Designer of the Month: Katherine Lawrie

Katherine Lawrie at the bench

Having been surrounded by jewellery making for most of her life, jeweller Katherine favours traditional techniques and materials when creating her handmade jewellery pieces, and takes lots of inspiration from the countryside around her home in the South of England. Read the following interview to discover more about her background and her jewellery designs. Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Ecosilver

Ecosilver bullion

In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their buying decisions, we want to know where our goods have come from but also how they have been produced. As such, things are changing for the better, with companies working hard to provide more protection for workers as well as full accountability and traceability of their products, whilst also … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Helen Griffiths

Helen Griffiths jewellery

The jeweller’s saw is an essential tool in Helen’s workspace, with her using it to make a variety of designs which are mainly inspired by nature. Find out about Helen’s work, her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jewellery maker and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the … [Read more...]

How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

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If you’re still in the process of mastering the use of your round nose pliers, this is the ideal jewellery making project for you to take on. In this tutorial you’ll learn two new skills: How to make wire rings – a simple ring made with leftover wire that will help you master the use of your pliers and get creative with your own design ideas. How to make wire rings with … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Annamarie McHugh

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A variety of materials go into the pieces made by Annamarie, including silver and enamel, with the designs in her handmade jewellery collection being inspired mainly by fantasy and faeries. In the following Designer of the Month interview, we spoke to her about her background, what she has learnt from her time as a jeweller and more… Let us know a bit about yourself, … [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...]

Designer of the Month: Tamara Zecevic

Tamara Zecevic ring

Trained goldsmith and jewellery tutor Tamara works mostly with use silver and enamel to create her designs, although is open to using a wide variety of other materials when making conceptual jewellery pieces. Read on to learn more about her work, the advice she would give to those who are new to the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Fancy Jewellery Clasps and How to Use Them

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Following our guide to the essential types of jewellery clasp, which looked at the pros and cons of basic clasps you might use in handmade jewellery projects, we will now cover some of the more elaborate styles available as well as suggesting how and when is suitable to use them. There are three main factors to consider when choosing a clasp for your jewellery design; … [Read more...]

Looking Forward to 2019

coral bead

A new year brings with it a new colour palette, and 2019 welcomes the warm peachy tones of coral as it’s colour of the year. Recent years have brought with them the cooler tones of purple and blue – in fact, it’s not since 2012 that have we seen such a warm and vibrant shade – so interiors, fashion and jewellery are certainly due a change of direction to coincide with this new … [Read more...]