What is Marcasite?

table cut marcasite gemstone

For the essentials you need to know about marcasite, including its origin, how it is used in jewellery and the different cuts of marcasite gemstones that are available, look no further than the below guide. Where does marcasite come from? Genuine marcasite comes from the mineral pyrite, which is a beautiful, metallised stone similar in appearance to gold which is why it is … [Read more...]

How to Use Gallery Strip

cabochon gemstone ring

Looking for ways to use gallery strip in your handmade jewellery projects? Decorative gallery strip, otherwise known as gallery wire, is perfect for a variety of applications and can be easily transformed into a number of jewellery pieces. From using it to add a simple detail to a design to creating an eye-catching ring, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate gallery … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

gallery strip on a bench peg

Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]

What Is Moissanite?

moissanite stone

Moissanite. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can you use it as part of your latest stone set jewellery designs? Find out everything you need to know about the moissanite stone below, from its properties, its look, and where to buy them. What is a moissanite stone? Moissanite is an incredibly rare and naturally occurring stone that is usually colourless but emits … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [Read more...]

How to Use Halo Earring Settings

finished halo earring settings

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

amethyst

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?

swarovski zirconia

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?

Swarovski gemstones

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...]