I have used EZ mounts quite a bit in the past year as I try to
learn some jewelry skills. I have used mostly settings from
Tripp’s. For the most part they have worked well.
I find prong notching difficult and requiring tools I don’t
have. I suppose with enough practice I could do it. The EZ sets
The settings are quick and look at least reasonably
professional. I think the setting pliers are good but also use
needle nose for some prongs.
I like to learn one skill at a time so I first set EZ mount
rings and earrings. When I got good at it I progressed to
soldering heads on shanks and then setting in EZ mounts.
Cost of EZ mounts in silver is low and affords lots of
EZ mounts require calibrated stones and are sensitive to
depths of cuttings. The stone must set right for the prongs to
be notched at the correct depth. To begin, I bought stones from
Tripp’s along with the settings. Generally, they were a good
match. Stones bought from other sources were not of a uniform
Some cast settings were poorly done with prongs out of place
or of incorrect size. They make very amaturish looking
Many settings are unforgiving of errors in bending prongs.
Prongs snap easily!
All in all, I think EZ mounts are a good way to begin if your
goal is to realize some success early in the learning cycle.
If you have any questions for a very inexperienced novice, fire
away! I have made every conceivable mistake but fortunately
don’t repeat them very often!