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 and cost, is buying mass-produced findings and assembling them.
Assembling Mass-Produced Findings
Jewelry makers create jewelry from findings or “jewelry parts.” So, staying with your pendant project, you first need to locate a head for the oval sapphire. A head is just a basket with prongs to hold a gem. At this stage, it has nothing attached to it for use as a ring, pendant, etc.
Next, you need…