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Earrings - Gemstones Settings

Free instructions for setting gemstones into findings using common jewelry tools to make earrings:

In this technique, we are going to discuss six different styles of earrings and four different techniques for making earrings.  You can view the six styles of earrings below.  For most people, all six of these projects will take about 10 minutes to complete.  The four techniques for making earrings are:

The first three of these techniques mentioned above are perfectly suited for beginners.  The fourth technique, making earrings using Castelite findings, is better suited for intermediate wire workers. 

Please scroll down to view our free instructions for making all six styles of earrings.

Amethyst CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Finished Lever Back Gemstone Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 2 To Gemstone Lever Back Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Low Wall Bezel Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite CZs
Snap-Fit Post Snap-Fit Leverback Low Wall Bezel
Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project


Low Wall Bezel Lever Back Earrings Jewelry Making Project with White CZ
Round Castelite Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Ruby CZ
Round Bezel Round Bezel Leverback Castelite


Making Earrings using Snap-Fit Findings:

Let's begin with the instructions for making snap-fit earrings.  Making the earrings shown here requires three components -- The round, diamond cut simulated gemstone, the snap-fit setting to hold the simulated gemstone, and the ear clutch finding to hold the earrings on the wearer's ear.  Setting gemstones in snap-fit findings is about the easiest way to make jewelry possible.  If we were to say, "Even a child can do it." we would not be wrong.  Our five year old nephew is quite proficient in setting gemstones in snap-fit findings.  Please view our free video on how to make these earrings by selecting here.  The following paragraphs describe how to make these earrings.

More Bling for Less Cha-Ching Simulated Diamond Jewelry Making ProjectStep-by-Step Instructions for Making Snap-Fit, Post Earrings:

Step 1:  Position your gemstone on a flat smooth surface like a cutting board with the flat side of the gemstone facing down and the pointed side pointing up.  The flat side of the gemstone is called the table.  To make these earrings you put the table on your table.  White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 2

Step 2:  Select a snap-fit setting that matches the diameter of the gemstone you have selected.  If you have an 8mm gemstone, obviously you would select an 8mm setting.  Test the setting by positioning it above your gemstone as shown at left.  The prongs for the setting should be slightly smaller than the girdle (the outside rim) of the gemstone.  If the prongs aren't slightly smaller than the gemstone, gently squeeze individual prongs until all prongs are smaller than the gemstone.  Ultimately, you want the prongs to hold the gemstone firmly, so the stone must be slightly bigger than the setting.

Step 3:  Now we are ready to set the stone.  Grasp the setting with the thumb and forefinger on your dominant hand or in your bent chain nose pliers as shown at left and position the setting over the gemstone.  (We show grasping the post with the pliers in this picture, because when we grasp the post with our fingers, our fingers hid the post and make it hard to view this technique.) 

White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 3Step 4:  Push down symmetrically on the setting.  You can use the pliers to help.  Hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand and push down on the jaws of the pliers with the thumb of your dominant hand.  You will hear a snap or pop as the prongs of the setting snap into place around the stone.  Continue pushing until all 6 prongs snap into position.  White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 4Normally, once snapped into position, your earring is completed. 

Step 5:  For those who have chain nose pliers, one additional step can be helpful.  This step makes sure that each prong is set tightly against the gemstone.  This is accomplished by grasping an opposing pair of prongs and gently squeezing them in the jaws of your bent chain nose pliers. Do this for each of the 3 pairs of White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5opposing prongs.  At this time you should also inspect the six prongs that are holding the gemstone in place.  All six should be against the gemstone and the tip of the prong should not be sticking up.  If the tip of the prong is sticking up, off the gemstone, use your chain nose pliers to squeeze the tip until it is flat against the stone.  The danger if you leave one or more tips of the prongs sticking up, is that they could snag on something in the environment and once snagged they could pull the entire prong out of position. 

Step 6:  Add an ear clutch to the post end of the setting.  Add the ear clutch before you try to wear the earrings as the clutches can be hard to use the very first time they are used.  After the first time. they tend to work better. 

Step 7:  Repeat the above steps to make your second earring. 

Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping.  This doesn't happen often, but it has happened.  If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape.  If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs.  If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.  See the picture for Step 2 above.  All six prongs should be inside the girdle of the gemstone before trying to set the stone. 


Parts Required:

Size Earring Post Ear Clutch Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3187 Item 3250 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Sterling Silver, 4 prong, Item 3189 Item 3250 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3186 Item 3249 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Gold-filled, 4 prong, Item 3188 Item 3249 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
8mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3315 Item 3250 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Sterling Silver, 4 prong, Item 3317 Item 3250 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3190 Item 3249 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Gold-filled, 4 prong, Item 3222 Item 3249 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
10mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3214 Item 3250 Any pair of  10mm round gemstones
10mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3213 Item 3249 Any pair of  10mm round gemstones

Bling Aquamarine Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Bling Diamond Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Aquamarine Snap-Fit Post Earrings Diamond Snap-Fit Post Earrings

 

Finished Lever Back Gemstone Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Ruby GemstoneStep-by-Step Instructions for Making Snap-Fit Leverback Earrings:

These earrings are as easy to make as the post earrings, but they don't require the pliers.  Please see our video on how to make these earrings by selecting here

Step 1:  Place your gemstone with the flat side down on a cutting board or other hard surface.  )The flat side of the gemstone is called the table.)

Step 2:  Place the snap fit portion of the lever back finding over your gemstone, with the gemstone upside down on a cutting board.  Ensure that all the prongs in your setting are inside the girdle of the gemstone before attempting to set the stone. 

Step 3:  Push the finding onto the gemstone with you fingers.  Continue pushing until the stone snaps into place on all the prongs in the setting.  Now you are ready to wear your lever back gemstone earrings.

As discussed above, you may find that one or more prongs in your setting will stick up, off the gemstone.  If this happens, bend that prong down with your chain nose pliers to avoid having that prong snag on a thread.  Snagging of a prong could pull the setting apart. 

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Setting the Gemstone Side View Front View

Parts Required:

Size Lever Back Ear Finding Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver 6 Prong Leverback, Item 3175 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Sterling Silver 6 Prong Leverback, Item 3223 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Gold Filled, 6 Prong Leverback, Item 3172 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
8mm Sterling Silver 6 Prong Leverback, Item 3176 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
10mm Sterling Silver 6 Prong Leverback, Item 3214 Any pair of  10mm round gemstones

Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping.  This doesn't happen often, but it has happened.  If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape.  If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs.  If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.

 

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project with White CZMaking Earrings Using Low Wall Bezel Findings:

Low Wall Bezel Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite CZsThis jewelry making project uses our Low Wall Bezel Setting in either 4mm, 6mm, 8mm or 10mm diameters.  The earrings that will be made have plenty of bling and have the added attribute of motion since the Low Wall Bezel dangles from your ear wire.  In a low light setting, these earrings will capture the available room light and reflect it, making them really sparkle.  If you want to look like a million dollars but not pay a million dollars -- these earrings may be what you need.  Please select here to view our free video on how to make these earrings.

This is a project that is suitable for a beginner to making jewelry, even a beginner who is all thumbs.  It requires the following materials:

  • a pair of our Low Wall Bezel findings in sizes 4mm, 6mm 8mm or 10mm.
  • two round gemstones in the diameter to match your low wall bezel finding. 
  • a pair of ear wire findings like the post finding with ball shown here.  You could also use a leverback ear wire finding. 
  • a pair of ear clutches to hold your post ear wire in place while wearing the earrings. 

The only jewelry tool required for making these earrings is bent chain nose pliers.  The steps involved in making these earrings can be found below.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Low Wall Bezel Earrings:

Step 1:  Position one round, low wall bezel finding upside down on a table top or other flat surface.  These low wall bezel findings are items 3480, 3350, 3209 and 3210 in gold-filled and 3481, 3351, 3211 and 3212 in sterling silver. 

Step 2:  Place your gemstone face down in the finding as shown below.

Step 3:  Now press two opposing tabs flat against the gemstone.  Initially this can be easily done with your thumb pushing down on the tabs.  In a later step, we will use pliers to better set the tabs. 

Step 4:  Finish setting the stone by pressing the opposite pair of tabs down.  With all four tabs pressed down, pick up the set gemstone and then re-visit each tab in turn and gently squeeze it flat against the gemstone using your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  When completed the setting should appear as shown below.  When viewed from the front and the gemstone will be held securely in position by four tabs in the back.  If you are concerned you can use a very small amount of jeweler's cement to glue the tabs down, although we don't do this ourselves. 

Step 5:  Now you are ready to connect the setting to your ear wire finding.  Open the loop in your ear wire with your bent chain nose pliers, connect the setting, then close the loop.  Instructions for opening and closing loops can be found here.  The ear wire findings we recommend are items 2659, 2660, 0117, and 0421 from our Internet store. 

Round Low Wall Bezel Finding for Earring Jewelry Making Project

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Finished
Earrings

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Make  your second earring using the same steps. Now you are ready to look like a million dollars!  Although when wearing the 10mm gemstones you may look more like a billion dollars.  These 4 carat sized stones are "Oprah" size.

 

Parts Required:

Size


Ear Wire
Ear Clutch
Low Wall Bezel Finding

Gemstone
4mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3481 Any pair of 4mm gemstones
 
4mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold-Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3480 Any pair of 4mm gemstones
6mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3351 Any pair of 6mm gemstones
6mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold-Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3250 Any pair of 6mm gemstones
8mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3212 Any pair of 8mm gemstones
8mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold-Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3210 Any pair of 8mm gemstones
10mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3211 Any pair of 10mm gemstones
10mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3209 Any pair of 10mm gemstones

 

Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Making Earrings Using Round Bezel Findings:

The round bezel finding used to make these earrings is different from the finding we used to make the matching round bezel gemstone necklace.  The finding we are using for the earrings has a loop at the top.  We use that loop to connect the finding to the ear wire.  The parts required to make these Bezel Earrings are the gemstone, the bezel finding, and the ear wire finding, either the lever back finding shown at right or a post with ball finding with an ear clutch.  Select the gemstone size to match the size of the bezel finding and the color to match your needs. 

Setting the gemstone in the round bezel setting is relatively easy.  The only jewelry tool that is required is bent chain nose pliers.  You can view the setting, below-left and see a couple of the tabs in the setting that hold the gemstone in position.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the Round Bezel Earrings:

Step 1:  To set the stone in this setting, place the setting with the face down on a table.   Place your 8mm round gemstone with the face down on top of the setting.  The setting will be tight and will not allow the stone to easily fall to the bottom, so you will need to push the stone lightly but firmly until it falls into position. 

Step 2:  Once the stone is in position, pick up the combination gemstone and setting.  Hold the combination between your thumb and fore-finger on your non-dominant hand.  The point on the gemstone should be against your thumb and the pressure from your thumb will hold the gemstone in position. 

Step 3:  Now, with your bent chain nose pliers in your dominant hand, squeeze tab one with one jaw of your pliers so that it is partially against the gemstone.  The opposite jaw of the pliers should rest against the face of the gemstone. 

Step 4:  Next, squeeze tab two. 

Step 5:  Follow, by squeezing tabs three then four.  At this point all four tabs should be bent partially down. 

Step 6:  Use your bent chain nose pliers and go back to each tab in turn and squeeze it fully against the gemstone.  When you are done, the gemstone should be held tightly in position by all four tabs.



Round Bezel Setting Jewelry Making Finding





Round Bezel Setting Jewelry Making Finding How to Set Stone

Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Finding Showing Tabs Finding with Gemstone Finished Earring

Step 7:  Complete your first earring by opening the loop on your ear wire finding and connecting that loop to the loop at the top of the round bezel finding.  Once they are connected then close the loop in your ear wire.  We like to use a leverback ear wire for these earrings because once the gemstone is set in the earrigns, these appear to be rather expensive earrings. 

The jewelry making findings required to make these earrings can be found in the table below.  Please note that our finding 3194 and 3199 are sold individually and for this reason you will need to purchase two of this finding to make a pair of these earrings.

Parts Required (two 8mm Gemstones are also required)

Name Sterling Silver Gold-Filled

8mm Round Bezel Post Earrings
3194 Need 2
2659 (2 Pair/pkg)
3250 (1 Pair)
3199 Need 2
2660 (2 Pair/pkg)
3249 (1 Pair)
8mm Round Bezel Earrings with
Leverback Ear Wire
3194 Need 2
0421 (1 Pair)
3199 Need 2
0117 (1 Pair)

 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Leverback Round Bezel Earrings:

Round Bezel, Sterling Silver, Lever-Back Ear Wire Setting for a 6mm GemstoneThis jewelry making project uses our Round Bezel Lever Back Ear Wire Setting (Item 3353) to set a 6mm gemstone.  This is a project that is suitable for a beginner, and requires bent chain nose pliers like our item 4002 to complete the earrings.  Setting the 6mm gemstone in this ear wire finding is very similar to setting a gemstone in our round bezel finding for making an earring as described in above.  Please review our free video instructions on making these leverback earrings by selecting here.

Step 1:  Position one round, bezel ear wire finding upside down on a table top or other flat surface.  These low wall bezel findings are item 3353 in sterling silver. 

Step 2:  Place your gemstone face down in the finding as shown at right.

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Round Bezel, Lever-Back Ear Wire Setting for a 6mm Gemstone
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Step 3:  Now  hold the finding and gemstone in place between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand while you use your bent chain nose pliers to press two opposing tabs flat against the gemstone.

Step 4:  Finish setting the stone by pressing the opposite pair of tabs down.  With all four tabs pressed down, then re-visit each tab in turn and gently squeeze it flat against the gemstone.  When completed the setting should appear as shown and the gemstone will be held securely in position by all four tabs in the setting.

Make  your second earring using the same steps. 

We only have this finding in sterling silver.  Our manufacturer does not make the finding in gold-filled. 


Parts Required:

Size


Ear Wire Finding

Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver Round Bezel, Leverback Ear Wires, Item 3353 Any pair of 6mm, round gemstones

Birthstones:  Finally, we suggest that you consider the birthstone for the intended wearer of these earrings.  You can view a web page of birthstones by month here.  We sell gemstones to match each month except October and we are working on October.  For October, you can consider our pink cubic zirconia gemstones as they are relatively close in color to tourmaline.

 

Round Castelite Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Ruby CZMaking Earrings Using Castlite Findings:

This jewelry making project uses our Castlite Post style earring findings to make a pair of earrings.  While this is a ten minute Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project Oblique Viewproject like the previous five jewelry making project, using the Castlite findings requires a little more experience than the findings used in the prior five projects.  This is an advanced beginners to intermediate jewelry making project while the previous five projects were truly beginners projects. 

The steps in making these earrings are almost identical to the steps for using our Snap-fit findings.  The difference is that occasionally, these findings will be slightly bent in transport and may not fit perfectly on the first try.  One of more of the pegs may need to be bent slightly in our out so that it can perfectly accommodate the gemstone.  If that happens you will need to manually adjust the finding using bent chain nose pliers. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Castelite Earrings:

Step 1:  To set the gemstone, place the stone, upside down on a flat, smooth surface like a cutting board. 

Step 2:  Place the finding on top of the gemstone as shown below-left.  If all four pegs are properly aligned, then slight pressure will cause the gemstone to pop into position, with the edge of the gemstone set in a notch in each of the four pegs holding the stone.  If one or more pegs aren't properly aligned, you may need to remove the gemstone, and slightly bend the peg so that it is properly aligned.  To bend one of the mounting pegs, grasp the peg with your bent chain nose pliers, while you hold the finding between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand, then bend that peg.  After aligning the peg or pegs, position the gemstone face down and place the finding over the gemstone as shown.  With light pressure the stone should pop into position.  You may find that using a triangular jeweler's file to file the notch in each prong of the setting will help. 

Step 3:  With this type of setting it is very important that the very top of each of the four mounting prongs be squeezed and bent slightly inward.  Grasp the earring as shown below-center and one at a time, squeeze the tops of the mounting prongs so that they bend slightly toward the center of the gemstone.  Because the mounting prongs extend only about 3mm beyond the edge of the gemstone, you will be trying to bend only this final 3mm of each mounting prong.  If you look closely at the finished earring below-right, you will be able to see that the final 3mm of each mounting peg is bent about 1-2 mm inward.  This way, it is impossible for the gemstone to accidentally slip out of this finding. 

Step 4:  Using the thumb and fore-finger on your dominant hand, try to spin the gemstone in the setting.  If the gemstone is loose and will easily spin, the stone is not set firmly enough and you need to use your pliers some more to bend the mounting posts in.  If you can not spin the gemstone in the setting because the metal is holding the stone too tightly to allow this, then the stone is properly set. 

Round Castlite Post Earring Setting Jewelry Making Finding


Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project Squeezing the Pegs



Finished Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Step 2 Step 3 Finished Earring

Step 5:  When you have completed setting the gemstone in both Castlite earring findings, then add your ear clutch to the back of each earring.  It is important to add the ear clutch before you try to wear the earrings.  It can be difficult to attach the ear clutch the very first time.  After the clutch has been used once, this difficult will disappear.  This will complete this jewelry making project.  Please select here to view how to use our gemstone setting pliers to help with setting gemstones in these Castlite findings.

This same approach to setting gemstones can be used for our Castlite Lever Back Earring findings. 

Parts Required:

Size Ear Wire Finding Ear Clutch Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver Castlite Finding, Item 3193 Item 3250 Any 8mm round gemstone
6mm Gold-filled Castlite Finding, Item 3191 Item 3249 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Sterling Silver Castlite Finding, Item 3192 Item 3250 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Gold-filled Castlite Finding, Item 3190 Item 3249 Any 8mm round gemstone

 

 



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