Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 3

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We have reached the third and final part in our series of articles covering the huge range of jewellery clasps that are available. Now in our final instalment, we bring together some more designs of jewellery clasp, along with suggestions on where they might be most suited to give you a helping hand in choosing the right one for your handmade jewellery piece. Previously in … [Read more...]

How To Make Byzantine Chain

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Looking for a new jewellery making technique to diversify your designs? Learning how to make byzantine chain or a byzantine weave is an excellent way of branching out into different looks that could become the basis of a new collection. Follow our step by step guide below on making byzantine chain. Once you’ve got the basics, you can then use this technique to create not … [Read more...]

Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

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Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [Read more...]

How to Use Halo Earring Settings

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What is a Halo Setting? For anyone not familiar with a halo design, its defining feature is a decorative ring of metal which surrounds a stone setting, often making it look much bigger and giving it a greater presence. The halo itself is not functional, but it usually contains a functional element such as a claw to secure a stone. Halos come in many different forms; some … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 2

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Following part one of our guide to the types of jewellery clasp, which looked at the pros and cons of basic clasps you might use in handmade jewellery projects, we will now cover some of the more elaborate styles available as well as suggesting how and when is suitable to use them. To learn about other styles of clasp, don't forget you can also take a look at the other parts … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalised Rings with Metal Stamping Techniques

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Metal stamping is a great way to make handmade jewellery designs which feature personalised messages and patterns. Using only a few tools and simple techniques, you can be well on your way to producing a professional piece of hand stamped jewellery which is customised to the recipient – and with our range of ring stamping blanks, it is now even easier to make personalised rings … [Read more...]

How To Make Personalised Silver Bangles With Metal Stamping Techniques

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Have you tried your hand at metal stamping? Personalised bangles are a great way to improve on your metal stamping techniques. With just a few tools and tricks you’ll be able to produce a professional piece of personalised stamped jewellery that could be the start of a new way of producing and customising your jewellery pieces. Read our step by step guide below, stock up on … [Read more...]

Chain Guide For Beginners

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A Beginner’s Guide To Different Types of Chain If you’re planning on including chain in your jewellery designs, you may want to understand the different types and style options that you can use. Our handy guide to chain will help you understand all the options available to you, so you can choose a chain that complements your jewellery designs. To supplement this, you … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 1

Jewellery Clasps

Jewellery clasps come in all shapes, sizes and price points. A variety of types of clasps for necklaces and different types of bracelet closures are available, with Cooksongold stocking over 500 different jewellery clasps in a number of styles and alloys - so where do you start and how do you pick a clasp for your jewellery making project? Well there is really no definitive … [Read more...]