Choosing the Right Jewelry Settings for Your Gems

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“Fire Agate and Alexandrite in 14k,” gold pendant, by Jessa and Mark Anderson. Licensed under CC By 2.0.

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 …

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