Buying Guides

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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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    Extraction & PPE When Polishing

    As you polish a piece of jewellery using a pendant motor or polishing motor, dust and particles are created and released into the air – creating a potential health problem. You will also end up with a messy workshop. In this blog we will look at the ways to reduce this. There are lots of […]

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    What Is Fimo Clay?

    In this blog we will discuss the basics of Fimo modelling clay – answering questions like “what is Fimo made of?”, “is Fimo clay waterproof?” and giving some Fimo polymer clay ideas to help get you started. What is Fimo? Fimo is a brand of polymer clay. In fact, Fimo modelling clay was the first […]

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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. Understanding the different parts of a gemstone, and all of the technical gem terminology, can get a little […]

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    Best Chains For Pendants: Necklace Chain Length Guide

    Standard necklace chain lengths guide Choosing the best chains for pendants can be difficult. With so much choice available out there, and varying necklace chain lengths, it can be hard to know where to begin, particularly if you are selecting something as a gift. There are, however, a few simple rules which can make choosing […]

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    How to make a chain longer?

    When choosing a chain, particularly on someone else’s behalf, getting the length right can be tricky. Not only do you have to consider the size of the neck it’s going around but also, the size of the pendant it’s intended for. As well as its strength, style, alloy and the position it will hang on […]

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    Gemstone Focus – Coral

    The warm peachy – pink tone of coral has been a central feature of this year’s colour palette, not only because it’s Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019, but simply because it is an ideal summer colour. It is light and bright; feminine, without being too girly and as someone who isn’t a big […]

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    Types of Earring Findings

    If you have pierced ears you will undoubtedly have a favorite type of earring fitting. Some of us prefer the security of posts and butterflies whilst others are happy in hooks and the choice can be quite mind boggling at times! So with that in mind, we have put together a bite sized guide to […]

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    A Guide To The Different Types of Silver

    Silver definition noble metal noun CHEMISTRY a metal (e.g. gold, silver, or platinum) that resists chemical action, does not corrode, and is not easily attacked by acids. Silver is a fine, noble metal that can be traced back as far as approximately 3000BC. Our fascination with silver has endured to this day. This is not […]

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    Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

    Here at Cooksongold, we are constantly adding new items to the range and this month we have a lot of great new chain styles making their debut. Part of our growing range of finished chains, we have an abundance of new and exciting styles for you to work with and here, we give you a […]

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    Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

    Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro – 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about […]

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    Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part 1

    A good workbench can last a lifetime so there are many considerations to take into account when choosing such a vital piece of equipment. Unfortunately budget is undoubtedly at the top of most people’s lists when it comes to what can be a considerable purchase. Fortunately Cooksongold cater for all budgets and our range starts […]

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