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Types Of Settings For Faceted Stones

Your chosen stone will determine the type of setting you will need to use or make for a piece of jewellery. Faceted stonescabochons and freeform gemstones will require different settings.

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.

What is a faceted stone?

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. 

Shop our full range of faceted stones here

Snaptite Setting

Snaptite settings are one of the easiest settings to use with faceted stones as they only have one simple step for setting, plus no need for tools!

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.

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Including loose, pendant and earstud settings

Watch Tutorial On How To Make A Ring With A Snaptite Setting

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.

Backset Setting

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.

Choose from our selection of pendant and earstud settings in sterling silver and 10ct gold.

Our favourite thing about backset settings is that they have an open back, which allows the light to sparkle through the stone!

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Choose from pendant or earstud settings in sterling silver or 10ct gold

Wraptite Setting

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.

Read our tutorial page below for detailed instructions and top tips on using these settings.

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Explore sterling silver wraptite link settings and pendant settings online now

Follow Tutorial On Setting Wraptite Settings

With step by step photos and top tips

Tube Settings

A tube setting is a brilliant technique used to set round faceted stones. Your stone will sit securely in a tube, providing a professional and neat finish to show off your stone in a design - works perfectly for creating a ring or pendant. This is a great project for when you want to take your stone-setting skills to the next level in your metalsmithing journey!

Follow Tutorial On How To Make A Tube Setting

Guest tutor, Kim Colette has kindly put together this step by step tutorial to help guide you through making your own tube setting, soldering it onto a ring band and setting your chosen faceted stone. Plus you'll find lots of top tips and diagrams along the way! Tools & supplies list included.

Shop Sterling Silver & 9ct Gold Tube

Our sterling silver and 9ct gold metal tube is available in a range of sizes and can be cut to a length that suits you.

Pre-Notched/Basket Settings

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.

You may need to make adjustments to the settings, but you will likely only need a pair of snipe nose pliers and a pusher to set your chosen stone in place.

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 Pre-Notched Settings

Shop our range of sterling silver and 14ct gold pre-notched settings, including loose, earstud, pendant and ring settings.

Follow Tutorial On Using Pre-Notched Settings

With step by step photos and recommended tool/supply list

Watch How To Make A Ring With Pre-Made Basket Setting

Watch How To Make Your Own Basket Setting

Claw Settings

Claw settings are very similar to pre-notched settings featured above but with claws, which means you will need to trim and file the claws if needed and create your own notches.

This technique gives you the freedom to use slightly different-sized stones and will give you the confidence to make your own from scratch!

Follow our tutorial page with detailed information and guidance below, with all the tools and supplies you need.

Shop Claw Settings

Find our claw settings amongst our faceted stone settings, including a claw pendant setting and a range of claw ring settings.

Follow Tutorial On Setting Claw Settings

With step by step diagrams and recommended tools/supplies list

Use A Cup Burr To Smoothen Claws

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.

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