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...]

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

Sterling Silver Heart and Star Design Three Stacking Rings

The race is now on to bag that last minute Valentine’s Day gift. To give you a helping hand, let us guide you through some items from our range so you can make sure you are well prepared when it comes to giving a special gift to a loved one on Valentine’s Day this year. Sterling Silver Heart and Star Design Three Stacking Rings, Size O (VRS 222O)  First up are the beautiful … [Read more...]

Choosing Wedding Jewellery for Bridesmaids

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Set Infinity Connector

Creating or buying jewellery for bridesmaids can be a tricky business. Regardless of the scale of a wedding, if there will be bridesmaids then there will undoubtedly be different ages, sizes, styles and characters to consider - and so if you are trying to achieve a uniform look, this can be a challenge! To do this for bridesmaids, you could either decide on a colour or motif … [Read more...]

Buy Antique Jewellery To Re-Work For Re-Sale

For any avid jewellery maker, there are always different and exciting ways to expand on your skillset and your collection. Whether you try your hand at new designs for technique practice, or you expand your range to include items you maybe didn’t offer before, there are lots of avenues to explore when it comes to broadening your repertoire. One way we’ve looked at broadening … [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...]

Stocking Filler Gift Ideas 2018

Silver animal themed jewellery

Every year we bring you a list of some of the best stocking filler ideas we have to offer at Christmas for jewellery makers and more, so without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our picks for this year as there isn’t long left to buy those gifts for loved ones! Not after stocking fillers but still need that special gift for the jeweller in your life? Read this post … [Read more...]

What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

artisan metal forming set

Our extensive range of jewellery making materials and supplies is constantly changing and evolving, meaning sometimes it can be a little difficult to keep up – so with that in mind, we have gathered together a collection of some of our latest additions below to ensure you don’t miss out on these new products. Halo Settings If you are short on time but still want to give … [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...]

Halloween Jewellery Making and Craft Ideas

ghost charm bead

It won’t be long until it’s time to dust off that skeleton outfit and dig out the pumpkin carving kit.  Yes, Halloween is just round the corner and if you looking for a few ideas to get you into a suitably spooky mood, then look no further. Halloween Charm Beads Sterling Silver Pumpkin Charm Bead (NVQ1 B024)  Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and no celebration is … [Read more...]

Selling To Retailers: 5 Things They Want From Your Jewellery

set of jewellery products

Researching where to sell jewellery and thinking of pitching products to retailers can be daunting. Whether you’re dabbling with a small shop on Etsy or you have your own successful space online, with the right tactics, and a little determination, you’ll be able to sell your jewellery to retailers (as long as you’re ready for at least a couple of knockbacks on your … [Read more...]