What’s New at Cooksongold for 2017

It’s always nice to start a New Year with some new additions to your toolkit. Perhaps you have some Christmas money still to spend or you experienced bumper sales of your own this year – whatever the reason, let us inspire you with some of the numerous new and exciting products we’ve added to our range recently. ImpressArt is a brand which has really grown in momentum over … [Read more...]

Top 5: Beads and Stringing

Our Beads and Stringing category here at Cooksongold offers a wide and diverse selection of products, spanning everything from the very basic, to the completely obscure. There are far too many products to mention individually, so I thought instead I would take a look at our top 5 selling items across the subsections (Beads, Charm Beads, Base Metal, Stringing and Swarovski … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Cubic Zirconia

What is cubic zirconia (CZ)? Cubic Zirconia, or CZ as it is widely known, is a man-made diamond substitute which displays many of the desirable features of a diamond without the expensive price tag. The CZ diamond was first developed in the 1970s and has since gone on to be exceedingly popular with consumers wanting a little bit of sparkle. White CZ Stones CZs are actually … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a comparatively new gemstone to the market, having only been discovered in 1967. What makes it unique is that so far it has only ever been found in one location, the Mererani Hills of the Manyana Region of Northern Tanzania, which is situated near the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian government nationalised the mines in 1971 and later split them into … [Read more...]

Swarovski Charm Bead Bracelet

This is a guest project designed by Jane Kharade. Jane is a craft designer who designs beautifully coloured pieces with the aid of clay, crystals and silver. You will need: Rubber bracelet  Silver beads  x2 Silver loops   x3 Charm Beads Light rose      x2 AB                x2 Copper          x2 Astral pink   Hearts x3 Amethyst helix   3X5mm jump … [Read more...]

Trends within Components

This article is written by Joanne Varney who holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and is part of the Cooksongold team. As with every large product group, there is usually a percentage which remains unchanged from year to year and forms the main stay of the range. This is known as the core range. Findings and stones are no exception to this and you will find many … [Read more...]

How to: Strawberries and cream Necklace by Tansy Wilson

This is a guest post by Tansy Wilson. Tansy is a professional jeweller and runs her business from beautiful rural Somerset. She also teaches a jewellery evening class at her local college. Tansy has a BA in 3-D Design and has been in the design industry for 20 years. "I loved the pink and white swirls of their stunning glass marbled beads and this gave me the idea of … [Read more...]

How to series: Special Occasion Bracelet by Jane Kharade

This is a guest project designed by Jane Kharade. Jane designs beautifully coloured pieces with the aid of clay, crystals and silver. "Create unique accessories for your own wedding or a friend's special occasion, with easy to use rubber moulds and precious metal clay." Mould pretty charms from silver clay to form Jane Kharade's wedding gift jewellery. Use a flexible rubber … [Read more...]

How to Series: Monochrome Magic Necklet Project by Tansy Wilson

  This is a guest design by Tansy Wilson. Tansy is a professional jeweller and runs her business from beautiful rural Somerset. She also teaches a jewellery evening class at her local college. Tansy has a BA in 3-D Design and has been in the design industry for 20 years. "In this design I have used some Swarovski crystals to make these fabulous beaded balls in different … [Read more...]

Renew your workshop – New for 2011

It's 2011 – What's NEW? It's a new year, so to mark the start of 2011, we're bringing you many sensational new ranges, along with some of the best of our recently added products, New For 2011! What's in it for you? NEW PMC Accessories - We've got the PMC and now we've got a great new selection of PMC Accessories including Brass Plates, moulds, cutters and much … [Read more...]