How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Annamarie McHugh

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A variety of materials go into the pieces made by Annamarie, including silver and enamel, with the designs in her handmade jewellery collection being inspired mainly by fantasy and faeries. In the following Designer of the Month interview, we spoke to her about her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jeweller and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, … [Read more...]

Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

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Starting out in the jewellery making industry can be challenging, but if you’re equipped with the right tools to create original, statement pieces, it becomes a whole lot easier. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to choosing the best drill bits for metal jewellery. There are different touches you can give your jewellery using metal drill bits, depending on the … [Read more...]

What Is Onyx Gemstone?

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Curious about the onyx gemstone? Here’s everything you need to know about onyx, its properties, and how to recognise a real black onyx gemstone from the rest. What is onyx stone? Onyx is a variety of stone that comes from Chalcedony. Chalcedony is a silicate mineral, mostly made of calcite (similar to marble and granite) and it usually features contrasting layers of … [Read more...]

How to Use Halo Earring Settings

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What is a Halo Setting? For anyone not familiar with a halo design, its defining feature is a decorative ring of metal which surrounds a stone setting, often making it look much bigger and giving it a greater presence. The halo itself is not functional, but it usually contains a functional element such as a claw to secure a stone. Halos come in many different forms; some … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

Sterling Silver Heart and Star Design Three Stacking Rings

The race is now on to bag that last minute Valentine’s Day gift. To give you a helping hand, let us guide you through some items from our range so you can make sure you are well prepared when it comes to giving a special gift to a loved one on Valentine’s Day this year. Sterling Silver Heart and Star Design Three Stacking Rings, Size O (VRS 222O)  First up are the beautiful … [Read more...]

A Guide to Jewellery Tool Kits for Beginners

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Buying a ready-made tool kit can be a great way to equip you with the basic tools needed to start making jewellery, or even replace tools you may have had in your workshop for some time. In our range of jewellery tools, for instance, we offer many kits to choose from which all have been put together by experts who know exactly what you are going to need. You can also expect … [Read more...]

Choosing Wedding Jewellery for Bridesmaids

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Set Infinity Connector

Creating or buying jewellery for bridesmaids can be a tricky business. Regardless of the scale of a wedding, if there will be bridesmaids then there will undoubtedly be different ages, sizes, styles and characters to consider - and so if you are trying to achieve a uniform look, this can be a challenge! To do this for bridesmaids, you could either decide on a colour or motif … [Read more...]

How To Make Earring Backs

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Earring posts for jewellery making are a simple finding to start producing yourself. It’s easy to make them in bulk so that you have them to hand whenever you’re ready to bring all the elements of your designs together to make your own stud earrings. To help you kick start your earring making process, here’s our guide on how to make earring backs in two stages. Here’s how to … [Read more...]

Different Types of Metal for Jewellery Making

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With so many varieties of metal available, we thought we would go back to basics and examine some of the different types of metal that can be used for jewellery making today. To begin with, let’s look at some of the general terms you might come across when dealing with metal: What is Precious Metal? A precious metal is a naturally occurring metallic element, which is rare … [Read more...]