How To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

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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...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones


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...]

A Jeweller’s Guide To The 12 Birthstones By Month


Wondering how to make birthstone jewellery? Using Zodiac birthstones in your jewellery pieces is a great way for your customers to feel they’re displaying an extra facet of their personality – whether it’s with rings, necklaces or bracelets. You might even be thinking "what is a birthstone"? From their hardness, their specific properties, what other gems to pair them with and … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Quartz

Rock Crystal (image source: Wikipedia) Quartz is the generic name for stones with a basis of Silicon Dioxide and it covers a broad range of well-known semi-precious stones, including Amethyst and Citrine. It comes in a variety of colours, but the most common and widely available form of quartz is Rock Crystal (pictured above) which is colourless and transparent. It can be … [Read more...]

Trends within Components

This article is written by Joanne Varney who holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and is part of the Cooksongold team. As with every large product group, there is usually a percentage which remains unchanged from year to year and forms the main stay of the range. This is known as the core range. Findings and stones are no exception to this and you will find many … [Read more...]