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Q.
I have a stone that has come loose in a setting, how do I resecure the stone in the setting?

- Karen
A.
The tools I use to close a setting are either gem setting pliers or stone setting pliers.

Here are instructions for stone-setting pliers using a Sure-Set™ mounting:
  1. Place your stone face (crown) down onto your work surface
  2. Place your Sure-Set mounting on top of your stone (upside down)
  3. Press down until the stone ''snaps'' into place
  4. Place the notched portion of the stone-setting pliers on the tip of one prong, just slightly above the girdle. Rest the longer side of the stone-setting pliers along the side of the opposing prong. Gently squeeze the pliers, pulling the prong tip partially over the stone. Do each prong a little at a time going in a criss-cross fashion to evenly set the stone. Be sure to work gently because if too much pressure is applied you might twist the setting out of place. Reverse the pliers so they are working on the same two prongs but in the opposite position. Gently squeeze the pliers, pulling the prong tip partially over the stone. Repeat this all the way around the stone. Check to make sure the stone is level in its setting.
  5. Repeat Step 4, working around your stone two or more times
To apply what you've learned by repairing your setting, here is a link to the mountings and settings we carry that you might like to include in your future designs.

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