What’s New at Cooksongold: Winter 2018/19

artisan metal forming set

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...]

Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

cufflinks

With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

Organise Your Jewellery Making Workspace

Wooden File Stand

Christmas is coming! Yes, the mince pies and selection boxes are slowly creeping into stores, as retailers begin to build up their stocks for the big event. It may still be early, but the calm before the storm is a great opportunity to take stock and get organised. There is nothing more therapeutic than a good sort out, so why not do it now before things get too busy. If you … [Read more...]

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...]

Halloween Jewellery Making and Craft Ideas

ghost charm bead

It won’t be long until it’s time to dust off that skeleton outfit and dig out the pumpkin carving kit.  Yes, Halloween is just round the corner and if you looking for a few ideas to get you into a suitably spooky mood, then look no further. Halloween Charm Beads Sterling Silver Pumpkin Charm Bead (NVQ1 B024)  Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and no celebration is … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Beginner Jewellery Making Projects

sterling silver bunny necklace

When you first decide to try your hand at jewellery making, the sheer amount of materials, projects and tools can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? What supplies will you need? To help narrow down your options a little we’ve put together our top 5 beginner jewellery making projects. With each project comes a full step by step guide for the project itself, what tools and … [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...]

What Is Rose Gold and Why Is It So Popular?

rose gold beaded ring

Rose gold has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity over the past few years. It has gone from rather an unfashionable colour choice (more popular in Italy and other European countries) to a classic in both accessories and home interiors, and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. Here, we’ll answer the big questions: what is rose gold and what makes it so … [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...]

Top 3 Ocean Themed Jewellery Pieces To Create At Home

Impressart Wave Design Stamp

Whether you specialised in silversmithing or you work primarily with beads, there’s one thing that unites us all as jewellery makers. We’re always on the hunt for inspiration. So, here’s a little inspiration for your next project idea – our top ocean themed jewellery pieces for you to try out for yourself and adapt to your own signature style. 1. The nautical … [Read more...]