Book Review: Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths

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By Jo Varney Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths - 999 A190 This is a quiet and unassuming paperback book which could go unnoticed quite easily if you weren’t looking out for it. It isn’t flashy or attention grabbing and contains no unnecessary, lengthy descriptions where they are not needed. Instead, this little book is chock full of fabulous jewellery … [Read more...]

Types of Earring Findings

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If you have pierced ears you will undoubtedly have a favorite type of earring fitting. Some of us prefer the security of posts and butterflies whilst others are happy in hooks and the choice can be quite mind boggling at times! So with that in mind, we have put together a bite sized guide to earring fittings outlining the pros and cons of each style. The first decision … [Read more...]

Wedding Ring Trends

From a sales point of view, wedding ring trends are very clear to see. Across all of the alloys there are styles which consistently sell more than the others. Court Wedding Ring Profile The classic court profile is without a doubt one of the most popular wedding rings on the market today. The domed exterior wall, coupled with the rounded interior surface, go together to … [Read more...]

Types of Silver: Understanding Precious Metals

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noble metal noun CHEMISTRY a metal (e.g. gold, silver, or platinum) that resists chemical action, does not corrode, and is not easily attacked by acids. Silver is one of our fine, noble metals which can be traced back as far as approximately 3000BC. Our fascination with silver has endured to this day thanks to not only its aesthetic properties but also its practical … [Read more...]

Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

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Here at Cooksongold, we are constantly adding new items to the range and this month we have a lot of great new chain styles making their debut. Part of our growing range of finished chains, we have an abundance of new and exciting styles for you to work with and here, we give you a rundown of some of the highlights to watch out for: Sterling Silver 1.5mm Diamond Cut Fancy … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part Two

Durston Workbench

Durston Jewellers Student Workbench Pro - 999 7219 There are many factors to consider when purchasing a work bench. Previously in Part 1, we looked at budget, size, height and storage. In part 2 we will go on to focus on bench pegs, comfort features, construction and scrap which are all things to think about when contemplating a new bench. A bench peg/pin is your main … [Read more...]

Custom Jewellery Design: 8 Common Pitfalls For Designers To Avoid

Custom Jewellery Design

As a customer jewellery designer, independent maker, and a business person you have to wear many hats. And juggling them can take up a lot of time and effort to make sure you're giving your jewellery business every possible opportunity for success. One area of your business that you certainly won't want to scrimp on is your custom jewellery design process. However that may look … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas

As Fathers Day approaches (Sunday June 16th), once again the shops are full of gifts for men ranging from the wonderful to the distinctly weird! So let us guide you through some of the more practical and dare we say it, sensible gift ideas for men that Cooksongold has to offer. Personally speaking, we love a gift voucher so if you are finding it hard to choose something … [Read more...]

Jewellers Workbench Comparison: Part 1

Durston Jewellers Workbench

A good workbench can last a lifetime so there are many considerations to take into account when choosing such a vital piece of equipment. Unfortunately budget is undoubtedly at the top of most people’s lists when it comes to what can be a considerable purchase. Fortunately Cooksongold cater for all budgets and our range starts at a reasonable £186 (Folding Jewellers Bench - 997 … [Read more...]

Fimo Kids Review

Fimo Kids Set

By Joanna Varney Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a big fan of Fimo, so I positively leapt at the opportunity to review the new Fimo Kids range which is new to Cooksongold this year. The range consists of standard individual blocks plus a series of kits all designed with children in mind and made from an extra soft Fimo formula suitable for small … [Read more...]