Buying Guides

  • Bullion Basics for Beginners

    Bullion is at the heart of most jewellery making. If you want to use Silver, Gold or any other precious metals in your creations, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the ins and outs. Read on to find out what bullion is, the different types available and how to buy it. What is […]

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  • Beads 101: The Ultimate Beads Guide

    Beads come in all shapes and sizes; they can be tiny and they can also be huge and made of all manner of weird and wonderful materials. If you find yourself feeling a little confused by the sheer volume available, read on for a whistle stop tour of what’s what. Glass Beads Glass beads make […]

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  • What’s Hot in Finished Jewellery

    There’s no doubt about it, there are some lovely Finished Jewellery trends around this Summer. Below, we have listed a few of our favourites Chain If you want to stay on trend this Summer, the key piece to get yourself is an oversized chain, otherwise known as macro chain, which is the must-have item this […]

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    GRS Tools: Introduction

    ‘What used to take years to learn, can now be picked up in days’ GRS are an American based manufacturer who have been producing premium quality engraving and setting tools since the mid 1960s. Their aim has always been to make these two highly skilled techniques easier and more attainable by way of improved technology […]

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  • Diamonds: Most Popular, Cuts, Sizes and Grades

    We all love them let’s be honest, but just what are the most popular, cuts, sizes and grades of diamonds? With so many to choose from I thought it would be interesting to find out. Cuts The cut of a diamond represents one of the famous four Cs on which they are assessed. Cut, Clarity, […]

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  • Time to Shine: New Swarovski Collection

    Rose Water Opal Shimmer, Pacific Opal Shimmer and Iris AB – New Swarovski Colours for S/S 2021 The new Swarovski Innovations range for Spring/Summer 2021 is all about capturing moments in time. It aims to look forward, embracing all that is new whilst also celebrating and incorporating the past. Confused…well don’t be. In simple terms, […]

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  • Glossary of Jewellery Terms

    When you first start in jewellery making, there are a number of terms that may sound unfamiliar. This is why we have put together a Glossary of Jewellery Terms to make it easier for our jewellery making customers that are just beginning in the jewellery making world and would like to see all the jargon […]

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  • Top 5 Jewellery Making Books for Beginners

    Hi jewellery makers! I’ve put together a list of jewellery making books, that I feel would be ideal for those making their way into the world of jewellery making. I’ve selected only a handful, which has been difficult, as there are so many to choose from. The five that I have chosen focus on five […]

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  • Workshop Refresh

    January is a great time for sorting and organising, ready for the year ahead. If you are one of the many trying to rearrange a workshop at the moment, I suggest you stop for a break and read this post before you go any further. If you are looking to invest in a new system […]

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  • Our Best Selling Top 5 Tools

    Out of our enormous range, have you ever wondered which tools outsell all the others? Here’s a little insight into the top 5 stars of the show and a few thoughts as to why. In reverse order, the number 5 slot is currently occupied by the humble flux brush. No.5 Flux Brush – 946 010 […]

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    What Is Fimo Clay?

    In this blog we will discuss the basics of fimo polymer clay – answering questions like “what is Fimo made of?”, “is Fimo clay waterproof?” and ideas for what to do with Fimo clay. What is Fimo? Yes – it’s a brand of polymer clay. In fact, Fimo was the first brand to produce modelling […]

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    Gemstone Terminology For Beginners

    Interested in gemology? Or do you just want to know your refractive index from your gemstone lustre? If you’re interested in gemstone terminology, setting stones, and creating your own jewellery with them, you’re in the right place. Use our gemstone terminology beginners’ guide below and get to know more about your craft. Gemstone basics: how […]

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