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Gemstone Fixed Post Necklace


Making a Necklace by Setting a Gemstone in a Fixed Post Type of Setting:

CZ Necklace made out of gemstones and common jewelry supplies.

Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with common jewelry tools.

This jewelry-making project will be to assemble a pendant style necklace using one of our simulated gemstones and a silver pendant setting.  This setting is not a snap-fit setting like many of our other gemstone findings.  This setting is a more conventional jewelry setting using four prongs, with a notch in each prong.  Notice in the picture at right, that the stone, when set, is below the tops of the four prongs in the setting.  The stone fits in small notches cast into each prong. 

Jewelry Supplies Required: Jewelry Tools Required:
  • Fixed Post Setting Like Item 3144 Shown
  • Necklace chain with clasp
  • Round, Diamond Cut Gemstone
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Gemstone Setting Pliers (Optional)
  • Jeweler's File
Jewelry Making Skills Required:
  • Ability to push a gemstone into a setting.
  • Ability to bend the posts in a setting using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools to permanently "set" the stone. 

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Setting Your Gemstone:

Step 1:  Inspect the setting to look for four notches, one in each post.  The notches are the portion of the setting that grip the girdle of the set gemstone.  When the stone is properly set, the girdle of the gemstone will be held in place by a notch on each post.  Normally, when you receive the setting, the notches will be clean and well defined.  Sometimes by contrast, the notches will be partially or completely filled with casting residue.  In some cases, there just won't be any notches in the finding at all.  For those cases where there aren't any notches in the setting, you will need to pick a point about 1/8 inch from the top of the post and using a triangular jeweler's file, you will need to file a notch in each post.  For those settings where the notch has casting residue, you will need to use the triangular jeweler's file to file and remove all the casting residue. 

Step 2:  Begin setting a stone in this setting by placing the setting down on a flat surface then place the same size gemstone on top of the four prongs.  It should rest symmetrically as shown below-left. 

Step 3:  Push the stone down symmetrically into the setting with the thumb of your dominant hand.  This will begin to set the stone and one or more sides of your gemstone should fit into the notch on the prongs.

Step 4:  You probably won't be able to fully set the gemstone in this setting with the pressure of your thumb alone.  Once the stone is close to being in position, use your bent chain nose pliers to gently squeeze the gemstone so that it rests in the notches on all four prongs as shown in the picture below-center.  The steel in your pliers has a hardness of 5, the CZ has a hardness of 8.5, so you won't need to worry about scratching the stone, but you can scratch the setting so be careful with your pliers. 

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Instructions for making Silver Pendant Necklace using common jewelry tools Step 5CZ and Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project made out of common jewelry supplies.Step 5: Now, using your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the tops of the opposite prongs in your setting gently with your bent chain nose pliers to make sure that the stone is held tightly.  Try to squeeze until the prong above the notch is bent slightly in.  Do this for both opposing pairs of prongs.  At this point your gemstone should be snug and secure in the setting.  You can test this by trying to spin the gemstone in place.  It it will rotate, that indicates that you need to squeeze the opposite prongs a little more firmly.  Please select here to view our instructions on how to use our gemstone setting pliers to help set your gemstone in this type of setting.

Step 6:  Complete your necklace by threading your commercial chain through the opening at the top of the finding as shown above-right.  With this finding you can use any fine or medium sized silver chain.  You can also use a pre-made commercial chain with a clasp like our Item 3606 or Item 3308

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This setting is more robust and solid than a snap-fit type of setting.  For that reason, a gemstone set in this type of setting will be more permanent.  Once you have mastered the simple skills involved in setting a gemstone it this type of setting, you will find that it will be easy to make professional quality jewelry.  





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