Ask Me Anything!
If you need help, simply ask away!
Mark Lareau, our product specialist, will answer any questions you throw at him.
Facebook LIVE Showroom EPISODE 91
10:30 am Pacific Time
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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Modding Your Prongs:
From faceted stones to cabochons
The anatomy of faceted stones requires that the prong on a pendant or ring settings for these types of cut stones have a pre-notched prong because the girdle of the faceted stone should rest right into the prong notch. At a trade show held in Vancouver this past weekend, we’ve modified many pendant and ring settings that had pre-notched prongs settings designed for faceted stones into prongs that work best (and look great) for cabochons.
Mark Lareau, our product specialist, will show you how you can easily modify the a pre-notched prong setting yourself into a flat prong setting suitable for cabochons.
Facebook Live Showroom EPISODE 88
10:30 am Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Gemstone Shopping Tips!
Loose gemstones offer you the ability to design unique one-of-a-kind jewellery and it’s a lot of fun to be able to do-it-yourself (DIY). Whether you are designing a pendant or ring, setting gemstones successfully into pre-made settings can be challenging.
Mark Lareau, our product specialist, offers tips for gemstone shoppers that will drastically increase your success with fitting them in pre-made settings.
Facebook Live Showroom EPISODE 87
10:30 am Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Having the right tools to set your gemstones into jewellery settings can help get you started!
Mark Lareau, our product specialist, will run through the short list of the absolute essential tools you need to successfully set stones in pre-made settings.
Now go and set your stones to create beautiful gemstone jewellery designs!
rubber bench block (hockey puck)
stone setting pliers
chain nose pliers
other tools mentioned but not shown:
needle filer, flex shaft awl
Importance of Pavilion Geometry
So you think all faceted stones have the same basic profile, right? Wrong!
Spend a few minutes with product specialist Mark Lareau and he’ll explain why your stone still doesn’t fit in that setting you bought, even when the stone and mounting dimensions match perfectly!
Dressing Prongs Video
Prong settings are the most common type of mounting style used in gemstones jewellery.
They are versatile and provide excellent security for holding your stones in place.
The concept for this style of mounting is very simple.
Prongs are small strips of metal in a form of a basket-like cradle to hold your stone.
After seating your stone inside the prongs, these are bent towards the stone to hold it securely in place.
Prongs that are too long need to be trimmed and finished by rounding up their edges.
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