On this advice page, we share with you our favourite settings for faceted stones, starting with great beginner friendly settings up to more advanced claw setting techniques.
A faceted stone is a cut of gemstone which has a flat top, polished faces called facets and a pointed bottom. This cut refracts the light inside the gem and reflects light on the outside facets of the gemstone, maximising the stone's brilliance and fire. Gemstones that are transparent are usually made into faceted stones to maximise their beauty! Your typical faceted stone setting is a claw setting, which is what you'd expect an engagement ring to look like but as you'll see from this page there are plenty more ways to set these sparkly stones.
At Kernowcraft we have a stunning selection of faceted stones, which come in a whole array of shapes and sizes to choose from.
Their pre-notched, tensioned claws simply 'snap' around your chosen stone to hold it in place.
At Kernowcraft, we have a large range available including loose settings ready to solder onto a design, pendant settings and earstud settings so you can create a range of designs easily.
Including loose, pendant and earstud settings
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In Kim's 12 Months of Metal series, available on our blog - she shows you how to solder a loose snaptite setting onto a ring band, set the stone and how to work harden and polish it to a high shine. Filled with great top tips along the way.
Next up we have backset settings, another beginner-friendly setting that is an effective way to show off the beauty of your chosen stones. They are so easy to use, simply pop in your choice of faceted stone and fold the claws over the back using a pair of tweezers to keep them in place.
Our favourite thing about backset settings is that they have an open back, which allows the light to sparkle through the stone!
Choose from pendant or earstud settings in sterling silver or 10ct gold
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Wraptite settings offer an elegant way to feature your chosen faceted stone, by encasing the gemstone around its lightweight shaped wire edge. Our range of wraptite settings are for faceted stones and available as pendants and link connectors, for both round and oval gemstones.
You'll just need a pair of round nose pliers for these, just pop your stone into the middle of the setting, and use your pliers to gently squeeze the small loop at the end of the setting, which will cause the setting to hug your stone tightly in place.
To prevent you closing your loop too tight and accidentally closing it, try placing some wire inside before squeezing, this way you will ensure you still have enough room to attach a jump ring to the pendant. You now have a beautifully set stone!
If set correctly this should hold your stone securely, but if you are concerned you could add a very small dab of glue onto the inside of the rim of the metal for absolute security, but be aware that a little will go a long way so apply conservatively so it does not smudge onto the rest of the stone.
Explore sterling silver wraptite link settings and pendant settings online now
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Pre-notched settings, also known as basket settings have claws that have pre-notched indentations where your gemstone will fit which means you won't need to file or cut your own. They are a great introduction to claw settings and want to push yourself further in your metalsmithing journey.
Tutor Kim, shows you how to use a pre-made basket setting as well as how to make your own from scratch in the videos below - both part of the 12 Months of Metal video series available on our blog.
Shop our range of sterling silver and 14ct gold pre-notched settings, including loose, earstud, pendant and ring settings.
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This technique gives you the freedom to use slightly different-sized stones and will give you the confidence to make your own from scratch!
Find our claw settings amongst our faceted stone settings, including a claw pendant setting and a range of claw ring settings.
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A cup burr is a great little tool that is used for smoothing the ends of wire. This is essential when making earwires as well as rounding claws on settings so they are not sharp. Cup burrs have small teeth inside, which are used to de-burr and grind away wire ends leaving them lovely and smooth. Watch Kim's video tutorial below where she shows you an introduction to using a cup burr.