Book Review: Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths

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By Jo Varney Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths - 999 A190 This is a quiet and unassuming paperback book which could go unnoticed quite easily if you weren’t looking out for it. It isn’t flashy or attention grabbing and contains no unnecessary, lengthy descriptions where they are not needed. Instead, this little book is chock full of fabulous jewellery … [Read more...]

Types of Silver: Understanding Precious Metals

Sterling Silver Sheet

noble metal noun CHEMISTRY a metal (e.g. gold, silver, or platinum) that resists chemical action, does not corrode, and is not easily attacked by acids. Silver is one of our fine, noble metals which can be traced back as far as approximately 3000BC. Our fascination with silver has endured to this day thanks to not only its aesthetic properties but also its practical … [Read more...]

Fimo Kids Review

Fimo Kids Set

By Joanna Varney Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a big fan of Fimo, so I positively leapt at the opportunity to review the new Fimo Kids range which is new to Cooksongold this year. The range consists of standard individual blocks plus a series of kits all designed with children in mind and made from an extra soft Fimo formula suitable for small … [Read more...]

Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

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When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

How to Solder Chain

How to Solder Chain

Soldering chain links is a fiddly business. But there are some techniques you can use to make sure that you’re getting it right each time. Use our step by step guide below to help you learn how to solder silver chain and gold chain using some basic principles. Soldering chain links: What are you up against? Whether a large part of your business is jewellery chain repair or … [Read more...]

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...]

How To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

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Interested in learning how to set a stone in a 4-claw ring? Whether you’re planning on setting your own engagement ring or are keen to expand your jewellery making expertise, use our video tutorial and our guide as a reference for learning some basic stone setting techniques. In this guide we’ll talk you through the tools needed for stone setting, and the fundamental steps of … [Read more...]

How To Make Resin Jewellery

resin jewellery on a bench

Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of casting resin, your next step is to figure out which type of jewellery you’d like to create when using resin. And the great thing is that you can produce any type of jewellery you can think of – resin is an incredibly versatile material that will lend itself to making decorative pendants, rings, charm bracelets and much more. To give … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Different Types of Jewellery Clasps – Part 3

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We have reached the third and final part in our series of articles covering the huge range of jewellery clasps that are available. Now in our final instalment, we bring together some more designs of jewellery clasp, along with suggestions on where they might be most suited to give you a helping hand in choosing the right one for your handmade jewellery piece. Previously in … [Read more...]

Guide To Casting Resin: How To Mix & Cast Resin

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Casting resin using different colours, moulds, and objects is a creative way of producing interesting jewellery pieces without having to invest in lots of supplies. In fact, it’s a great way to get started in jewellery making and other forms of crafting too, as the objects you can create with resin really are endless! Casting resin from start to finish In this guide we’ll … [Read more...]