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...]

How to Use Different Types of Burrs

Wheel Burr

This is the final part of our guide to burrs, where we will cover some of the shapes and profiles which don’t fall directly into the stone setting category. It is worth noting however, that the way in which burrs are used is completely open to your own interpretation, so don’t feel restricted in any way by the descriptions provided here. We are simply trying to get you started … [Read more...]

A Guide to Stone Setting Burrs

Stone setting burrs

Having already discussed burr materials in the first part of this blog series, parts two and three will focus on the varying shapes of Busch burrs and the jobs that they are intended for. We will cover shapes and cuts, and try to make some sense and order out of the vast selection out there. Many burrs are primarily associated with the tasks involved with creating and … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Burr for Your Jewellery Design

Choosing a burr from the huge selection available is no easy task. There are shapes, sizes and materials to think about, as well as considering the purpose and metal best suited for each design. It’s not surprising that many customers are confused about burrs, and resort to decisions based on price, availability or even worse, they just give up altogether. We have put … [Read more...]