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

sliding clasp

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...]

Designer of the Month: Samuel Phillips

cufflinks

With a background in blacksmithing, jewellery maker Samuel now uses a lot of traditional silversmithing techniques in his work, along with casting and forging, to make a range of simple yet stunning designs. Discover where he gets the inspiration for his pieces from and more in the following interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and … [Read more...]

How To Melt Silver To Make Jewellery

melting silver

Melting silver is an easy process once you get to know the fundamental principles of the metal’s melting points. Commonly used by many jewellers due to its lower melting point, silver is a great place to start when learning how to melt metal to make more complex jewellery designs, and graduate to more difficult soldering techniques. Use our beginner’s guide on the art of … [Read more...]

Recent Jewellery and Metal Trends

rose gold beaded rings

Like all trends, metal trends come and go and often move in cycles when tracked over a significant period of time. There are many different factors which can affect what is popular at any one time, however, the bottom line remains – what products are selling best and that always makes for interesting reading. Take engagement rings for example. There was a very clear shift … [Read more...]

How to Prevent and Remove Metal Tarnish

Anti-Tarnish Static Intercept Non-abrasive Tabs

Unsightly metal tarnish is one of those annoying and persistent problems which can become the bane of a jeweller’s life if not addressed correctly. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today which will effectively help with removing and preventing metal tarnish on jewellery, and alleviate the development of the dreaded black bloom. So what is metal … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Karen J Ward

wrap leaf ring

Jeweller Karen J Ward uses a range of traditional techniques when making her jewellery pieces, such as chasing and repoussé, texturing and stone setting. Read on to learn more about her varying design style, the tools and materials she favours and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. When I … [Read more...]

How To Make Silver Stacking Rings

a beaded stacking ring, with bezel and cabochon gemstones set

Stacking rings are a great piece of jewellery to master when you’re just starting out. With their versatility and adaptability, and the fact that they seem to be more popular than ever, learning how to make silver stacking rings will stand you in good stead to learn some basic jewellery making techniques such as filing, soldering and polishing. Here’s how to make silver … [Read more...]