Designer of the Month: Nadège Renée Cassar

Rutlated Quartz and Herkimer Diamonds Necklace

Jewellery maker Nadège uses a variety of materials to create her designs, from traditional precious metals to plastic and other recycled components. View some of her work, read about where she gets her inspiration from and more in this Designer of the Month interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making … [Read more...]

Different Types of Metal for Jewellery Making

silver sheet and gold wire

With so many varieties of metal available, we thought we would go back to basics and examine some of the different types of metal that can be used for jewellery making today. To begin with, let’s look at some of the general terms you might come across when dealing with metal: What is Precious Metal? A precious metal is a naturally occurring metallic element, which is rare … [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...]

Tips and Tools For Sawing Sheet Metal

Sawing Tools

Build out your workbench step by step… In this series of blogs for beginner jewellers, we’ve been helping you piece together the tools you need to be fully equipped to become a professional. From basic workbench essentials to filing tools and polishing techniques, we hope you find this latest instalment useful – it’s all about cutting sheet metal and using a jeweller’s saw … [Read more...]

The Impact of Victorian Jewellery Designs

Jewellery in the age of Queen Victoria Did you know that Queen Victoria ruled for over 63 years? Stylistically, the Victorian period was a huge melting pot of ideas which were strongly influenced by social and industrial developments of the time. But Victoria herself was also largely responsible for many of the changing styles and fashions as she was a popular monarch who … [Read more...]

How to use pearls in precious metal jewellery.

In this post I will be showing you a simple little trick on how to use pearls in your jewellery! From elegant drop pearl earrings, to rings, brooches, anything you can think of. You could also use this trick in beaded jewellery as well as precious metal! If you've wanted to use pearls before, but aren't sure how or what tools and adhesive to use, read on to find out! What … [Read more...]

Designer Feature – Gosia Niedzwiedzka

Designer Gosia Niedzwiedzka speaks to us about her inspirations, her techniques and her designs. Since I remember I have always been creative and passionate about crafts, art and tradition. I like to keep my hands busy. Creating little objects like handbags, clay sculptures, lampshades and jewellery is something I love and enjoy doing. Seeing another unique piece of jewellery … [Read more...]