Inspiration

Cooksongold Meets... Ana Ristic

Ana Ristic won our Design of the Month Competition back in November 2020. We liked the way she embraced different metals and used them to create something beautiful and unique. We wanted to know more about her, what inspires her, what drove her to jewellery making and more. Tell us a bit about yourself – […]

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    Designer of the Month – August 2020 – Niyanta Shah

    Jewellery maker Niyanta Shah has self taught herself beadweaving and wire wrapping. She has also taken courses for jewellery design & drawing, as well as wedding jewellery and tiara making at The London Jewellery School. She loves making delicate and dainty jewellery but wouldn’t say no to big and bold either. Learn more about this […]

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  • Top Ten Jewellery Making Books

    If you’ve just started out on your jewellery making journey then you’ll most likely be wanting to learn more about a technique. Or maybe you want to try something new entirely. This is where our jewellery making books can help and why we have put together a list of the top ten to get you […]

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  • Book Review: The Jeweller’s Bench Reference by Harold O’Connor

    The Jeweler’s Bench Reference by Harold O’Connor contains useful information on jewellery making; including soldering, setting, plating and casting. Read on to see our review… This is something of an iconic book amongst jewellers, which is currently on its 13th print run as a consequence! Measuring a meagre 18cm x 12cm, (which is about the […]

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  • Bead Trends: Styles, Colours and Shapes

    The sun is out, the pubs are open and it is time to welcome the great British Summer and all that goes with it. And what does Summer equal in jewellery terms? That’s right, you’ve guessed it, BEADS! Fun, frivolous and in every conceivable shape, colour and style; they are just what we need right […]

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  • Book Review: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers by Melissa Hunt

    Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers is a large format, paperback book produced by Search Press, the aficionados of art and craft publishing. It is spread across 192 pages and split into three separate sections covering; Tools and Materials, Settings and Techniques and Resources. The first thing that grabs your attention when you pick up this […]

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    Designer of the Month – July 2020 – Lydia Taylor

    July’s Designer of the Month is Lydia Taylor. An artistic silversmith that enjoys working with copper and silver, as well as sculpting with metal clay. Learn more about her, her background, what inspires her and what she thinks will be the next trend to take off with jewellery makers in this month’s Designer of the […]

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  • Father’s Day 2020: Gift Ideas

    Falling on the 21st of June this year, Father’s Day is fast approaching once again. Men in general can be notoriously tricky to please and often call for gift buying that is just a little left of centre to strike the right note. The Cooksongold website makes the perfect hunting ground for those searching for […]

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    Book Review: Beading for the Absolute Beginner by Liz Thornton and Jean Power

    Beading for the Absolute Beginner, 999 A160, £12.99  Beading and its associated techniques can, at times, feel like a different language and can be more than a little confusing to anyone not familiar with the craft. This is why well written books can be such a godsend. And, I am happy to say ‘Beading for […]

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    Designer of the Month – June 2020 – Emma Roy

    June’s Designer of the Month is Emma Roy. She is a designer who fell in love with jewellery making after taking a jewellery making course, who likes to work with silver clay and likes her pieces to have elements of nature and magic. Learn more about her, her background, what inspires her and what she […]

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  • Book Review: Make it with Air-Dry Clay by Fay De Winter

    As a fan of air-drying clay, I was very interested to see what this book had to offer. Basic techniques are quite easy to pick up and are almost instinctive, particularly if you are used to working with pastry or fondant icing, but as far as adding colour and finishes are concerned, I am less […]

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    Designer of the Month – May 2020 – Amanda Thorpe

    May’s Designer of the Month is Amanda Thorpe. She is a designer from a Derbyshire who enjoys working with sterling silver and metal clay. Drawing on the natural world for inspiration, Amanda has created some stunning designs. Learn more about her, her background, what inspires her and what she thinks will be the next trend […]

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  • Starting Out? Our 7 Top Jewellery Making Tutorials Online for Beginners

    When you’re new to jewellery making, it can be difficult to know where to start. After all, there are so many designs and techniques to choose from. Should you start by making a silver ring? Master the art of beading? Or learn how to work with resin? We’ve got plenty of jewellery making tutorials online […]

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