What Is Swarovski® Zirconia?

swarovski zirconia

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...]

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...]

Guide To Jewellery Hammers For Beginners

jewellery hammers infographic

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...]

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...]

How To Use The Proxxon TBM 220 Bench Drill

proxxon bench drill and vice

Wondering how to use drill machines to drill through metal for your jewellery creations? Like many jewellers, you may have used flex shafts previously. However, if you’re looking for an advanced piece of machinery that’s even more precise, you might consider using a Proxxon bench drill. Take a look at our video, where Lydia Niziblian, jewellery maker and designer, explains … [Read more...]

What Is Jeweller’s Rouge?

jewellers rouge bar

When creating new jewellery pieces for your collection, you may want to add a high shine mirror finish to your silver and gold. The best way to achieve this? By using jeweller’s rouge. Watch our customer review video to discover more about how Dave Wilson (the artisan behind Celtic Dreams jewellery) uses jeweller’s rouge to add a finishing touch to his own creations, and then … [Read more...]

How To Stamp Metal Jewellery

metal stamped bangle and keyring

No matter how far along you are in your jewellery making endeavours, metal stamping is heralded as a classic skill that can be adopted by anyone, from beginner to advanced. From experimenting with a range of intricate patterns, fonts and pendant shapes, to mastering the use of metal stamping tools, read on to discover more about how to make stamped metal jewellery that adds … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Dremel

Dremel hand torch

Dremel is one of the more widely recognised brands of jewellery tools stocked here at Cooksongold, as they are well known for their rotary drills and accessories which can perform a wide variety of jewellery making tasks. Dremel produced their first rotary drill in 1934, and today still produce one of the widest ranges of hand drills on the market. Now owned by the Robert … [Read more...]

How To Melt Silver To Make Jewellery

melting silver

Melting silver is an easy process once you get to know the fundamental principles of the metal’s melting points. Commonly used by many jewellers due to its lower melting point, silver is a great place to start when learning how to melt metal to make more complex jewellery designs, and graduate to more difficult soldering techniques. Use our beginner’s guide on the art of … [Read more...]

What Is Swarovski® Genuine Topaz?

Swarovski Genuine Topaz

Where do you source your Topaz gemstones from? Are you concerned about the quality of the stones you’re getting from your current supplier, or perhaps you’re searching for something a little different? Here we discuss Swarovski’s Genuine Topaz range in detail to help you decide if switching to Swarovski® Genuine Gemstones could benefit your business. What’s the difference … [Read more...]