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Topics: Settings, Drop and Link

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I am making drops, links, etc.. Some of your filigree drops say cabochons. Can I use a crystal or rhinestones in these settings? Like a 4mm stone with pointed back instead of flat. I have bought several styles in these and have lots of crystals and rhinestones and would like to use them in your drop and link settings. Thanks.

Topics: Gemstones, Opal

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Is there such a variety of opals that are translucent and lavender in color? If so, how valuable are these stones?

Topics: Cameos, Genuine

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How do you tell the difference between a cameo that is carved out of a single piece of shell, and one that has the image glued onto the background?

Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Mixed Media Pendant

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I am seeing cabochons used with pictures and words and I want to use this style to make a 50th wedding anniversary piece for my mom. Is it just printer paper, is there a certain glue or mounting that has to be used?

Topics: Bond-a-Stud Dots

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Can Bond-a-Stud dots be cut smaller?

Topics: Cabochons, Settings

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What size settings do you use with what size cabochons?

Topics: Cabochon Settings, Bezel Cups

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Can you use bezel cups inside cab settings? If yes, which ones?

Topics: Cabochons

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Are the inlaid cabochons plastic, or are they natural stone?

Topics: Settings, Faceted Stones

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What is the difference between a gemstone setting designated ''low profile'' and a setting that does not have the low profile designation? If I have an 8mm stone can I use either setting?

Topics: Adhesives, Settings

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What is the best glue to use for brooches and cab settings?

Topics: Snap-Tites®, Faceted Gems

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How do I use Snap-Tites and what sizes of stone fit in them?

Topics: Sure-Set™ Settings, Faceted Gems

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How do I use Sure-Set™ settings, and what sizes of stones fit in them?

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I have a ring that the stone fell out of. How do I know what size stone to order to replace it? It's a round setting.

Topics: Replacing a Missing Cabochon

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I need to find a 12x17mm gem for setting on a billfold. I bought the billfold on eBay and the gem is missing. I saw a photo beforehand, but didn't notice. Ugh! I think a cabochon is what I am looking for and it will probably have to be 12x16mm correct?

Topics: Making A Flat Briolette Bail

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How do I make a bail for a flat briolette using sterling wire?

Topics: Replacement Parts for Vintage Costume Jewelry

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Where can I buy replacement parts for vintage costume jewelry, like the colored rhinestones they used to have?

Topics: Setting Marcasite in Art Clay®

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I'm interested in doing silver clay jewelry. What's the best way to get started? I love marcasite. Can I put them in the silver clay and then heat or is it best to glue them in later. Would I use jewelry glue or slip?

Topics: Crystal and Cubic Zirconia Earring Designs

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I would like to make some crystal and cubic zirconia earrings. I can't find the ones with holes or any examples.

Topics: Appropriate Bracelet Length

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How many inches long should I make bracelets?

Topics: Mixing Gems of Different Hardness

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Is there a general rule about mixing gems of different hardness?

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