With 2020 being such a tough and uncertain year, we saw more jewellers turn to their craft as a much needed distraction, putting all their love and attention in what they love most - making jewellery! We've loved watching hobbyists and small businesses grow this year, finding their style and sharing their new creations. Social media has been a great way for us to connect with customers and enjoy the little community we have created together, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing what you have all designed using our gemstones and supplies! Below, we share only a handful of our favourite designs from the year, it's always so hard to pick our favourites but we hope you love them as much as we do and they inspire you for your next make! Will you make it onto the list next year?
"One of my favourite projects yet! This is a little custom piece for my bestie. Abbie chose these stones and asked me to create a cuff that she designed herself. The cuff has 6 recycled silver nuggets and 6 beautiful stones. Ethiopian opal, sapphire, 2x moonstone, apatite and an opal triplet."
"This ring was made from materials I already had on my bench; the shank was made from scrap silver, melted and rolled into wire, the bezel was one I made a while back, the granules melted from scrap and the gorgeous rose cut aqua blue chalcedony was one I had in my gem stash (originally from Kernowcraft of course!)"
Explore our range of beautiful, natural gemstone cabochons in a range of shapes and sizes to choose from
"White sea glass spiral earrings. All of my jewellery is sterling silver and handmade from my own little corner of Cornwall. "
"This was an amazing commission for a ruby wedding anniversary, with beautiful rubies from Kernowcraft and gold fill. Such beautiful materials to work with and will definitely be using them again. Gold fill is such a beautiful warm gold colour (and hard-wearing, and low maintenance, AND a fraction of the cost of solid gold!), and those Rubies are just incredible, and even deeper and richer in colour in real life."
"I was going to hang fire BUT it’s pretty fitting that the #kernowcraftchallenge prompt for today is ‘moon’ sooo this beautiful set is available from today - woohoo! Plus, I can never get a decent photo of the moon using a camera phone anyway. Each crescent moon pendant is hand shaped and polished by me and this time I’ve used a more delicate trace chain for the necklace in an 18” length."
There are so many types and styles of beads to choose from! Including round, faceted, briolettes, top drilled, rondelle, tube and many more...
We've seen paua shell grow in use during 2020, this natural shell is stunning and is perfect if you want to create an eye catching and unique design. Explore our collection of cabochons, beads and charms online now.
"We are so excited to be back in our cosy jumpers going on sunset beach walks."
"This necklace has probably been one of the most difficult pieces lately to photograph. The stone is a tourmalinated quartz which is a clear stone with lots of black needle like lines through it. I love the sharp, jagged look to it which is the opposite to my normal style. I've tried to enhance this look with sterling silver wire soldered to the bezel setting."
Sea glass jewellery has also taken the jewellery making world by storm in the last year! It's budget friendly and allows you to get creative with so many designs, from drilling, wire wrapping to stone setting. Watch out beginner sea glass video below or check out our sea glass stone setting tutorials here instead.
"I have lots of stones but have only recently stepped up my stone setting game and if we are talking sparkles. Then I guess this grey diamond would be the ‘sparkliest’ (not sure that is a real word!) My photography skills have not done the diamond justice but hopefully there will be more 💎 to come though!"
There are so many fun and beautiful jewellery charms to choose from and add to your designs - they are a great way to add some personality to your designs.
Our beginner friendly jewellery making kits have online step by step instructions, with a handy one-click shopping list that you can easily customise with your favourite gemstones and supplies.
Our jewellery making tutorials cover a large range of jewellery making techniques, so whether you're at the start of your journey or are an experienced metalsmith, we've got a tutorial for everyone! Don't forget to check out the 12 Months of Metal series with Kim Thomson here.