, as well as the tools and techniques he favours when making his pieces and much more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]

The Christmas Table

By Jo Varney The Christmas table is an opportunity to go to town with the decorations, and dust down those special pieces of cutlery and tableware which seldom make an appearance at any other time of year. Nothing is considered ‘too much’ at a festive table, and I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at some of the items that make our Christmas dinner … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson has been making jewellery for a number of years, and has experience in creating a wide variety of pieces from rings to more intricate designs. In the following Designer of the Month interview, Robert spoke to us more about his work and what he has learnt from his time in the industry… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Laura Grey

Self-taught jewellery maker Laura Grey is a big fan of using nature, gemstones and textures in her designs. She spoke to us in the following Designer of the Month interview about where she gets the inspiration for her pieces and what she has learnt from her time in the industry… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Sliding Clasps

By Lorraine Sanderson Sliding clasps in precious metal have long been the elusive component for jewellery makers. They are seen on many designs in both the media and jewellery shops, ranging from the simple friendship/stacker bracelet to high end designer brands. However, to find the clasps to purchase individually has been like trying to find gold at the end of a rainbow. … [Read more...]