If you love to make your own jewelry pieces, then you may have some designs that will utilize some gems. Regardless of the stone or gem you want to use, it’s important that you set it properly to prevent the gem from accidentally becoming dislodged or coming off accidentally.
One of the best ways you can showcase a good quality gem is to set it in a ring. This will allow you to display the ring at its finest and bring the most attention to the beauty and quality of the stone. Here’s what you need to do to set gems in a ring.
- Choose the gem. Before you start, you must first carefully decide what stone or stones you want to use. Some settings require only one big stone, while other designs surround one stone with several smaller ones. Decide on the type of stone you want to use. Choose the best quality stones you can afford. The higher the karat and the cleaner the quality or the more flawless the piece, the more expensive it will be. Take the cut of the gem into consideration. For example, you may have an emerald cut stone or a round brilliant cut.
- Prepare your materials. You will need to have a magnifying glass, small tweezers and pliers, a soft cloth to nest your gems on and good lighting.
- Decide how many prongs you want to use. Ideally, the more prongs you have, the more secure it will be to hold your gems. Most rings have four prongs, although there are some that use six prongs. Make sure the ring is ready with the number of prongs that you want to use.
- Place the gem in the nest. When you are ready to start, place the gems you want to use on a piece of soft cloth. This will prevent the gems from rolling around or getting lost. With your tweezers, carefully pick up the gem that you want to set. Place it in the middle area that is surrounded by the prongs of the ring. Make sure that it is centered properly and it is not placed askew.
- Push the prongs in to secure the stone. Now that the gem is in place, it’s time to secure or lock it in using the prongs of the ring. You may use your small pliers to do this. You may also use your tweezers. Apply some gentle and careful pressure with your hands until you get the prongs to bend in just right. Repeat the process using the prong on the opposite end. You have to do an x-pattern so that you can properly balance the amount of pressure of each prong.
- Repeat the process with each gem. Now that you have secured the first gem, repeat the same steps with the remaining gems until you have set all the stones.
After you have set the piece, wipe it down or clean it in a jewelry cleaning solution. This will help clean the piece and make it sparklier.