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

cabochon ring on table

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

gold prong setting pendant with peridot cabochon

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

rose ring

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

halo ring

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...]

New Additions to Our Range of Swarovski Gemstones™

Swarovski® Genuine Sapphires

Genuine gemstones are not something one normally associates with Swarovski, but it may surprise you to learn that Swarovski have applied their expertise to genuine gemstones and offer a range which boasts all the precision and quality that you would expect from the brand. The selection of Swarovski® Genuine Gemstones includes Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Spinel and Marcasite, and … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Wallace Regelous

Great wave pendant

Jewellery designer Wallace Regelous favours her saw frame among her other jewellery tools, using it to create a variety of pieces featuring ivy, the sea and animals – and sometimes even a kinetic element. Read on to learn more about Wallace's work, the lessons she has learnt from her time in the industry and more. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, … [Read more...]

How To Make A Bezel Setting

ring with bezelled stone

When you’re just starting out as a silversmith, creating ring settings is likely the first thing on your list that you’d like to master. But where do you start? Making a bezel setting such as the one shown in the image above is a great place to begin, as it’s one of the simpler ring settings to work on and master, before you move onto the more complex process of creating … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Courses & How To Expand On Your Skills

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Are you a seasonal crafter? Or are you a small, jewellery business looking to expand on your current skill set? Wherever you are in your jewellery making career, investing in yourself is an excellent way of ensuring your jewellery making skills develop, whether it’s simply for some me time or you want to make waves in a new area of your business. Whatever the reason, signing … [Read more...]