I am just setting up my studio to be a full time jewelry artist. I have taken several classes in jewelry design, fabrication, casting; also several classes in blacksmithing. I am curious about combining metals for jewelry with gems, pearls, etc. My focus right now is on lost wax casting, with stones in place. I do have questions about what to look for in stones (ruby, sapphire, diaamond) that could pose a problem with casting in place. I'm very excited to be a new member of Ganoksin- I'm sure I will learn alot!