Review: Swarovski Pear Shaped Pendants

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Swarovski® is a name associated with high quality crystal beads and high end jewellery. There are many suppliers selling crystal which may be acrylic, glass or plastic, but Swarovski® is a brand that almost everyone interested in jewellery will have heard of, and it comes with high expectations. Today I will be reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

Setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney N.B. – before I start I just want to mention that my constant companion throughout these experiments was ‘The Art of Metal Clay’ by Sherri Haab. There is a whole chapter on stone setting in this book, which was invaluable throughout. Setting stones into precious metal clay is not without its problems; a lot can go wrong and it’s very much a case of trial and … [Read more...]

A Guide To Swarovski Gemstone Cuts

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What’s the ideal type of gemstone cut for your latest project? Looking to use Swarovski gemstones in your next jewellery piece? Whether you have a specific gemstone in mind or you’re open to ideas, getting to know the basic gemstones cuts as well as the variety of faceted options available will help you expand on your current design ideas. From square cut to cushion cut, pear … [Read more...]

What is The Black Spinel Gemstone

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Ever spotted a black gemstone and thought ‘that would be the ideal look for my latest collection of rings’? We’ve got just the thing for your latest designs. Black gemstones have made a resurgence in popularity, and, although you may have used deeply coloured rubies and sapphires before, you might not have come across naturally occurring black spinel gemstones. Get to know … [Read more...]

Swarovski Stone Setting Guide

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Are you an experienced jeweller who works with gemstones and stone setting techniques every day? Or are you just starting out and getting to know different types of setting? Wherever you are in your jewellery-making career, this Swarovski® stone setting guide will help you use new stone setting techniques with confidence and expand on your knowledge base of more complex … [Read more...]

Introducing Our Swarovski® Gemstone Range…

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The team at Cooksongold is pleased to share our exciting new range of Swarovski Genuine Gemstones and Created Stones! The established Swarovski brand solidifies the expert and high quality requirements that are so important to Cooksongold’s stock, allowing us to help you create beautiful jewellery, time and time again. Discover more about our new range of Swarovski Genuine … [Read more...]

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...]