Gemstone Settings The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques

Fall in love with this essential, encyclopedic overview of stone setting and set the mood one exquisite stone at a time.

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Set the mood—one exquisite stone at a time. The most in-depth, technical guide to stone setting has arrived: Gemstone Settings. Jewelry makers will fall in love with this encyclopedic overview, which features extensive stone-setting processes, detailed information about stones and metals, and gorgeous photos and illustrations for visual support. Step by step, learn how to set your most beloved precious, semiprecious, and organic stones with projects that range from elegant diamond masterpieces to earthy pearl or coral everyday favorites. Inside Gemstone Settings, you’ll learn:

  • the suitability of specific stones and metals;
  • what makes a design wearable and durable;
  • premade versus handmade settings.

    You’ll soon be setting your own beautiful stones with this essential reference guide.
  • Table of Contents
    About this Book

    Chapter 1: Introduction to Design
    History of gem-set jewelry
    Contemporary gem-set jewelry
    Gem cutting
    Design Inspiration
    Starting with the stone
    Design considerations
    Using bought settings

    Chapter 2: Gemstone directory

    Chapter 3: Techniques Directory
    Getting started
    Useful tips and troubleshooting
    Hand tools
    Stone-setting tools
    Tool shapes
    Basic fabrication techniques
    Wax carving
    Computer-aided design and manufacturing
    Rub-over settings
    -Basic bezel setting
    -Tube setting
    -Dome setting
    -Tapered bezel setting
    -Bezels with corners
    -Flush setting
    -Channel setting
    Prong settings
    -Crown setting
    -Basket setting
    -Closed-back prong setting
    -CAM prong setting
    -Applied prong setting
    Grain settings
    -Grain setting
    -Five-grain setting
    -Square-grain setting
    -Pave setting
    -Micro-pave setting
    Fancy settings
    -Combination setting
    -Multiple and cluster setting
    -Tension setting
    -Caged setting
    -Wobbly setting
    -Swiveling setting
    -Built-up setting
    -Protective setting
    -Setting from behind
    -Upside-down setting
    -Precious metal clay
    -Soldering stone into place
    -Setting odd-shaped stones
    -Settings for interchangeable stones
    -Spectacle setting
    -Settings as functional devices
    -Mixed materials and other metals
    Pearls and gem beads
    -Working with pearls
    -Stringing pearls and gemstone beads
    -Wired beads

    Chapter 4: Reference
    Stone shapes
    Templates for settings
    Suppliers and services
    Further reading
    Galleries, fairs, and organizations

    About the Author
    Anastasia Young is a practicing designer, jeweler, and artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and is the author of The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques (Interweave). She lives in England.
    "If there ever was a book subtly designed to seduce readers into a jewelry-making career, British artist Young's is it. And if slipcased with her first book, The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques (2010), it would be half of an excellent map to the workings and how-to's of the business...sparkling, and with substance." - Barbara Jacobs, Booklist
    "I was very surprised at the amount of information covered for the size of the book.  It really is packed with information! And there are all kinds of gorgeous jewelry pieces shown through, whether as examples of the projects in the book or as inspirational pieces or variations on techniques used." - Tammy Powley, Guide to Jewelry Making
    "If you're a gem geek like me, or if you just appreciate the interest and pretty pops of color and/or texture that gemstones can add to your jewelry designs, you'll enjoy Anastasia Young's new book, "Gemstone Settings"." - Tammy Jones, editor,
    "A great how-to guide for adding a variety of stones to your jewelry work — in everything from metal clay, traditional metals, resin, and even mixed media jewelry creations." - Stacie Hooder,
    “Looking for some new ways to use gemstones in your jewelry-making projects? Check out the new book Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles and Techniques.  You'll find information about how to use your favorite gemstones (and a few new ones!) in beautiful, architectural metal jewelry designs.  Learn how to set gemstones in prong settings, bezel settings and grain settings, and with so many valuable references about popular gemstones, step-by-step instructions for making your own gemstone settings and basic fabrication techniques, this is one jewelry making book that you'll refer to time and again.” – Beading Dailey
    'Experienced jewelry makers will consider this a useful reference to creating jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones." – Library Journal

    SKU: 12BD08

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Anastasia Young

    Format: Hardcover

    ISBN 13: 9781596686366

    Customer Reviews

    On my wish list from the moment I read it at the library Review by Judy

    I found this book at my local library and checked it out on a whim as my metal working skills are in the beginning stages. WOW! The instructions were so clear and there were so many techniques that I felt I could start many of the projects even with my beginner-level metalworking skills. I am so excited that this book is now part of my jewelry library!

    (Posted on 7/3/14)

    Amazing Content! Review by Marnie

    A lot of bang for your buck! The topic coverage is amazing the details and illustrations seal the deal. Everything from wire wrapped stones to PMC and Pave settings. Certainly you need a little background to use this book - it is not intended as step by step for a rank beginner it is however very well detailed step by step for anyone with even rudimentary grasp of techniques. Well worth the purchase price!

    (Posted on 12/22/13)

    A treasure Review by Kristin

    This is a book I shall need as long as I keep working with metal and stones. Above all, I'd like to draw attention to the photographs, very clear and instructional. If you handle stones and/or pearls at all, you simply need this book.

    (Posted on 10/19/13)

    IN TOTAL AWE!!!! Review by Benjamin Pastrana

    I MUST write my impressions about the Book "Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques", It's a piece of Art! Been time I hasn't read a so well designed book full of photographs and diagrams that takes away my fear to Stone Setting! Congratulations to Anastasia and the whole production team!!!! Would like to buy more books like that!

    (Posted on 4/16/12)

    A Must Have reference book Review by Helena Lekan

    This book is both informative and inspirational. Techniques are described well in step by step instructions. It is a wonderful reference volume that includes gemstone setting instructions for various forms of metalsmithing, precious metal clay, pearls, and gemstone beads including stringing and wire wrapping. Every time I open up this book I discover something I had missed before.

    (Posted on 3/10/12)