Recent Jewellery and Metal Trends

rose gold beaded rings

Like all trends, metal trends come and go and often move in cycles when tracked over a significant period of time. There are many different factors which can affect what is popular at any one time, however, the bottom line remains – what products are selling best and that always makes for interesting reading. Take engagement rings for example. There was a very clear shift … [Read more...]

Packaging Ideas for Handmade Jewellery

Kraft Recycled Packaging

As we enter the run up to Christmas, now is a great time to update and refresh your packaging to make the best impression possible at this crucial time of year as the last thing you want is your packaging to let you down. So if your current presentation materials are looking a little tired, take a look at some of our boxes and packaging options which have been specifically … [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...]

Organise Your Jewellery Making Workspace

Wooden File Stand

Christmas is coming! Yes, the mince pies and selection boxes are slowly creeping into stores, as retailers begin to build up their stocks for the big event. It may still be early, but the calm before the storm is a great opportunity to take stock and get organised. There is nothing more therapeutic than a good sort out, so why not do it now before things get too busy. If you … [Read more...]

Halloween Jewellery Making and Craft Ideas

ghost charm bead

It won’t be long until it’s time to dust off that skeleton outfit and dig out the pumpkin carving kit.  Yes, Halloween is just round the corner and if you looking for a few ideas to get you into a suitably spooky mood, then look no further. Halloween Charm Beads Sterling Silver Pumpkin Charm Bead (NVQ1 B024)  Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and no celebration is … [Read more...]

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. Here, we’ll answer the big questions: what is rose gold and what makes it so … [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...]