I have several very nice oval gemstones (sapphires and garnets)
and want to string them into a necklace. I was going to get
standard settings for oval stones, then connect them with jump
rings, lining up about 15 of them in a row.
Making a necklace is much more than simply linking gemstone
settings. It is not possible to go in all the details, but there are
consideration of how necklace will move. Necklace and person who is
wearing it do not move in unison. As a rule, necklace would have a
mind of it’s own. Linkage must impose restrains on necklace behavior,
or results will be quite ugly. Linkage construction will vary
depending on the size and the shapes of What will work in
one case, will not work in another.
If you want to explore this area of goldsmithing, start with chains
made with links of non-round shapes. See how small you can make
them. Try flexible bracelets. Bracelet linkage is easier. After you
may be ready for you first necklace, or may be not.