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...]

Using Beaded Wire and Beaded Rings in Handmade Jewellery

Beaded Rings and Beaded Wire

By Jo Varney It’s always nice when new products are added to Cooksongold’s range, and particularly exciting when I get to try them out! Cooksongold has recently introduced a selection of beaded wire and beaded rings, which will be useful as both a jewellery making component and as a finished jewellery piece. Beaded Rings The beaded rings are constructed from a series of … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

jewellery hallmark hammer

Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [Read more...]

The Royal Wedding: Meghan’s Jewellery

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We couldn’t let the recent royal wedding go by without taking a closer look at some of the stunning jewellery the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear on her special day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day The Engagement Ring The all-important engagement ring has been making the headlines for months now, and comprises of a slightly elongated cushion cut … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Michael Cartwright

Floral Themed Rings and Bangle

Goldsmith Michael Cartwright makes a wide range of beautiful jewellery designs, from one-off commissions to a range of stunning floral jewellery inspired by nature. Take a look at the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about his pieces, design style and the tools he couldn’t live without in his workspace… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Glossary Of Jewellery Polishing Terms

polishing-silver-jewellery

New to jewellery polishing? Want to learn more about the technical jargon that comes along with the jewellery manufacturing process? Use our glossary of polishing terms to get to grips with all the tools and terms related to the polishing process. Polishing The entire jewellery polishing process removes small amounts of the metal’s surface, leaving behind a smooth finish that … [Read more...]

Essential Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

Jewellery Clasps

Jewellery clasps come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Here at Cooksongold we stock over 500 different clasps, in a number of styles and alloys, so where do you start and how do you choose a clasp for your jewellery making project? Well there is really no definitive answer when it comes to choosing a clasp, as in most situations a range of designs would adequately do … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Alison Baird

One of Alison Baird’s favourite materials to work with is yellow gold, and she often incorporates it into her classic yet stunning jewellery designs. Read the following Designer of the Month interview to learn more about her time in the jewellery making industry, and the technique she plans to add to her skills set next… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]