How to Use Halo Earring Settings

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What is a Halo Setting? For anyone not familiar with a halo design, its defining feature is a decorative ring of metal which surrounds a stone setting, often making it look much bigger and giving it a greater presence. The halo itself is not functional, but it usually contains a functional element such as a claw to secure a stone. Halos come in many different forms; some … [Read more...]

Choosing Gemstones for Jewellery Gifts

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we are all turning our attention to gift buying. Stone set jewellery is always a winner when it comes to gifts, but what colours make the best choices? If you are not sure of someone’s preferences, choosing a gemstone from the vast selection out there can be a daunting prospect – so with that in mind, we have put together some suggestions to … [Read more...]

What Is Swarovski® Zirconia?

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Mirroring the brilliance of naturally-sourced diamond gemstones, Swarovski® Zirconia stones are created with style, refraction and durability in mind. Although Swarovski® Zirconia is not a naturally-occurring stone, this gemstone’s construction involves high-quality raw materials and a considered, meticulous approach. If you’re wondering “what is Swarovski® Zirconia made of?”, … [Read more...]

What Makes Swarovski Gemstones™ Different?

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You may have already heard of their crystals, but did you know that Swarovski® offer Genuine Gemstones and Created Stones too? For years, Swarovski® crystals have featured in jewellery pieces, designer garments and even electronics, and this is what the brand has been heralded for. But now, professional jewellers can also take advantage of Swarovski®’s Genuine … [Read more...]

What Is Swarovski® Genuine Topaz?

Swarovski Genuine Topaz

Where do you source your Topaz gemstones from? Are you concerned about the quality of the stones you’re getting from your current supplier, or perhaps you’re searching for something a little different? Here we discuss Swarovski’s Genuine Topaz range in detail to help you decide if switching to Swarovski® Genuine Gemstones could benefit your business. What’s the difference … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cabochon Ring

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If you’re new to jewellery making and looking for a simple piece to get started with, look no further than a bezel set cabochon ring. You can experiment with different shaped and coloured cabochons to achieve the look you want. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining how to make a cabochon ring, from the tools and materials you’ll need to the art of cabochon stone … [Read more...]

How To Make A Prong Setting

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Looking to mix up your ring designs a little? If you’ve been working with bezel set rings and want to move on to a new project, why not try your hand at a prong setting? While bezel settings are neat and easy to accomplish, a prong setting will show off the stone even more, making it ideal for jewellery pieces where the stone is the focal point. The beauty of prong settings … [Read more...]

What is a Cabochon Cut Gemstone?

Moss Agate Oval Cabochon Stone

For anyone not familiar with the term cabochon cut or en cabochon, it refers to a stone which has a smooth, polished convex top and a flat base. It is a simple cut used to display optical effects and colours of opaque and translucent stones, and is often used on softer stones which would fracture if faceting was attempted. The moss agate stone below is a brilliant example of a … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isobel Stamford

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The inspiration for Isobel’s pieces comes from nature, with many of her finished designs being made from silver and gold. We spoke to Isobel to learn more about her work in the following interview, so read on to discover the pieces she is particularly proud of, the tool she couldn’t live without and her advice for those who are new to jewellery making… Let us know a bit … [Read more...]

11 Different Types Of Engagement Ring Styles

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Are you a metalsmith in the making? If you’ll soon be working at a jeweller’s bench to train as a professional jeweller, there’s no doubt that a large part of your time will be spent creating different types of engagement ring styles. We’ve rounded up 11 different types of engagement ring styles to help you get a head start on your jewellery apprenticeship. For a visual … [Read more...]