Gemstone Focus: Agate

Agate is very similar in its composition to Quartz (Silicon Dioxide), but can be identified from its distinctive curved banding which occurs in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and recognisable effects is the concentric banding, which is similar in appearance to the inside of a tree trunk when sliced through. Due to its porosity, Agate is often dyed to … [Read more...]

Top 5: Gemstones

So if you had to guess, what do you think our bestselling gemstones would be? Read on to discover what our most popular stones are right now and find out if your instincts are correct. You might find a few surprises in store... Sky Blue Topaz, Round, 4mm (product code 61TO ADTF) Sky Blue Topaz, Round, 4mm With blue being one of the most popular colours across the globe, I … [Read more...]

The Eternity Ring

Looking for more information about eternity rings? Would you like to know more about the meaning of eternity rings and why they are given as gifts? Discover more about eternity rings with our guide below, from what finger it traditionally goes on, to the difference between half and full eternity rings. What is an eternity ring? An eternity ring is also sometimes known as an … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Jade

What we commonly refer to as Jade is in actual fact two slightly different minerals, known as Jadeite and Nephrite. Both have been used for centuries to produce decorative carvings which are particularly prevalent in China to this day; however the practice is said to date back over 2000 years and has produced some truly magnificent results. Nephrite Jade Both Jadeite and … [Read more...]

Review: Hot and Cold Connections

Tim McCreight is an American artist and teacher who is well known and widely respected within the jewellery and silver smithing industry. He has written over a dozen books on metal technique covering a broad range of subjects including PMC, Knife Making, Casting and also Design Theory. However, McCreight is perhaps best known for his ‘Complete Metalsmith’ series which is highly … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Quartz

Rock Crystal (image source: Wikipedia) Quartz is the generic name for stones with a basis of Silicon Dioxide and it covers a broad range of well-known semi-precious stones, including Amethyst and Citrine. It comes in a variety of colours, but the most common and widely available form of quartz is Rock Crystal (pictured above) which is colourless and transparent. It can be … [Read more...]

Fathers Day Gift Inspiration

Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Traditionally it is a day to honour Fathers as well as Father figures such as Granddads and Father-in-Laws, and originated in the USA in the 1900s. It was subsequently adopted in the UK and has been celebrated since with ever increasing momentum! Anchor Cufflinks (X2A 109) Gifts for Father’s Day tend to be of a … [Read more...]

Review: The Knotting and Braiding Bible

by Jo Varney If, like me, you don’t know the difference between a Larks head, a Carrick bend and a half-hitch, then The Knotting and Braiding Bible by Dorothy Wood is going to be a fantastic voyage of discovery! Creative knotting is a vast subject full of somewhat alien terminology, which for beginners (of which I am one) can seem a little daunting. However, I am pleased to … [Read more...]