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...]

Designer of the Month: Ivan Kuyumdzhiev

Ivan

Jewellery maker Ivan Kuyumdzhiev comes from a long line of goldsmiths in Bulgaria and has been jewellery making since the age of 16. He likes to create traditional Bulgarian designs with diverse materials, as well as 3D printing. View some of his work, read about where he gets his inspiration from and more in this month's Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit … [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...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Debbie Briggs

Debbie Briggs

Jewellery maker Debbie Briggs or Debonair Creations designs easy on the eye pieces that are simple but accentuate the gemstones she is working with. View some of her work, read about where she gets her inspiration from and more in this Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [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...]

What’s the Best Diamond Alternative

whats-the-best-diamond-alternative

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 To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

stone set ring

Interested in learning how to set a stone in a 4-claw ring? Whether you’re planning on setting your own engagement ring or are keen to expand your jewellery making expertise, use our video tutorial and our guide as a reference for learning some basic stone setting techniques. In this guide we’ll talk you through the tools needed for stone setting, and the fundamental steps of … [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...]