Gemstone beads are, without question, some of the most beautiful beads in existence. Cut and faceted gemstones, whether natural or synthetic, can be absolutely gorgeous, filled with sparkle and luster, and easily made into rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Tumbled natural gemstones can have beautiful “veins” that emphasize the eye-catching variety of colors within a single bead.
Gemstone Beads - Settings
Gemstone beads can be placed in a variety of settings for designing rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces. There are snap-fit settings, where the gemstone is merely “snapped” into the setting as well as “wrap-tite” settings that engulf the widest part of the gemstone bead. Pinch bails are used to transform a gemstone bead into a pendant for hanging on a chain or into a drop for an earring. The design possibilities are limitless.
Gemstone Beads – Colors, Shapes, and Sizes
Gemstone beads are available in a vast variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Our synthetic gemstone beads include man-made aquamarines, tourmalines, amethysts, tanzanites, blue sapphires, rubies and emeralds (quartz). Sizes range from small to large, with shapes varying from round to pear, to “ax” shaped. Natural gemstones can consist of agate, garnet, quartz, amethyst, blue lace, jasper and onxy, to name a few. These natural gemstone beads are available in round shapes, irregular shapes, donuts and cut and faceted.
Step 3: Push down on the ring finding until all six prongs of the setting snap into position. Once all 6 prongs are tightly gripping the gemstone, you are essentially done.
Step 4: The final step in making the ring is to visually check to verify that all six prongs are positioned appropriately. View each prong in turn. The groove in the prong should be gripping the gemstone at the girdle of the gemstone. See the picture at right.
Step 5: If you notice a gap between the setting and the gemstone, you can use your chain nose pliers or bent chain nose pliers to gently squeeze the gap closed. Try to position the flat side of your pliers along the opposite side prong of the setting. See the picture at left for how to orientate your pliers. (The picture at left is a Tiffany Ring and it is easier to show the proper position of the pliers on this ring.) Be careful that you do not over squeeze. Also be careful while squeezing so that your pliers don't slip. Slipping of your pliers can leave a "tool mark" on your ring and this should be avoided. Pleaseview how to use our gemstone setting pliers to help bend the prongs on your setting in.
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Problems with making a gemstone ring?
Due to chaos theory it will happen that for a very few rings, these instructions won't work. The prongs in the setting won't be positioned correctly to fit the gemstone snugly. If this happens to you, here is what you need to do. First, if you have a jeweler's file, file the notches in the prongs to remove any extra metal in the notch. (This will only work with a jeweler's file because you need a very small file to get into this confined space. If you don't have a jeweler's file, don't worry, you can still set the gemstone.) Second, sometimes in the casting the very tip of the prong is not positioned properly to hook on the girdle of the gemstone. This is the last 1-2mm of the prong. Using your bent chain nose pliers or your gemstone setting pliers, bend the last 1.5mm of each prong in toward the center. Looking at the picture above right with the aquamarine gemstone, you can see how the end of each prong needs to be bent in to hold the stone. You want to make sure that each prong is bent in as shown in the pictures above. Once you have done this, in almost all cases, you will be able to set the gemstone using the procedures described above. Finally, in very rare circumstances you may need to bend each of the individual prongs very slightly in toward the center. If this happens to you, grasp the entire prong in your bent chain nose pliers and bend it a very small amount in toward the center of the setting. Normally, these techniques won't be required.