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Jewel Day-All that glitters

Often in life it’s the genuine article, the purest and most natural, which we value most. All gemstones have a special month to shine, see ‘Birthstones’. So it’s worth exploring the joys of the unreal, underappreciated or synthetic of the jewellery world on Jewel day.


Let’s first take a look at the useful, synthetic, Cubic Zirconia (aka CZ). CZ may not be the product of the forces of nature but it’s no fake and has much to recommend it for use in jewellery making. Low cost, durable and flawless, these faceted beauts can be made in many colours. And Cubic Zirconia is up there with diamond in strength, measuring 8 ½ to a diamond’s 10 on the Mohs* scale.

Next, let’s turn our starry-eyed attention to the Druzy. Druzy is a crystal coating on top of a colourful mineral. These crystals can vary in size and are commonly found on quartz, but also garnet, calcite, malachite and dolomite. Usually found where rocks have contact with water that can evaporate, the crystal finish is the last layer of growth. These are naturally occurring gems, but they have the tendency to look manufactured due to the overly glittery appearance of the crystals and that the stones can be coloured. London Jewellery School tutor Amy Keeper often utilises Druzy stones in her work.

Jeweller Nikki Couppee experiments with different combinations of synthetic materials and resins in the making of her flamboyant hologem pieces. She uses everyday materials like silver foil to replicate the appearance and lustre of gemstones with an astonishing variety of results.

Couppee’s work may be shiny and pretty on the surface but its meanings run deep and reflect on themes of jewellery’s role in society and the psychology behind adornment. Her early jewellery making experiments were products of a hurricane that destroyed the area of Florida where she lived in. Leaving a plethora of materials broken from the houses that were swept away, young Couppee would create jewellery from these pieces built up like mosaics. It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it. Also (unrelated), some of her pieces glow in the dark!

Whether your gems be real or fake, we have a number of courses that can inspire you to shine with them.

*Moh’s scale is named after Frederick Moh who invented a scale for hardness based on the ability for minerals to scratch each other.







Innovative trends in ring design

Following on from a look at innovative earrings, LJS tutor Anna Campbell looks at some of the trends in ring design

Ring design has come a long way from the traditional stone set piece. There are a few interesting trends that are here to stay

Illusion rings

I love the illusion ring, a clever design that leaves you wondering how it’s done.

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This gold chevron ring by Katia V on Etsy is one ring rather than two. The way it is made ensures the two chevrons maintain their distance apart on the finger


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This X ring by Happy Way Jewelry has a similar look



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WD Unique Designs has a lovely range of these types of illusion rings including this one


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This ring by Raphael Steinbach features another trend in illusion rings, showing a lot of skin through the front of the ring


Unusual shapes

There is also a trend for more unusual shapes in rings, playing on the traditional and turning it on it’s head.


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Resin and metal ring by Vania Ruiz


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This Pear point ring by Paul Bierker features an unusual stone setting seen from the side rather than the top


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I love this ringI love this ring for it’s innovative interplay between the hammered silver and the wire, by Pedro Iglesias


Knuckle rings

There is also a trend that’s been around for a few seasons of wearing a ring halfway up the finger instead of past the knuckle. The style of these tends to be quite simple



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These dainty knuckle rings are by Lime Lace


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These are from LLI wireworks


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Haven’t had time to redo your nail polish? No problem, you can get knuckle rings with nails like this from Yiwu products

Have you made any unusual rings? We’d love to see your take on these trends so please share pictures of your work with us on our facebook page or on twitter.

Anna Campbell is a tutor at the London Jewellery School and runs her own jewellery business Campbell Hall Designs. She sells online from her website and at the Things British shop in Greenwich, London.


Step-by-step tutorial: Wire Wrapped Statement Ring


In the hope that there is going to be some lovely warm weather soon (even if it is a bit late) we thought we’d share a project from our sister blog, JewelryFromHome, which is perfect for wearing with sandals and summer dresses.

These bright and colorful DIY rings are a quick make and perfect for adding a dash of summer to our fingers.  The project uses  shop bought gold rings and colourful jewels that can be picked up in most craft stores or recycled from old jewelry to make these beauties.


Materials – gold-plated rings (go at least one size larger than you need, we bought ours on our local highstreet), you can buy  blank ring bases in most craft stores, 0.3mm gold-plated wire, a selection of costume jewels in mounts (we used a mix of jewels from our local haberdashery and from old jewellerry that we cut down to size and strong glue or a glue gun.


Step 1. Fix your jewel to the ring base and leave to dry

Step 2. Cut a length of wire approx. 60cm, wrap under the ring base and through the holes in the jewel mount to fix into position. Ideally you want to have even lengths of wire sticking out the holes.

Step 3. Wrap your wire around either side of your jewel, this can be as long as you want (ours was just under 1cm).

Step 4. Take another piece of wire about 30cm long, wrap into place and then wrap around your jewel making a ‘nest’ effect. To finish, do a few wraps around the main ring and then carefully tuck the end in the wire so that it doesn’t catch.


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 These rings really only take about 10 minutes to make and so are perfect for all you busy makers out there. There are so many options we couldn’t stop playing with size and colors!  This is a perfect project for beginners because there is no right or wrong, just have fun with it.

And if this whet’s your appetite, the Jewelry from Home Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners  class is FREE, so make sure you sign up today.