Stone Setting Jewelry

A stone or cluster of stones is usually the focal point for a piece of jewelry. The wonderful variety of color, texture, and reflective qualities of stones is a constant source of stones is a constant source of pleasure, inspiration, and beauty, for both the wearer and the maker.

Stones have different degrees of hardness and softness, which affects the ways they are set. Soft stones opals and turquoise, for example – are vulnerable to knocks and scratches and need more protective setting than hard stone such as diamond or ruby, which could be given a lighter, more open setting.
Stone Setting Prongs Examples
Many stones are quite tiny, which means that making collects, mounts, and setting is fiddly, difficult task. To begin with, it is a good idea to set some large cabochon stones into rub-over settings, then to practice on a faceted stone of a similar size. In a jewelry trade, some craftsmen specialize in making mounts for stones, while others specialize in setting them. If you are using precious stones, you should always consider sending the pieces to a specialist setter so that you can be certain that it has been properly set.


  1. Very helpful article.. thank you!!

  2. So it looks like this technique for setting stones varies depending on the type of clasp you have. I having working on bezel setting and prong setting and by far the easiest I've worked on was the bead setting. Anyway thanks for the detailed explanation.