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...]

What’s the Best Diamond Alternative

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Using diamonds in your jewellery making certainly adds brilliance to your designs, not to mention the prestige that comes with setting one of the most valuable natural materials available in your jewellery. But have you ever considered an alternative? With more and more consumers breaking away from the traditional diamond engagement ring and recognising the beauty in … [Read more...]

How Decorative Bezel Wire Will Improve Your Settings

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Decorative bezel wire. Whether it’s scalloped, serrated or an intricate gallery strip, the best thing about it is that it enhances your settings and gives you a sleek, professional finish. Whatever you’re working on - whether it’s a pendant or ring – make good use of decorative bezel wire to augment your gemstone of choice. Bezel wire basics What is bearer wire? Bearer wire, … [Read more...]

Moissanite vs. Diamond: What’s The Difference?

Moissanite v Diamond

Since its 1893 inception in a meteor crater, moissanite has been regarded as a rare and scarce mineral, bolstering its desirability among consumers and jewellery makers alike. Moissanite is often used as an alternative to the diamond in jewellery making, and many people are unable to tell the two gemstones apart. But there are ways to tell the difference between these two … [Read more...]

What is Marcasite?

table cut marcasite gemstone

For the essentials you need to know about marcasite, including its origin, how it is used in jewellery and the different cuts of marcasite gemstones that are available, look no further than the below guide. Where does marcasite come from? Genuine marcasite comes from the mineral pyrite, which is a beautiful, metallised stone similar in appearance to gold which is why it is … [Read more...]

How to Use Gallery Strip

cabochon gemstone ring

Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [Read more...]

What Is Moissanite?

moissanite stone

Moissanite. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can you use it as part of your latest stone set jewellery designs? Find out everything you need to know about the moissanite stone below, from its properties, its look, and where to buy them. What is a moissanite stone? Moissanite is an incredibly rare and naturally occurring stone that is usually colourless but emits … [Read more...]

Top 6 Jewellery Trends To Look Out For In 2019

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Keeping up with the latest jewellery trends for your customers can be tricky. If you base your jewellery business model on hitting big trends in the industry it pays to plan and stay ahead of the curve. That’s why we’ve put together some of the current jewellery trends for 2019 so that you’re in the loop on what your customers are shopping for: Top 6 Popular Jewellery … [Read more...]