Gemstone Focus: Agate

Agate is very similar in its composition to Quartz (Silicon Dioxide), but can be identified from its distinctive curved banding which occurs in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and recognisable effects is the concentric banding, which is similar in appearance to the inside of a tree trunk when sliced through. Due to its porosity, Agate is often dyed to … [Read more...]

Halloween 2016 at Cooksongold

So Halloween isn’t for everyone, and for those of you who don’t have children wanting to dress up and partake in pumpkin carving and all the general ‘spookery’ associated with October the 31st, it might just be something that you can’t wait to be over. However, year on year Halloween seems to grow in momentum to the extent where it is now difficult to ignore. If you are looking … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Jade

What we commonly refer to as Jade is in actual fact two slightly different minerals, known as Jadeite and Nephrite. Both have been used for centuries to produce decorative carvings which are particularly prevalent in China to this day; however the practice is said to date back over 2000 years and has produced some truly magnificent results. Nephrite Jade Both Jadeite and … [Read more...]

Summer Trends 2016

I am happy to report that this year, popular colours of rose quartz and baby blue have successfully transferred into a wide range of fashion and accessories, including jewellery. Designers and retailers have fully embraced these highly accessible colours, producing items which clearly reference both. The fact that the colours sit so well together has worked beautifully in terms … [Read more...]

The Female Self-Purchase – The Right Hand Ring

The prospect of marriage and all that goes with it is no longer the pinnacle of achievement for aspiring young women today, who are increasingly ambitious about pursuing their own careers long before thinking about settling down. And, as the roles and lives of women have evolved, so too has the way in which they want to purchase fine jewellery which this has given rise to the … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline (61TR JJMV) ‘Tourmaline’ is a general family name for gemstones which have a complex borosilicate crystal structure. It comes in a huge variety of different colours, each of which is named individually. Some of the more distinctive varieties, like the Watermelon Tourmaline, are easily recognised and quite readily available, but there are other more exotic … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Cubic Zirconia

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. It 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 a little heavier than diamonds (in fact … [Read more...]

The Origins of Mothering Sunday

Floral jewellery can be an ideal Mother's Day gift Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the period of 40 days prior to Easter in the Christian Calendar), and is unique to the UK along with a small number of other European countries. Contrary to popular belief however, Mothering Sunday and Mothers Day are not the same occasion, despite our modern day … [Read more...]

Designer Feature: Wendy Ramshaw

Wendy Ramshaw is without doubt one of the most important and successful British jewellers of our time, and most people who have studied jewellery in any depth will know her name. She rose to fame during the 1970s when her imaginative metal work earned her much acclaim, but she has since gone on to produce a wide and varied body of work which includes performance art and … [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...]