What Is Rhodochrosite?

What is Rhodochrosite

Looking for an unusually coloured gemstone to add to your latest designs? Well, if your jewellery making is complemented by soft pastel tones, you may want to learn more about the pink tones of the rhodochrosite gemstone. What is the rhodochrosite gemstone? Rhodocrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that ranges from a subtle rose pink to a bright pink fuscia red, sometimes … [Read more...]

Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

Stone trends in jewellery making

When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

How Decorative Bezel Wire Will Improve Your Settings

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Decorative bezel wire. Whether it’s scalloped, serrated or an intricate gallery strip, the best thing about it is that it enhances your settings and gives you a sleek, professional finish. Whatever you’re working on - whether it’s a pendant or ring – make good use of decorative bezel wire to augment your gemstone of choice. Bezel wire basics What is bearer wire? Bearer wire, … [Read more...]

How To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

stone set ring

Interested in learning how to set a stone in a 4-claw ring? Whether you’re planning on setting your own engagement ring or are keen to expand your jewellery making expertise, use our video tutorial and our guide as a reference for learning some basic stone setting techniques. In this guide we’ll talk you through the tools needed for stone setting, and the fundamental steps of … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Busch Burrs for Jewellery Making

busch cup burr

Busch are a German company based in Engelskirchen, originally founded in 1905 by two brothers Erich Busch and Ernst R Busch. Busch jewellery tools Busch's original aim was to provide better quality, precision tools to the dental industry which was still in its infancy at the time. However, as production increased and their success grew, they found that their new … [Read more...]

Moissanite vs. Diamond: What’s The Difference?

Moissanite v Diamond

Since its 1893 inception in a meteor crater, moissanite has been regarded as a rare and scarce mineral, bolstering its desirability among consumers and jewellery makers alike. Moissanite is often used as an alternative to the diamond in jewellery making, and many people are unable to tell the two gemstones apart. But there are ways to tell the difference between these two … [Read more...]

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

Gallery strip set rings

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...]