Designer of the Month: Katie Belcher

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Self-taught jewellery maker Katie Belcher creates her pieces mainly from silver, using metal stamping techniques to give the designs that personal touch. Discover more about her background, her favourite handmade jewellery piece and more in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Evgeniya Dunning

Sapphire ring

In 2013, Evgeniya gave up her job in marketing to become a full time jewellery maker and designer, and has not looked back since. She now uses a wide variety of techniques and skills to create her antique style, classic pieces, which often feature gemstones. Read more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Claire Wrixton

Gemstone Pendants

With over 10 years’ experience of using silver clay to make jewellery, Claire is now developing her silversmithing technique. She likes to take inspiration for her designs from a number of sources, including her home county of Dorset and the Jurassic coast. Read on to find out more about her work… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Men’s Jewellery: The Prince Harry Effect

Sterling Silver Screwable Smooth Bangle

According to Retail Jeweller Magazine, the Royal Wedding is set to increase UK retail sales by £195.5million by the end of August. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that this will all be spent on commemorative plates though; the effect of such an event will reach most sales sectors with few exceptions, as we live in a world so obsessed by celebrities. We have experienced the … [Read more...]

Popular Beads for Handmade Jewellery This Summer

glass charm bead

Whether you prefer festival chic or beach fashion, Summer is a time when we opt for lighter, more fun accessories and beads are always a perennial favourite, regardless of trends. There are literally thousands upon thousands of different styles, sizes and materials to choose from, so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at what is popular right now. Filigree … [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...]

Summer Jewellery Trends in 2018

Tassel Earrings

The summer months tend to bring out our more frivolous sides when it comes to fashion, and our jewellery choices are no exception to this. It stands to reason that when the weather warms up you don’t want to feel weighed down by your accessories, which is why we favour lighter and brighter pieces to accentuate our summer wardrobe. One designer who embraces ‘frivolous’ whole … [Read more...]

Exhibitions and Shows in Summer 2018

Jewellery Display

Summer is a great time to get out and about if you are seeking some motivation for your next jewellery or craft project. Below are just a few highlights to look out for, which will be sure to get those creative juices well and truly flowing… The Everyday and the Extraordinary 9th June - 9th September Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, … [Read more...]

How to Resize a Ring

Ring Stretcher Reducer Pro

Inevitably when you start making jewellery, it won’t be too long before someone asks you to resize a ring and so the following information is a basic guide to ring sizing for beginners. It is intended to be used for plain rings only. Rings containing stones are best given to an expert to deal with, unless you are experienced and proficient at ring sizing as they can be fraught … [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...]