This week I made my first stone setting ring!! I was very excited about making a ring with a sparkly stone, now this was not an easy ring for me to make and for a brief period I named it the devil ring!
It began well and I like the precision needed to produce a simple stone setting ring, as some jewelers spend their whole career just setting stones and it’s not an easy feet. Obviously for my first stone setting I used a relative easy method with a few helpful tools. I picked a beautiful 4mm topaz stone and began by forming a silver ring, cutting the ring to sit the tube between the two sides. I used 4mm tubing and made sure the tubing sat perfectly against the ring, this took lots of time sanding to make a flawless fit. It was going well and I soldered the tubing to the ring, it look perfect BUT the ring was too small for my middle finger :). So I thought it would be great to stretch the ring a little on the ring stretcher… this was a bad idea, I now had oval shaped tubing which did fit my finger but not the stone. I unsoldered the ring reshaped the tube and began again. But I got there in the end and here is my first stone setting ring below!!
It isn’t perfect and I see the many ways this ring could be improved, but it is still beautiful and it fits my finger! It was a struggle and it really helps me understand the patience and passion taken to create one of a kind handmade items. I now have a new admiration for stone setters and the beauty of the actual setting.