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Setting Larger Gemstone Pendants Jewelry Making ProjectSetting Larger Gemstones

Setting larger gemstones in four prong type settings is significantly more difficult than setting smaller stones.  Beginners should not attempt this until they are very comfortable in setting 8mm stones in similar four prong type settings.  There are many reasons why the larger stones are more difficult, one of the easiest to understand is that the metal used to make the larger setting is also larger and therefore more difficult to bend.  Another reason is that the manufacturers that make these larger settings aren't making them for beginners, they are made for professional jewelers.  This doesn't mean that advanced beginners to setting gemstones can't perfect this skill.  It just means that Finished 12 mm Gemstone Set in a Pendant Setting Jewelry Making Projectyou have more things to consider and to learn when setting larger gemstones. 

The first steps in a project like this are to select your materials.  We are using 12 mm round, brilliant cut gemstones and a four prong pendant setting as shown at right.  The important thing for a relative newcomer to setting gemstones is to purchase a Notched Setting For Larger Gemstone Jewelry Making Project"notched" setting.  In the picture at left, you can view the notches in three of the four prongs in this setting.  These notches are cast as part ofGemstone Terminolgy used for Jewelry Making this setting and when received they may contain some casing residue.  It is a good idea to use a jeweler's file and clean out the notches by filing each one in turn with either a triangular file or with the edge of a flat file.  The notch has to be big enough to accept the "girdle" of the gemstone.  The girdle of the gemstone is the widest part of the stone as shown at right. 

The second consideration in selecting your materials is to avoid gemstones with a wide or fat girdle.  The girdle should be no wider than 1mm and preferably not that wide.  Any gemstone with a girdle that is wider than 1mm is not a good candidate for setting by anyone but a professional.  Ready to Set a Larger Gemstone Jewelry Making Project

When you have your gemstone and setting ready, position the gemstone withTest Setting For Fit in Setting a Larger Gemstone Jewelry Making Project the table flat on your work surface and position the setting upside down on the work surface as shown at left.   Now you need to test whether the setting is properly shaped to hold the gemstone.  Lift the setting and position it over the gemstone gently.  Do not push down yet, just lightly position the stone.  When the setting is ready for your gemstone, the prongs of the setting will be about .5mm smaller than the gemstone itself.  (So far, with larger settings, we have not found any setting that was ready right out of the package.)  You want the prongs so that they setting will require some pressure to snap into place.  That way the stone will be held firmly by the setting.  In most cases with larger gemstones, the setting will accommodate a gemstone that is about 1mm larger than the size indicated. 

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