Ethical Jewellery Making: Discover Fairtrade Gold

Working with Fairtrade Gold

Guest blog article written by Harriet Kelsall, Founder and Chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Harriet is also Chair of the National Association of Jewellers, and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. Whilst not as well-known as Fairtrade coffee or chocolate, Fairtrade Certified Gold is becoming … [Read more...]

How to Use Halo Earring Settings

finished halo earring settings

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...]

Different Types of Metal for Jewellery Making

silver sheet and gold wire

With so many varieties of metal available, we thought we would go back to basics and examine some of the different types of metal that can be used for jewellery making today. To begin with, let’s look at some of the general terms you might come across when dealing with metal: What is Precious Metal? A precious metal is a naturally occurring metallic element, which is rare … [Read more...]

Fancy Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

sliding clasp

Following our guide to the essential 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. There are three main factors to consider when choosing a clasp for your jewellery design; … [Read more...]

Looking Forward to 2019

coral bead

A new year brings with it a new colour palette, and 2019 welcomes the warm peachy tones of coral as it’s colour of the year. Recent years have brought with them the cooler tones of purple and blue – in fact, it’s not since 2012 that have we seen such a warm and vibrant shade – so interiors, fashion and jewellery are certainly due a change of direction to coincide with this new … [Read more...]

Recent Jewellery and Metal Trends

rose gold beaded rings

Like all trends, metal trends come and go and often move in cycles when tracked over a significant period of time. There are many different factors which can affect what is popular at any one time, however, the bottom line remains – what products are selling best and that always makes for interesting reading. Take engagement rings for example. There was a very clear shift … [Read more...]

How to Prevent and Remove Metal Tarnish

Anti-Tarnish Static Intercept Non-abrasive Tabs

Unsightly metal tarnish is one of those annoying and persistent problems which can become the bane of a jeweller’s life if not addressed correctly. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today which will effectively help with removing and preventing metal tarnish on jewellery, and alleviate the development of the dreaded black bloom. So what is metal … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Catherine Marche

green tourmaline ring

The most loved tool in the workspace of jewellery designer Catherine is her mandrel for shaping and hammering rings, which she creates alongside a number of other pieces using inspiration from a variety of sources. To learn more about her work and design style, take a look at the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

What Is Rose Gold and Why Is It So Popular?

rose gold beaded ring

Rose gold has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity over the past few years. It has gone from rather an unfashionable colour choice (more popular in Italy and other European countries) to a classic in both accessories and home interiors, and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. Here, we’ll answer the big questions: what is rose gold and what makes it so … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isobel Stamford

rose ring

The inspiration for Isobel’s pieces comes from nature, with many of her finished designs being made from silver and gold. We spoke to Isobel to learn more about her work in the following interview, so read on to discover the pieces she is particularly proud of, the tool she couldn’t live without and her advice for those who are new to jewellery making… Let us know a bit … [Read more...]