How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]

Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

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Starting out in the jewellery making industry can be challenging, but if you’re equipped with the right tools to create original, statement pieces, it becomes a whole lot easier. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to choosing the best drill bits for metal jewellery. There are different touches you can give your jewellery using metal drill bits, depending on the … [Read more...]

What Is Onyx Gemstone?

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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...]

How to Use Halo Earring Settings

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What is a Halo Setting? For anyone not familiar with a halo design, its defining feature is a decorative ring of metal which surrounds a stone setting, often making it look much bigger and giving it a greater presence. The halo itself is not functional, but it usually contains a functional element such as a claw to secure a stone. Halos come in many different forms; some … [Read more...]

A Guide to Jewellery Tool Kits for Beginners

University Student Tool Kit

Buying a ready-made tool kit can be a great way to equip you with the basic tools needed to start making jewellery, or even replace tools you may have had in your workshop for some time. In our range of jewellery tools, for instance, we offer many kits to choose from which all have been put together by experts who know exactly what you are going to need. You can also expect … [Read more...]

Different Types of Metal for Jewellery Making

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With so many varieties of metal available, we thought we would go back to basics and examine some of the different types of metal that can be used for jewellery making today. To begin with, let’s look at some of the general terms you might come across when dealing with metal: What is Precious Metal? A precious metal is a naturally occurring metallic element, which is rare … [Read more...]

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...]

Fancy Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

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Following our guide to the essential types of jewellery clasp, which looked at the pros and cons of basic clasps you might use in handmade jewellery projects, we will now cover some of the more elaborate styles available as well as suggesting how and when is suitable to use them. There are three main factors to consider when choosing a clasp for your jewellery design; … [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...]

What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

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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...]