Gemstones: How tough is your gemstone jewellery?

You sometimes hear jewellers mention something called the Mohs scale in reference to the hardness of a gemstone. Hardness is one of the measures that contributes to overall durability in a piece of jewellery and it helps to understand how well your jewellery will wear over time. The Mohs scale was created by German minerologist…

Gemstone Focus: Opal

‘Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies – sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths.’ – Author Unknown Birthstone of October and gemstone of the 14th wedding anniversary, Opals have been treasured for their amazing play of colour for centuries. They are in fact so unique that a completely unique vocabulary…

Gemstone Focus: All About Pearls

If you were born in the month of June, you are lucky indeed because you have four birthstones to choose from, pearl, moonstone, bloodstone and alexandrite. But by far the most popular is the pearl. The pearl is special in that it is  produced by a living organism in response to an iritant, usually a small…

Gemstone Feature: Amethyst

I have always loved gemstones. As a child I had a huge collection of gemstone rocks and basically, if it sparkled, glowed or was just pretty, I wanted it. That love has followed me into adulthood and has now made its way in my jewellery designs. I love working with rare, or unusual gemstones. And…

Top Tips: Caring for your jewellery

To keep your jewellery pieces looking their best, occasionally you will need to give them a clean to remove the build-up of oils and dirt from daily wear. Caring for jewellery is pretty straight forward, but there are a few things to consider. Basic Care  Avoid showering, washing dishes, swimming etc. with your jewellery on…

Building a Recycled Bench

Having a space to work from makes life so much easier when you are jewellery smithing. Over the years, I think I’ve created every possible version of a workspace, from a side table in a hallway closet to a door sitting on a couple of saw-horses. When I finally had a small space to call…

Ignore Jewellery Trends – Ask yourself these 5 questions

Self-adornment has been around since we first learned to carve beads from bones, shells and pebbles. Jewellery has been used as money, for protection, as symbols of status, wealth, position or for religious and ritual purposes. It has even been used to signify causes, for example, the suffragettes used color to symbolise their cause and…

What’s in a Hallmark?

I sometimes get asked about hallmarking, so I thought I’d do a short post to help people understand what it’s all about and how hallmarks can help the buyer. In a nutshell, a UK hallmark is a series of marks struck or laser engraved into an item of precious metal after it has been tested…

A Visitors Review: Keep It Local Summer Craft Fair

  I love craft fairs, I love the variety of crafts and creativity that you find when you visit them. I enjoy chatting with the makers and designers and understanding the passion and commitment many of them put into their work. Plus it’s usually a nice day out especially when the sun is shining. This…