What Is Rose Gold and Why Is It So Popular?

rose gold beaded ring

Rose gold has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity over the past few years. It has gone from rather an unfashionable colour choice (more popular in Italy and other European countries) to a classic in both accessories and home interiors, and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. So what is rose gold? Rose gold or red/pink gold is a gold alloy similar to … [Read more...]

Top 3 Ocean Themed Jewellery Pieces To Create At Home

Impressart Wave Design Stamp

Whether you specialised in silversmithing or you work primarily with beads, there’s one thing that unites us all as jewellery makers. We’re always on the hunt for inspiration. So, here’s a little inspiration for your next project idea – our top ocean themed jewellery pieces for you to try out for yourself and adapt to your own signature style. 1. The nautical … [Read more...]

What is a Cabochon Cut Gemstone?

Moss Agate Oval Cabochon Stone

For anyone not familiar with the term cabochon cut or en cabochon, it refers to a stone which has a smooth, polished convex top and a flat base. It is a simple cut used to display optical effects and colours of opaque and translucent stones, and is often used on softer stones which would fracture if faceting was attempted. The moss agate stone below is a brilliant example of a … [Read more...]

Craft Ideas for Children

FIMO Mermaid Kids Form and Play Polymer Clay Set

By Jo Varney We are now a good way through the school Summer holidays, and if you have exhausted the obligatory children’s entertainment that is the park, cinema, nature trail, soft play centre, beach, swimming pool, Xbox and farm parks, it might just be time to try a little bit of craft. Many of you may shy away from the mess and horror that can be created from paint, glue … [Read more...]

Cooksongold 3D Launches at International Jewellery London

Bathsheba piece

There’s no doubt that the world of jewellery is always evolving, with new tools and technologies constantly being developed and introduced to complement traditional techniques and craftsmanship. Among these new innovations for the jewellery making industry is direct precious metal 3D printing, made possible using Cooksongold’s Precious M080 system – something which we are … [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...]

11 Different Types Of Engagement Ring Styles

halo ring

Are you a metalsmith in the making? If you’ll soon be working at a jeweller’s bench to train as a professional jeweller, there’s no doubt that a large part of your time will be spent creating different types of engagement ring styles. We’ve rounded up 11 different types of engagement ring styles to help you get a head start on your jewellery apprenticeship. For a visual … [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...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Leather Apron

By Jo Varney Let’s be honest, ‘Fathers’, or even men in general, can be extremely tricky to buy for. At this time of year, I have the unenviable task of finding multiple men’s gifts, as my husband’s birthday just happens to fall the week before Fathers Day, great! The key to a successful Father’s Day gift in my family at least is practicality. All the men I have to buy … [Read more...]

The Royal Wedding: Meghan’s Jewellery

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We couldn’t let the recent royal wedding go by without taking a closer look at some of the stunning jewellery the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear on her special day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day The Engagement Ring The all-important engagement ring has been making the headlines for months now, and comprises of a slightly elongated cushion cut … [Read more...]