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The Guide to Gemstone Settings


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Part One/ Introduction Covers all the groundwork for stone setting, including how stones are used throughout history, how they are cut, and how they are used in contemporary jewellery today. Part Two/ Directory of Stones An illustrated directory covering all the most commonly used gemstones in jewellery as well as their suitability for particular types of jewellery with appropriate setting techniques. Part Three/ Dictionary of Techniques Covers all the techniques used for setting stones from basic techniques to Computer Aided Modelling Introduction Mounting Stones Rub-Over Settings Prong Settings Grain Settings Fancy Settings Pearls and Gem Beads Part Four/ Reference A useful reference section full of useful information about stones, tools and jewellery-making in general including glossary.

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A complete and practical guide to using precious and semi-precious stones in any metal, from traditional settings to contemporary looks.

About the Author

Anastasia Young is a practising designer, jeweller and artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London and is the author of Jewellery Techniques: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Materials, Stones and Settings and The Workbench Guide to Jewellery Techniques.


Clear and well written with explanations supported by lots of illustrations and examples ... I couldn't find a technique that was missing and the range is impressive ... One of the joys of looking through a book like this is that it includes a really good variety of images to illustrate a point about design, choice of metals and stones, fabrication technique, or step-by-step instructions. The quality of the photography is excellent with rich colours and beautifully lit gems glowing on almost every page. The print quality has insured that none of the allure of sumptuous stones is lost. * Findings: The Magazine of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery *

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