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How To Set Gemstones In Backset Settings

Backset settings are a quick and easy way to set faceted gemstones when jewellery making. They can be incorporated into necklaces, bracelets and earrings to make beautiful gemstone jewellery. Simply pop in your choice of gemstone then fold the claws over the back using a pair of tweezers. We supply these easy to use settings in both sterling silver and 9ct gold and in a range of sizes, as well as in ready to go earrings. They are supplied without stones so you can choose your favourite from our range of faceted gemstones to go with the design you have in mind.

Tools needed

A pair of tweezers, pliers or similar.

Follow our step by step instructions with pictures - to show how to set your gemstone in a backset setting...

How To Set Backset Settings

Step 1

Select your backset setting and matching sized faceted gemstone. Here we have used an 8x6mm oval slide pendant set with an 8x6mm oval iolite faceted stone.

Step 2

Place the faceted gemstone flat side down into the setting as shown.

Step 3

Push down each of the metal claws over the back of the stone so that the gemstone is held securely in place. You can use a pair of tweezers, pliers or similar. We recommend pushing opposite claws one after the other to ensure the stone is exactly central.

Step 4

Your backset setting is now complete! Backset settings create elegant and classic looking jewellery designs and open up a whole array of possible ideas.

Be Inspired By Our Jewellery Making Kits

Here are a few of our jewellery making projects using these easy to use settings, with a handy one-click shopping list.

Shop our full range of jewellery settings especially for faceted stones to make beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Great for jewellery making beginners, we have a high-quality range of ready-made settings including rings, earrings and pendants where you need minimal tools to set your stones. We also have loose and mounts for faceted stones, where you can thread wire, glue or solder onto your designs.

You may also like to view our range of stone setting tools.

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Alternatively, for more information and how to's on all areas of jewellery making visit our other Gemstone Setting Advice pages.