Designer of the Month: Tamara Zecevic

Tamara Zecevic ring

Trained goldsmith and jewellery tutor Tamara works mostly with use silver and enamel to create her designs, although is open to using a wide variety of other materials when making conceptual jewellery pieces. Read on to learn more about her work, the advice she would give to those who are new to the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Books Perfect for Jewellery Makers This Christmas

Metal Patination Techniques For Jewellers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola

A good book to read over the Christmas break can take many forms. Maybe you like comedy, period dramas or perhaps a bit of crime fiction? If you or a jeweller you know prefers to take a more factual approach on the other hand, our non-fiction jewellery making books might just be what you are looking for. We stock a wide selection of texts, covering a broad range of creative … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

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With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

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Jeweller Karen J Ward uses a range of traditional techniques when making her jewellery pieces, such as chasing and repoussé, texturing and stone setting. Read on to learn more about her varying design style, the tools and materials she favours and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. When I … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Isobel Stamford

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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...]

Professional Tools Focus: Fretz

Fretz Goldsmiths Hammer

Fretz Design is an American company started in 1970, as a jewellery venture, by husband and wife team Marian and Bill Fretz. Both were originally involved in different areas of the industry, and combined their collective skills to start a small specialist company which initially focussed on the production of bespoke pieces. As time went on, their area of expertise began to … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Foredom

Foredom Pendant Motor

Foredom Electric Co. are an American manufacturing company based in Connecticut, USA, and are world renowned for their superior quality flexible shaft, rotary power tools. In fact, according to their company website they are the leading manufacturer of these types of tools worldwide. So what makes Foredom products so special? Foredom was established in 1922 and has developed … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Anca Popescu

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Jewellery maker Anca gave up her career in engineering to start her own jewellery business, and now makes a wide range of pieces by using traditional techniques as well as crocheting. Learn more about her unique jewellery designs by reading about her work in this interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery … [Read more...]

Review: ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Advertised as a bracelet bending tool, these little pliers are so much more! I used the ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Pliers (product code 999 I123) as designed, to bend a sterling silver bracelet bar and they produce an extremely smooth and gentle bend, resulting in a cuff that fits an average size wrist. The handles of the pliers … [Read more...]