Top Polishing Tips

polishing

Achieving a beautiful finish is a crucial stage of jewellery production and can really make or break a piece. Polishing can be extremely daunting at first as there are many stages involved in achieving a successful shine so to take some of the pain out of polishing, we have put together some top tips to help you on your way to a flawless finish. Pumice Powder: is an abrasive … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you Part 2

Non-metal

As you may have seen from our previous blog in this series, there are many different tools and techniques that can be used with metal. Now we move onto non-metal, to give you all the information to find out which is the right style for you. If you find the prospect of using metal a little daunting or you just don’t fancy working with it for whatever reason, there are many … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewellery – Finding the right style for you

Jewellery

The term ‘handmade jewellery’ covers an extensive selection of both techniques and materials which can all be used to create beautiful objects to wear and admire. There are really no rules when it comes to style but there are, however, very different skill sets required for each technique. First and foremost, jewellery can be broken down into two categories; metal and … [Read more...]

Make a Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant

We partnered with Emma Seward, a budding jeweller and gardener, to create this Art Clay Silver Leaf Pendant tutorial. The piece clearly shows how Emma loves to create pieces that combine these two loves. Read on to see her step-by-step guide: Materials and Tools list  Art Clay Silver 10g paste  Silver embeddable bail Ultra Polishing Pads Pack of 20 Emery Stick … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus – Coral

Coral

The warm peachy – pink tone of coral has been a central feature of this year’s colour palette, not only because it’s Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019, but simply because it is an ideal summer colour. It is light and bright; feminine, without being too girly and as someone who isn’t a big fan of pink, coral makes a great alternative. But what of the material … [Read more...]

How To Carve Wax For Jewellery Making

Wax Blocks

If you’re used to traditional metalsmithing, then adapting to something like wax carving can feel like a challenge at first. With metalsmithing you often add decorative elements to a foundational piece, whether it’s adding a stone or a decorative gallery strip. But when it comes to wax carving jewellery, the exact opposite applies. You start with a piece of wax and slowly take … [Read more...]

Finished Chain: Discover New Chain Styles

Chains

Here at Cooksongold, we are constantly adding new items to the range and this month we have a lot of great new chain styles making their debut. Part of our growing range of finished chains, we have an abundance of new and exciting styles for you to work with and here, we give you a rundown of some of the highlights to watch out for: Sterling Silver 1.5mm Diamond Cut Fancy … [Read more...]

Top 6 Jewellery Trends To Look Out For In 2019

feather necklace

Keeping up with the latest jewellery trends for your customers can be tricky. If you base your jewellery business model on hitting big trends in the industry it pays to plan and stay ahead of the curve. That’s why we’ve put together some of the current jewellery trends for 2019 so that you’re in the loop on what your customers are shopping for: Top 6 Popular Jewellery … [Read more...]

Making Personalised Gifts for Mother’s Day

personalised stamping blanks

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching, so if you are thinking of creating something special it’s time to get organised. If you start now there is still time to make Mum a personalised gift or piece of customised jewellery, and a great way to do this is by using metal stamping techniques. Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts You could either stick to classic flowers or hearts as a theme, … [Read more...]

Ethical Jewellery Making: Discover Fairtrade Gold

Working with Fairtrade Gold

Guest blog article written by Harriet Kelsall, Founder and Chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Harriet is also Chair of the National Association of Jewellers, and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. Whilst not as well-known as Fairtrade coffee or chocolate, Fairtrade Certified Gold is becoming … [Read more...]