How Decorative Bezel Wire Will Improve Your Settings

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Decorative bezel wire. Whether it’s scalloped, serrated or an intricate gallery strip, the best thing about it is that it enhances your settings and gives you a sleek, professional finish. Whatever you’re working on - whether it’s a pendant or ring – make good use of decorative bezel wire to augment your gemstone of choice. Bezel wire basics What is bearer wire? Bearer wire, … [Read more...]

How To Set A Stone In A 4-Claw Ring

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Interested in learning how to set a stone in a 4-claw ring? Whether you’re planning on setting your own engagement ring or are keen to expand your jewellery making expertise, use our video tutorial and our guide as a reference for learning some basic stone setting techniques. In this guide we’ll talk you through the tools needed for stone setting, and the fundamental steps of … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: Busch Burrs for Jewellery Making

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Busch are a German company based in Engelskirchen, originally founded in 1905 by two brothers Erich Busch and Ernst R Busch. Busch jewellery tools Busch's original aim was to provide better quality, precision tools to the dental industry which was still in its infancy at the time. However, as production increased and their success grew, they found that their new … [Read more...]

What is Marcasite?

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For the essentials you need to know about marcasite, including its origin, how it is used in jewellery and the different cuts of marcasite gemstones that are available, look no further than the below guide. Where does marcasite come from? Genuine marcasite comes from the mineral pyrite, which is a beautiful, metallised stone similar in appearance to gold which is why it is … [Read more...]

How to Set Swarovski® Zirconia in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

Setting stones in PMC is not without its problems; a lot can go wrong and it’s very much a case of trial and error until you discover what works for you and your work. Are you a beginner in jewellery making and you’re wondering how to set gemstones into precious metal clay? Discover how you can use these gemstone setting techniques in your own jewellery making projects. The … [Read more...]

Review: Mounting and Setting Stones

By Jo Varney Mounting and Setting Stones is one in a series of illustrative design manuals which come under the banner of ‘design and make’. Other topics in the range include ‘Mixed Media Jewellery’, ‘Jewellery Using Textile Techniques’ and ‘Paper Jewellery’ amongst others, and provide well regarded, comprehensive teaching in each area backed up with clear diagrams and … [Read more...]

Review: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers

by Jo Varney I will be honest, stonesetting is not something that I’ve ever felt confident with. I know the principles of course and I have set many stones in the past, but it has never been a job that I relish, in fact quite the opposite. With that in mind, reading and reviewing Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers has come as something of a revelation to me, and I … [Read more...]