Choosing the Right Jewelry Settings for Your Gems
Pre-Made Jewelry Settings
You can purchase a wide variety of pre-made settings for your gemstones. They cover all the basic designs and can include some pretty fancy ones. If all you need is a simple pendant or a pair of stud earrings, mass-produced jewelry settings make a great, inexpensive choice.
However, you may run into a situation where no pre-made setting is available for your project. Let’s say you’ve just acquired a beautiful, 8 by 6 mm sapphire. You’d like to pair it with a 3 mm diamond you’ve had sitting in a box for some time. You’re thinking of creating a pendant. After researching your favorite vendors, you can’t find anything to fit this combination of gemstones. What do you do now?
The next step, both in difficulty …