Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

wrap leaf ring

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: Leanne Llewelyn

bohemian inspired ring

Self-taught jewellery maker Leanne Llewelyn takes inspiration for her pieces from her hippy roots as well as nature, a trend which she sees becoming very popular. Learn more about Leanne and her work in this Designer of the Month interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. I am a single mum … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isla Wishart

Bridal Tiara

Ethical and eco-friendly materials are a big part of the jewellery pieces made by Isla Wishart, who creates a range of designs inspired by current trends as well as one off commissions. Read on to learn more about her design style, as well as her tips for those new to jewellery making based on what she has learnt from her time in the industry. Let us know a bit about … [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...]

Cooksongold 3D Launches at International Jewellery London

Bathsheba piece

There’s no doubt that the world of jewellery is always evolving, with new tools and technologies constantly being developed and introduced to complement traditional techniques and craftsmanship. Among these new innovations for the jewellery making industry is direct precious metal 3D printing, made possible using Cooksongold’s Precious M080 system – something which we are … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Elizabeth Anne Norris

Originally an Environmental Scientist, jewellery designer Elizabeth Anne Norris uses her previous career as an influence on her pieces and the materials she uses, making designs from 100% recycled metal such as Ecosilver when possible. Take a look at the following interview to learn more about her work and time in the industry… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [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...]

How To Etch Copper In 8 Simple Steps

copper sheet ready for etching

Etching copper doesn’t have to be a complex process with the right tools and supplies to hand. With a few simple safety guidelines and some expert advice, you can create copper etched jewellery pieces that are truly unique and professionally finished. Remember, if you can draw up your own design, use a pre-stamped design, or take inspiration from other patterns and prints, you … [Read more...]