What is Gallery Strip?

gallery strip on a bench peg

Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]

What Are Classic Parallel Action Pliers?

Classic Parallel Action Pliers, Brass Jaw Flat Nose

Classic parallel pliers are an essential bench item, and are often part of even the most basic tool kit for jewellers. Quite different in appearance from other pliers, parallel action pliers hold their position thanks to a compound box joint system, which means they provide an extremely strong grip and won’t spring back once pressure is released. Classic Parallel Action … [Read more...]

What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

artisan metal forming set

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...]

Finished Jewellery for the Summer Months

Sterling Silver Tortoise and Bee Design Jewellery

What comes to mind when you think about jewellery for summer? Casual, organic, freeform, fun, whimsical, colourful and informal are some of the things which immediately spring to mind. Summer jewellery is about capturing a feeling above anything else, and that can encompass many different elements. Colour can change a look instantly, and during the summer months, we … [Read more...]

Using Beaded Wire and Beaded Rings in Handmade Jewellery

Beaded Rings and Beaded Wire

By Jo Varney It’s always nice when new products are added to Cooksongold’s range, and particularly exciting when I get to try them out! Cooksongold has recently introduced a selection of beaded wire and beaded rings, which will be useful as both a jewellery making component and as a finished jewellery piece. Beaded Rings The beaded rings are constructed from a series of … [Read more...]

New Additions to Our Range of Swarovski Gemstones™

Swarovski® Genuine Sapphires

Genuine gemstones are not something one normally associates with Swarovski, but it may surprise you to learn that Swarovski have applied their expertise to genuine gemstones and offer a range which boasts all the precision and quality that you would expect from the brand. The selection of Swarovski® Genuine Gemstones includes Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Spinel and Marcasite, and … [Read more...]

How to Use Guardian Ear Fittings

What are Guardian Ear Fittings? Guardian ear fittings are ideal if you are looking for secure and easy to use earring findings for your jewellery designs. Available in 2 sizes and 5 different alloys, Guardian ear fittings feature a double grooved post for a positive lock, and ear backs that are removed by applying firm pressure to the side triggers – making them perfect for … [Read more...]

Getting Personal: The Personalised Jewellery Trend

Let’s be honest, we all love the idea of having something that nobody else has; something that is so personal and unique to us that no one else in the whole world has (or so we like to imagine)! The way to achieve this is through customisation, and this is set to be a huge jewellery trend this year. Personalisation and customisation are big, big news. If you take a look at … [Read more...]

Even More New Products at Cooksongold

You may have noticed that in a previous post we introduced some of the newest additions to our jewellery tools range – but what about our other new products? One article just wasn’t enough to cover the vast selection of new items which have been popping up in the Cooksongold range recently, so in this article we are going to be introducing you to what else is new… Langer® … [Read more...]

Brand New Professional Tools at Cooksongold

Durston Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Here at Cooksongold we are constantly updating and improving our range, to bring you the best and most innovative products available on the market today. Our selection of products changes continually, with new items popping up all the time so it can be difficult to keep up sometimes – so to save you some time here’s a round up of some of the newest additions to … [Read more...]