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...]

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...]

Designer of the Month: Leanne Llewelyn

bohemian inspired ring

Self-taught jewellery maker Leanne Llewelyn takes inspiration for her pieces from her hippy roots as well as nature, a trend which she sees becoming very popular. Learn more about Leanne and her work in this Designer of the Month interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry. I am a single mum … [Read more...]

How To Make An S Clasp With Wire

sterling silver round wire

Are you new to making your own findings? Or just haven’t had the time to make your own necklace and bracelet clasps? If you’re looking to expand on your jewellery making skills and would like to start with findings, learning how to make a wire wrapped clasp is a great place to start. Use our step by step guide below to perfect your first wire wrap clasp. Step by step guide: … [Read more...]

Using Beaded Wire and Beaded Rings in Handmade Jewellery

Beaded Rings and Beaded Wire

By Jo Varney It’s always nice when new products are added to Cooksongold’s range, and particularly exciting when I get to try them out! Cooksongold has recently introduced a selection of beaded wire and beaded rings, which will be useful as both a jewellery making component and as a finished jewellery piece. Beaded Rings The beaded rings are constructed from a series of … [Read more...]

Do You Need To Hallmark Your Jewellery?

jewellery hallmark hammer

Are you a budding silversmith and need advice on how to hallmark your pieces correctly? This blog will give you a full breakdown of what is required and how to go about getting your pieces hallmarked before sale. With answers to some of the most common questions we get from start-up jewellery businesses, you’ll be ready to send your latest pieces to your nearest Assay Office … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Jill Lawrence

Jewellery designer Jill Lawrence favours sterling silver when creating her hammered wire pieces. Her designs often incorporate a 3D element to make them stand out, and she likes to take influence from her love of the sea when making a new piece. Learn more about her work in the following Designer of the Month interview… Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

Review: Sterling Silver Ear Threads

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko These delicate ear threads are so light you will not realise you are wearing them, perfect for those with sensitive ear piercings which become tender with heavy earring wear. The ear thread is firmly soldered to the ear post but does not produce additional bulk, it is a smooth connection.  The tiny box chain is so tightly linked that it … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Linda Peppercorn

Jewellery maker Linda Peppercorn’s designs each feature their own unique piece of sea glass, hand collected by herself from County Durham. The unique colour, size and shape of the sea glass varies from piece to piece so she bases her designs around the individuality of each, which she spoke to us about in the below interview. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Set Findings

I have spent some time researching jewellery products and designs in the hope of discovering a new and exciting style and came across stone set findings! Cooksongold have an exciting new launch of products that is ideal for the jewellery maker. These handy Sterling Silver findings also known as stone set connectors are a fresh idea becoming ever more popular. Jewellery makers … [Read more...]