Prong Setting Gems: A Beginner’s Guide


The most common method for holding gems in jewelry settings is using prongs. You’ll find them on rings, earrings, bracelets, and also as plain heads you can solder into more complex pieces. In all these cases, the prong setting procedure remains basically the same. You’ll only have to make minor adjustments to how you hold the pieces while working.

For your jewelry to look good and the gems to stay secure, you must learn to set your stones correctly. This will take some practice. Start with the easiest gems to set: thin cut, but not too small, round stones like diamond and cubic zirconia. Then, try deep, “belly cut” rounds. Next, proceed to ovals and other fancy shapes. Although tiny gems are simple, they pose their own challenges simply due to their size. You can attempt these once you familiarize yourself with prong setting tools and procedures.

The prong setting process is fairly complex, due to the number of factors you must keep in mind. However, it requires just average eye-hand coordination and a healthy desire to learn.

Required Tools for Prong Setting Gems

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  • Required Tools for Prong Setting Gems
  • Setting Notches
    • Measuring Notches
    • Cutting Notches
    • Adjusting Notches
  • Shortening Prongs
    • Placing the Gem for a Final Fitting
    • Adjusting Prongs
    • Checking Prong Lengths
  • Tightening Prongs
    • Choosing Pliers
    • Positioning the Pliers
    • Alternating Pattern Technique
  • Inspecting the Prong Setting
    • Snug the Prong Ends
  • Prong Setting Procedure Variations
    • Vertical-Cut Prongs
    • Prong Settings with Multiple Stones
    • Wide Prongs
    • Tiny or Odd Shaped Gems

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