Stone setting, and doing it well, is just another advanced
skill/talent to add to one’s overall skill envelope.
One of the things that attracted me to this field when I was 16, was
noticing that all the dozen old timers around me, talented very
knowledgable as they were, did Not know everything, and they all
knew that. Everyone could set stones, and do it well, and a few were
It is something that one cannot intellectualize about to achieve
individual success. It’s hands on for all stones have their own
unique qualities, weaknesses and strong points, hardnesses, and
softness, one must learn and navigate through to achieve a fair
degree of mastery.
Same goes for faceting stones. For about a 12 year spell, I pursued
the higher knowledge there, not only cutting my own stones, but
repairing damages from wear, or by my fellow jewelers/setters
screwing something up. Each stone has it’s own unique qualities and
Point is?..knowing both fields with deep and broad hands-on depth,
and how hard it is to do both arenas to highest standards, heightens
one’s ability to focus to the best of their abilities, and pay
extreme attention to all things, when setting, or in Making the
setting/project in the first place.
One foot in front of the other, otherwise one is actually
handicapped, or at the mercy of others, to finish a part of their
Generalizing about stone cutters, is just too Archie Bunker. Better
to judge each person who lives in that arena for what they do and
how well they can do it. After all, there’s Lots of mediocre
(ahem)…“jewelers” out there as we all know too well.
Jewelry is a field where one can learn new things for the rest of
their life. Keeps one young at heart imho. Pick a category within
the field, and spend some years trying to master it completely,
The more abilities you acquire/master in your personal skillset, the
more you can do. The more you can imagine. One’s creativity is
directly impacted by the ceiling of their own skills envelope. Or in
many cases, handicapped to various degrees.
Learn everything you can, and be nice to one another. It can be a
tough field to survive in for many. Help when you can.