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...]

Designer of the Month: Katherine Lawrie

Katherine Lawrie at the bench

Having been surrounded by jewellery making for most of her life, jeweller Katherine favours traditional techniques and materials when creating her handmade jewellery pieces, and takes lots of inspiration from the countryside around her home in the South of England. Read the following interview to discover more about her background and her jewellery designs. Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

gallery strip on a bench peg

Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [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...]

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...]

What Is Onyx Gemstone?

onyx gemstone

Curious about the onyx gemstone? Here’s everything you need to know about onyx, its properties, and how to recognise a real black onyx gemstone from the rest. What is onyx stone? Onyx is a variety of stone that comes from Chalcedony. Chalcedony is a silicate mineral, mostly made of calcite (similar to marble and granite) and it usually features contrasting layers of … [Read more...]