Top 5: Bullion

If you had to take a guess as to the most popular bullion products that we sell here at Cooksongold, what do you think they would be? Whether wire, sheet or tube, I’m sure you all have favourites of your own, but there are a few products that (despite our ever growing range) remain our top sellers come rain or shine. Take a look at our bestselling bullion favourites listed … [Read more...]

A Brief History of Jewellery Hallmarking

Want to learn more about the origins of gold and silver hallmarks? Discover more about the history of hallmarking including, how it all started, why it’s considered important, and how to hallmark your own jewellery with our step by step guide. Check out our guide on how to hallmark jewellery.  Assay Office Marks (image source: The Assay Office) Where do jewellery … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline (61TR JJMV) ‘Tourmaline’ is a general family name for gemstones which have a complex borosilicate crystal structure. It comes in a huge variety of different colours, each of which is named individually. Some of the more distinctive varieties, like the Watermelon Tourmaline, are easily recognised and quite readily available, but there are other more exotic … [Read more...]

Top 5: Beads and Stringing

Our Beads and Stringing category here at Cooksongold offers a wide and diverse selection of products, spanning everything from the very basic, to the completely obscure. There are far too many products to mention individually, so I thought instead I would take a look at our top 5 selling items across the subsections (Beads, Charm Beads, Base Metal, Stringing and Swarovski … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Cubic Zirconia

What is cubic zirconia (CZ)? Cubic Zirconia, or CZ as it is widely known, is a man-made diamond substitute which displays many of the desirable features of a diamond without the expensive price tag. The CZ diamond was first developed in the 1970s and has since gone on to be exceedingly popular with consumers wanting a little bit of sparkle. White CZ Stones CZs are actually … [Read more...]

Semi Set Mounts and Cast Band Rings

9ct White Semi Set Diamond Ring Mount Here at Cooksongold we are always on the lookout for new and interesting products which will not only enhance the range for your customers but also, where possible, that will make your life easier. Items which require less labour to bring them to fruition are always a bonus, as they mean a much faster turnaround which is crucial when … [Read more...]

The Origins of Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the period of 40 days prior to Easter in the Christian Calendar), and is unique to the UK along with a small number of other European countries. Contrary to popular belief however, Mothering Sunday and Mothers Day are not the same occasion, despite our modern day adoption of the term! To be absolutely precise: … [Read more...]

Review: Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers by Elizabeth Bone is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of silversmithing, suitable for the jeweller rather than the metal smith (sounds self explanatory, but it needs to be clarified). Other similar texts tend to adopt a generalised approach for those creating decorative objects rather than pieces to wear, but not this book … [Read more...]

Designer Feature: Wendy Ramshaw

Wendy Ramshaw is without doubt one of the most important and successful British jewellers of our time, and most people who have studied jewellery in any depth will know her name. She rose to fame during the 1970s when her imaginative metal work earned her much acclaim, but she has since gone on to produce a wide and varied body of work which includes performance art and … [Read more...]

What is Tanzanite?

Want to learn more about Tanzanite gemstone? You might have a lot of questions like, "what is Tanzanite?" or "what does Tanzanite look like?" Either way, our detailed guide includes where it comes from, the stone's history, and how it's formed. Find out all the answers to your Tanzanite related questions below. What is Tanzanite Stone?  First things first, we need to know the … [Read more...]