The Princess Cut

In layman’s terms a princess cut stone is a square cut stone with exceptional sparkle, and they are almost as popular as the enduring round brilliant cut, but not quite! They can be easily identified by their crisp, sharp corners and the sheer number of facets visible on the underside or pavilion. This is quite different to its similar counterparts such as the emerald cut and … [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...]