The indispensable reference of the many and varied cutting edge techniques, treatments and innovations used in jewelry design, for professional jewelry makers, beginners, and Etsy sellers alike.
From ready-made snap settings to handmade mounts for unique pieces, Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers is an all-encompassing examination of the many and varied techniques, treatments and innovations used in jewelry design. Whether learning how to make settings from scratch or choosing and working with ready-made mountings, this book arms the reader with techniques that can be applied to a range of pieces.
Throughout the book, beautifully illustrated step-by-step tutorials are accompanied by practical tips and advice, while inspirational galleries present stunning examples of the ways in which contemporary jewelers experiment with settings, materials and stones. Included:
An overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones
The range of settings available-from bezel to prong to snap settings using step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants
A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces.
About the Author
Melissa Hunt has been teaching jewellery-making courses for fifteen years and currently teaches classes on stonesetting and metal jewellery making at the prestigious London Jewellery School. Her jewellery designs have been featured in several exhibitions, and she has also received commissions from 10 Downing Street and the EMI group.