And yes, these are unfinished cast ring blanks - no shine!
Friday, 25 September 2009
My stone setting course at jewellery industry supremos HS Walsh just finished. We learnt the professional way of doing three different types of setting: rubover, claw and grain - they all have different personalities. Rubover is a bit of a bullmastiff - you need a fair bit of brute force but can be moulded into a gentle and obedient curve. Claw setting is the primadonna of the settings, very dainty, very exacting and surprisingly time-consuming! Grain setting remains a bit of a mystery to me.... this is a calculated setting that requires not just a good understanding of geometry but also dexterity in the use of the setter tools - too much going on at once! one to practice slowly, so please don't be asking me for pave set diamonds just yet!