Hello everybody, I resell finished jewelry but I would like to try
making a gemstone bracelet for my girlfriend’s birthday. I’ve chosen
the calibrated stones from the Reo Grande catalog that I would like
to use. However I am having difficulty locating a company that
offers a good selection of assembled back-set bracelets from which
to choose. I found a few in the Rio Grand catalog but I am surprised
that there is such a small selection. I mentioned back-set bracelets
because I do not have jewelers tools such as a flex shaft etc. so
any bracelet using a prong setting would be beyond my ability right
now. (I would think)
I have an older Roseco catalog and see a few bracelets that might
work but they primarily sell “tennis” style bracelets with the
gemstones closely spaced together. I am looking for bracelets with
the gemstones spaced further apart. Does anybody know other
companies that would sell what I need?
This also got me thinking and I have a few questions:
Why is it so easy for a hobbyist find loose gemstones but not
have access to any better quality bracelets to set the gemstones in
without needing any special tools? I would think there is a market
When a professional jeweler makes a bracelet using faceted
does he/she usually cast the stones in place or do they
purchase assembled bracelets and set stones in them? I was thinking
that if the stones are usually cast in place then maybe that’s why
so few companies offer assembled bracelets ready for setting.
Or… maybe it is commonplace for a findings company to sell
bracelet “parts” or components that are then set with stones,
assembled and soldered together?
I hope this wasn’t too confusing. I just can’t figure out why there
isn’t a larger selection of un-set bracelets that are marketed to
the hobbyist market. Especially with so many loose gemstones being
sold on eBay, on TV etc.