Choosing a Chain for your Pendant

Choosing a chain can be difficult. With so much choice available out there, it can be hard to know where to begin, particularly if you are selecting something as a gift. There are, however, a few simple rules which can make the task easier. By breaking the process down into a few simple steps you will quickly narrow the choice which will help tremendously. Here are a few … [Read more...]

Swarovski: New Additions

Swarovski have always been great innovators and our range is constantly being updated to reflect this with new designs, colours and cuts frequently popping up online and instore. Swarovski’s newest collections for Spring/Summer 2020 are based around the ‘Power of Emotions’ and focus principally on helping the consumer to reconnect with their inner calm, creativity and … [Read more...]

How To Use A Cooksongold Rolling Mill

How to Use a Cooksongold Rolling Mill

Thinking of investing in a jewellery rolling mill? The Cooksongold rolling mill is an excellent option for beginners who are just starting out and professionals who need to update their equipment with a new, afforable option. Already picked up the Cooksongold rolling mill? Watch our video tutorial and use our step by step instructions to set up your rolling mill correctly … [Read more...]

What Is Rhodochrosite?

What is Rhodochrosite

Looking for an unusually coloured gemstone to add to your latest designs? Well, if your jewellery making is complemented by soft pastel tones, you may want to learn more about the pink tones of the rhodochrosite gemstone. What is the rhodochrosite gemstone? Rhodocrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that ranges from a subtle rose pink to a bright pink fuscia red, sometimes … [Read more...]

New Modern Chain Styles

Following on from our previous focus on new chain, we thought we could take this opportunity to look at exactly what constitutes ‘new’ in an extremely crowded market place. Many chain styles have been around for what seems like forever and often it can be difficult to shake a pre-existing association you have, with a certain type of chain. However, chain design is so much … [Read more...]

How To Cut Sheet Metal At Home

How to Cut Sheet Metal at Home

Cutting sheet metal is a fundamental skill that all metalsmiths will need to master before they graduate onto more complex materials and designs in their work. It may seem simple, but learning how to cut sheet metal cleanly and accurately can take practice but it will stand you in good stead to get the basics right, whatever you’re making. How to cut sheet metal by hand Read … [Read more...]

What Are The Best Files For Metalworking?

What Are The Best Files For Metalworking

Files have been used for metalworking from as early as the Middle Ages – and they’re still essential in metalworking today. But with so many files readily available, it can be hard to know which ones to use for your projects. So, if you’re struggling with figuring out the right types of metal files to use, we can help you out. Whether you’re making rings, pendants or stone … [Read more...]

How To Choose Your Jewellery Business Name

Jewellery Business Name Ideas

Starting out in the jewellery industry and wondering how to choose a business name? There are a few things you should consider before deciding. Understanding the importance of your name is essential in the jewellery industry as it’ll impact sales, reflect your brand and either stunt or boost the growth of your business. To help you on your way, we’ll talk you through how to … [Read more...]

Extender Chains – Making sure you get the right length

When choosing a chain, particularly on someone else’s behalf, getting the length right can be tricky. Not only do you have to consider the size of the neck it’s going around but also, the size of the pendant it's intended for. As well as its strength, style, alloy and the position it will hang on the body. So, what do you do if you are unsure, or worse still, have already … [Read more...]

5 Different Metal Working Files For Beginners

Metal Working Files for Beginners

Building out your jewellery making tool kit? You’ll already know that there are a huge amount of metal working files that you could invest in to perfect your craft. But let’s face it - not everyone has the budget to pick up their ideal kit right from the off. When you’re just starting out it’s worth getting to know the different types of hand files available to you so that … [Read more...]