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Examining prior to setting of stones

During my many decades of setting stones, I’ve made a short ‘rule list of setting-steps’ that are so important!

What should a setter know prior to the setting of a Diamond?

Once the ring is finished the preparation stage from the casting and jewellers hands. The setter must ask some of these many important questions! Here are a few “Basics” to watch out for.

A) ARE THERE ANY PIN-HOLES?

B) ARE THE DIAMONDS GOING TO FIT PROPERLY?

C) ARE THESE DIAMONDS ALL THE CORRECT SIZE?

D) ARE ALL THE GEMSTONES THE CORRECT COLOUR?

E) Are all of the stones ‘defects & inclusions’ accurately noted on your work-envelope?

F) ARE THE HOLES FOR SETTING CORRECTLY SPACED? (Very Important!)

G) HAVE THE “CORRECT SETTING” INSTRUCTIONS BEEN explained?

H) IS THE DEPTH OF THE METAL SUFFICIENT FOR “BEAD-SETTING”?

I) WILL THE “CULET” OF THE STONES PROTRUDE THROUGH THE

BOTTOM. (MEASURE FROM THE “TABLE-FACET” to the “Culet” PRIOR TO SETTING!)

J) IS THE RING SIZE CORRECT?

K) Do you have all of the necessary tools at your bench?

L) ARE THE CLAWS IN THE RIGHT POSITION?

M) ARE THE UNDERNEATH diamond HOLES NICELY CLEANED ?

N) IS THIS RING PRE-POLISHED CORRECTLY?

O) IS THIS THE CORRECT KARAT?

P) Have you and your client agreed on your setting fees?

I always tell my students my little phrase: " Price, Speed and Quality. Pick any two!"