Designer of the Month: Katherine Lawrie

Katherine Lawrie at the bench

Having been surrounded by jewellery making for most of her life, jeweller Katherine favours traditional techniques and materials when creating her handmade jewellery pieces, and takes lots of inspiration from the countryside around her home in the South of England. Read the following interview to discover more about her background and her jewellery designs. Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

How to Use Gallery Strip

cabochon gemstone ring

Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

gallery strip on a bench peg

Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Ecosilver

Ecosilver bullion

In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their buying decisions, we want to know where our goods have come from but also how they have been produced. As such, things are changing for the better, with companies working hard to provide more protection for workers as well as full accountability and traceability of their products, whilst also … [Read more...]

What Is Solder Paste? And How Do You Use It?

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Heard of solder paste syringes? But not sure how to use them? Read our guide to solder paste below and learn more about the advantages of solder paste and when you should use it. What is solder paste? Solder paste is a mixture of metal solder powder and flux – the two elements required to successfully solder together two pieces of metal. Much like any other form of solder, … [Read more...]

How To Increase Etsy Sales

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Have your Etsy sales taken a sudden dive? Are you tired of coasting along at a “normal” purchase rate and want to supercharge your jewellery sales quickly and efficiently? We understand how difficult it can be to get your products noticed. You may invest lots of your free time crafting handmade jewellery that you’re proud of, only for it to sit on your Etsy store unnoticed. … [Read more...]

What Is Moissanite?

moissanite stone

Moissanite. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can you use it as part of your latest stone set jewellery designs? Find out everything you need to know about the moissanite stone below, from its properties, its look, and where to buy them. What is a moissanite stone? Moissanite is an incredibly rare and naturally occurring stone that is usually colourless but emits … [Read more...]

Top 6 Jewellery Trends To Look Out For In 2019

feather necklace

Keeping up with the latest jewellery trends for your customers can be tricky. If you base your jewellery business model on hitting big trends in the industry it pays to plan and stay ahead of the curve. That’s why we’ve put together some of the current jewellery trends for 2019 so that you’re in the loop on what your customers are shopping for: Top 6 Popular Jewellery … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Helen Griffiths

Helen Griffiths jewellery

The jeweller’s saw is an essential tool in Helen’s workspace, with her using it to make a variety of designs which are mainly inspired by nature. Find out about Helen’s work, her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jewellery maker and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]