Does anyone know of a good book on stone setting.
Nope. And I have a few. Some may respond with what they feel is
the best, or their favorite book on stone setting... but I have yet
to find what I consider to be a good one. I think its one of those
skills you have to be shown and tutored on. Subtle things like how
you hold the work and your flex-shaft and gravers are hard to convey
The books tend to focus on the mechanics of what's happening to
stone and metal... which is important to know, but they tend to leave
out the human factor. Having an experienced "coach" adjust your
posture or head position for improved ergonomics and better control
is a big plus. In stone setting, seeing it done and being able to ask
questions is infinitely more valuable than reading about it.
I know its a stretch for a lot of people, but if it is at all
possible, I would encourage you to attend one of Blaine Lewis' stone
setting classes at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia
Beach. What you'll pick up in a five day course there is more than
you'll get in five years of on-and-off trial and error with a book.
Several books by Robert Wooding are considered fairly standard text.
I also have one entitled Master Stonesetting by Gerald Wykoff. Most
general jewelry making books have a decent (overview) section on
basic stone setting... the stone setting books just go into it in
Just an afterthought... videos. Blaine Lewis and Alan Revere both
have outstanding videos. Blaine's are specifically stones setting
(and includes a kit of "goodies"). Alan's are project oriented, but
several also include stone setting aspects.
Man... I just came in to get a disk for my digital camera. Now its
half an hour later... back to work with me!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans' Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)