Stocking Filler Gift Ideas 2018

Silver animal themed jewellery

Every year we bring you a list of some of the best stocking filler ideas we have to offer at Christmas for jewellery makers and more, so without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our picks for this year as there isn’t long left to buy those special gifts for loved ones… Saw Blade Starter Set If you have someone in the family who is learning to make jewellery or simply … [Read more...]

Choosing Gemstones for Jewellery Gifts

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we are all turning our attention to gift buying. Stone set jewellery is always a winner when it comes to gifts, but what colours make the best choices? If you are not sure of someone’s preferences, choosing a gemstone from the vast selection out there can be a daunting prospect – so with that in mind, we have put together some suggestions to … [Read more...]

What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

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Our extensive range of jewellery making materials and supplies is constantly changing and evolving, meaning sometimes it can be a little difficult to keep up – so with that in mind, we have gathered together a collection of some of our latest additions below to ensure you don’t miss out on these new products. Halo Settings If you are short on time but still want to give … [Read more...]

What Is Swarovski® Zirconia?

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Mirroring the brilliance of naturally-sourced diamond gemstones, Swarovski® Zirconia stones are created with style, refraction and durability in mind. Although Swarovski® Zirconia is not a naturally-occurring stone, this gemstone’s construction involves high-quality raw materials and a considered, meticulous approach. If you’re wondering “what is Swarovski® Zirconia made of?”, … [Read more...]

Christmas Jewellery Shows and Exhibitions 2018/19

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If you need a little inspiration this Christmas or are on the lookout for that special one-off piece, a dedicated jewellery exhibition is the perfect place to find it. There are many to choose from in a whole host of different locations, so there is almost certainly one to be found nearby if you check the local press for details. In the meantime, you can find a few of … [Read more...]

A Guide To Foredom Flex Shaft Tools

Whatever stage you’ve reached in your jewellery making career, you’ll know that one of the most invaluable tools available to us is the flex shaft tool (also known as a pendant motor and flexible shaft rotary tool, among many other things!). As a fundamental part of our professional jeweller’s toolkit, it’s worth figuring out which type of flex shaft tool fits your style of … [Read more...]

How To Start A Jewellery Making Business

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Every jewellery business owner starts somewhere – from the aged, splintered bench in the garden shed or confines of the box room, to the makeshift workshop in the garage featuring the old kitchen table and mismatched chairs. And as your reputation grows and demand for your creations increases, it may be worth considering starting a fully-fledged, registered business. This … [Read more...]

Guide To Jewellery Hammers For Beginners

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New to jewellery making? There’s a whole host of jewellery making tools out there that you may not have heard of yet, and jewellery hammers will certainly take centre stage on that list. With the sheer number of hammers professional jewellers use, it can be quite a task to remember what they’re called, let alone how to use them effectively! Whatever jewellery making skill … [Read more...]

Winter Jewellery Trends 2018/19

unicorn earrings

There’s no doubt about it, there are some lovely winter jewellery trends around this year and many of them come with a large dose of fun and frivolity for a change. Unicorn Themed Jewellery Take the unicorn trend for example – this year there have been more unicorn themed products than ever before. However as we approach Christmas, everything becomes amplified and the pastel … [Read more...]

What Makes Swarovski Gemstones™ Different?

Swarovski gemstones

You may have already heard of their crystals, but did you know that Swarovski® offer Genuine Gemstones and Created Stones too? For years, Swarovski® crystals have featured in jewellery pieces, designer garments and even electronics, and this is what the brand has been heralded for. But now, professional jewellers can also take advantage of Swarovski®’s Genuine … [Read more...]