Your Guide To The Best Drill Bits For Metal

metal drill bit

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?

onyx gemstone

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...]

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...]

What Are Classic Parallel Action Pliers?

Classic Parallel Action Pliers, Brass Jaw Flat Nose

Classic parallel pliers are an essential bench item, and are often part of even the most basic tool kit for jewellers. Quite different in appearance from other pliers, parallel action pliers hold their position thanks to a compound box joint system, which means they provide an extremely strong grip and won’t spring back once pressure is released. Classic Parallel Action … [Read more...]

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...]

A Guide To Foredom Flex Shaft Tools

Whatever stage you’ve reached in your jewellery making career, you’ll know that one of the most invaluable tools available to us is the flex shaft tool (also known as a pendant motor and flexible shaft rotary tool, among many other things!). As a fundamental part of our professional jeweller’s toolkit, it’s worth figuring out which type of flex shaft tool fits your style of … [Read more...]

Guide To Jewellery Hammers For Beginners

jewellery hammers infographic

New to jewellery making? There’s a whole host of jewellery making tools out there that you may not have heard of yet, and jewellery hammers will certainly take centre stage on that list. With the sheer number of hammers professional jewellers use, it can be quite a task to remember what they’re called, let alone how to use them effectively! Whatever jewellery making skill … [Read more...]

How To Use The Proxxon TBM 220 Bench Drill

proxxon bench drill and vice

Wondering how to use drill machines to drill through metal for your jewellery creations? Like many jewellers, you may have used flex shafts previously. However, if you’re looking for an advanced piece of machinery that’s even more precise, you might consider using a Proxxon bench drill. Take a look at our video, where Lydia Niziblian, jewellery maker and designer, explains … [Read more...]

What Is Jeweller’s Rouge?

jewellers rouge bar

When creating new jewellery pieces for your collection, you may want to add a high shine mirror finish to your silver and gold. The best way to achieve this? By using jeweller’s rouge. Watch our customer review video to discover more about how Dave Wilson (the artisan behind Celtic Dreams jewellery) uses jeweller’s rouge to add a finishing touch to his own creations, and then … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Dremel

Dremel hand torch

Dremel is one of the more widely recognised brands of jewellery tools stocked here at Cooksongold, as they are well known for their rotary drills and accessories which can perform a wide variety of jewellery making tasks. Dremel produced their first rotary drill in 1934, and today still produce one of the widest ranges of hand drills on the market. Now owned by the Robert … [Read more...]