Choosing a Chain for your Pendant

Choosing a chain can be difficult. With so much choice available out there, 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 the task easier. By breaking the process down into a few simple steps you will quickly narrow the choice which will help tremendously. Here are a few … [Read more...]

What Is Rhodochrosite?

What is Rhodochrosite

Looking for an unusually coloured gemstone to add to your latest designs? Well, if your jewellery making is complemented by soft pastel tones, you may want to learn more about the pink tones of the rhodochrosite gemstone. What is the rhodochrosite gemstone? Rhodocrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that ranges from a subtle rose pink to a bright pink fuscia red, sometimes … [Read more...]

Tool Storage around the Bench

Good tool storage is essential in any well organised work space regardless of size. It can save you time, as well as prolonging the life of the tools themselves, so is well worth the investment. Keeping a clear working area can be tricky when you have a large number of tools that you frequently need to grab. The key to good bench storage is having items stored in such a way … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you

Jewellery

The term ‘handmade jewellery’ covers an extensive selection of both techniques and materials which can all be used to create beautiful objects to wear and admire. There are really no rules when it comes to style but there are, however, very different skill sets required for each technique. First and foremost, jewellery can be broken down into two categories; metal and … [Read more...]

Ideas to entertain the children this summer

Summer

We are already a number of weeks into the summer school holidays with a good few more still to go, so if you are struggling to entertain your little ones and the coffers are looking slightly depleted, here are a few ideas to keep them busy without emptying your bank account completely. Fimo Air Basic White 500g and Fimo Modelling Tools Pack of 4 Clay is a great way to … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus – Coral

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 fan of pink, coral makes a great alternative. But what of the material … [Read more...]

Wedding Ring Trends

From a sales point of view, wedding ring trends are very clear to see. Across all of the alloys there are styles which consistently sell more than the others. Court Wedding Ring Profile The classic court profile is without a doubt one of the most popular wedding rings on the market today. The domed exterior wall, coupled with the rounded interior surface, go together to … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas

As Fathers Day approaches (Sunday June 16th), once again the shops are full of gifts for men ranging from the wonderful to the distinctly weird! So let us guide you through some of the more practical and dare we say it, sensible gift ideas for men that Cooksongold has to offer. Personally speaking, we love a gift voucher so if you are finding it hard to choose something … [Read more...]

Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

Stone trends in jewellery making

When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

Royal Engagement Rings Through the Ages

Royal engagement rings through the ages

Nothing captures the hearts of the general public like a Royal Wedding. Despite the wavering popularity of the monarchy in this country we always, as a nation seem to enjoy the pomp and ceremony that these state occasions demand. The Engagement Ring is always at the centre of the media focus throughout the proceedings so we thought it would be interesting to see how styles have … [Read more...]