Ring Clamp

Ring clamps are essential holders for polishing jewelry and mounting gems. We explain them and tell you where to purchase the top models.


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Ring Clamp

A ring clamp is extremely helpful in holding a ring or other jewelry items while filing it or mounting gems in it. The wedge shoved into the opposite end of the clamp keeps the jaws securely on the jewelry placed in them. The jaws should be leather lined to prevent marring of the jewelry. One end of the clamp is rounded and the other end is squared and both can be used. Most ring clamps are made of a hard wood.

Amazon and Gesswein have ring clamps for sale on their websites. Gesswein also has metal ring clamps for sale on their website that are equipped to hold a ring on the outside in order to polish its interior. This is not a common style. The wooden ones, like the one pictured, are traditionally and most widely used among jewelers.

Jewelry Ring Clamps Recommendations

PhotoTitleNameTop Reviews on Amazon
Ring Clamp Jewelers...image Ring Clamp Jewelers Jewelry Making Hand Tool - Stone Setting Engraving & Repair Wood Ring Clamp Stone Setting Polishing Jewelers Tool

"My wife wanted this for her jewelry making. She likes it because of its holding power and easy to grip in your hand. Has square jaws on 1 end and the other end is rounded. Makes it easy to hold small jewelry projects for her." read more

6 6" Wooden Ring Clamp w/ Wedge Jewelers Hand Tool Stone Setting Engraving Repair Jewelry Making Tool 6" Wooden Ring Clamp w/Wedge

"So far, I have been using this item in a jewelry crafting environment since December of 2017. It is now March of 2020. I have only purchased and used this one. I have not needed to buy a second one, over time, the metal band has expanded a little so I cut the end of the wedge down to compensate. As long as the company is still making them the same as mine was made, these are worth every single penny." read more

Mahogany Ring Clamp...image Mahogany Ring Clamp with Collar and Custom Bench Pin | RCL-653.02 Mahogany Ring Clamp with Collar and Custom Bench Pin

"03/21/2016 update: Just about two years later, this ring clamp is still going strong. I can't believe I haven't broken it yet.

As my vision deteriorates, I still use it to hold my wire work, and I also use it when I'm working on a tiny part that I could easily drop and lose. It takes a couple of seconds more to put a part in this than it does to pick it up with pliers, but it saves me a ton of time that I used to spend searching with a flashlight.

It still holds securely without damaging my work, it still looks amusing, and I am still thrilled that I finally bought this.

Original review 04/11/2016: I've been using this for wire work, and this clamp is exactly what I needed. It holds even the thinnest gauge wire that I use securely, without damaging or marking the metal. It stands up to more pulling and twisting than a ring clamp was probably intended for. The bench pin (when I use it) is very convenient. And the shape of the clamp has definitely livened up conversation around here.
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Jewelers Ring Clamp...image Jewelers Ring Clamp & Bench Pin Vise Repair Tool Set Jewelers Ring Clamp & Bench Pin Vise Repair Tool Set

"This is a great tool. It makes it much easier to work on rings using this ring clamp. My only criticism is that there should be something in between the clamps to make it easier to grip the ring band as well as not mark it up. Typically there is a thin piece of leather on the face of each clamp. I took the leather from one my other ring clamps and put in on this one and it works great. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a rotating clamp/vice to work on rings." read more


"Exactly what I was looking for! As you can see in 1 of the photos, I was able to put 2 wires in this clamp and it held them so tight. They didnt budge a single little bit. When you need that 3rd hand and no one is around, this clamp is gonna help me work on my wire wrapping with no problems!"   read more

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Megan Coward, Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, GIA, Graduate Gemologist

Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.

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