Setting your own gems is easy with our Blank Settings
Many people interested in gemstones have a stockpile of loose gems that rarely see the light of day. Their real value and beauty is only expressed when they are set in a fine piece of jewellery. While custom made jewellery is suitable for very expensive, high value gemstones, it can be difficult to find a good manufacturing jeweller and the work is quite expensive. A more affordable alternative has been requested by our customers.
We currently carry 2 basic types of blank jewellery settings: a) Snap-Sure settings and b) Pre-notched cast settings. See below for more information.
A) SNAP-SURE SETTINGS
This is a revolutionary new idea in gem setting. It is so simple that it's crazy ! Although currently available in a smaller range of sizes and designs, these are the settings for the inexperienced to start on. Once you have done a few of these, it will give you confidence to step up to the cast settings. Please note the Snap-Sure settings generally are lighter than the cast settings and are more suitable for smaller stones. If you want something heavier, we recommend you go for the cast settings (see further down).
Instructions for Snap-Sure Settings:
B) PRE-NOTCHED CAST SETTINGS
These cast settings are slightly heavier in construction compared to the Snap-Sure settings. Therefore, these will wear better. There is no cutting seats or filing prongs necessary as all claws are pre-notched for your convenience. These castings are also fully finished with just a normal polish necessary after the stone has been set. Some castings available are only semi-finished and require specialised tools to complete the piece so please remember to check this when comparing prices.
Instructions for Cast Settings:
C) GENERAL INFORMATION
If you have any questions at all - either before purchase or while you are in the middle of setting your stone, just email us and we will try to help. We can also set any of our gemstones into these settings for you - contact us if you are interested in this service.
Suitable pliers can be bought off the shelf in beading supply shops or are easily found on Ebay. However, you may have something already that can be modified to suit. We just use a simple pair of hobby pliers that have the serrations ground off the jaws (see photo)
Prong pushers are recommended for the final tightening step - pliers can be used for this but a prong pusher is designed for this job. These are also easily purchased but are very simple to make - just find a screwdriver with a comfortable handle and cut off to convenient length, then just grind the end smooth and flat (see photo).
See our Store Policy page for information on returns, etc. We do accept returns on any item in original condition but cannot be responsible for any damage done while using these settings. Please use the instructions above as a guide and be very careful not to damage either the setting or your gemstone. Slow and steady is the recommended approach.