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

It is recommended to take the hardness of the stones into consideration as the harder ones can scratch or wear away at the softer stones, although...

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

Inlaid cabochons are not plastic they are reconstituted gemstone materials. The gemstone material is ground, mixed with bonders then formed into a...

How many inches long should I make bracelets?

The standard adult-sized bracelet is approximately 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men. If you don't know the wrist size of the person you are...

Are dyed, heated or stabilized gemstones less valuable than the natural ones? And what is the difference between them?

It depends on what you're comparing. If you're comparing a dyed or heated A grade citrine cabochon to a natural A grade citrine cabochon, then the...

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?

A conventional cameo is hand carved from one piece of banded agate (layered stone) or certain types of seashell. Viewing the cameo sideways would...

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

View the ''Gemstone Setting'' tutorial on how to set stones in Sure-Set™ and Snap-Tite® settings.Sure-Set™ settings are pre-notched and sized to fit...

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

Briolettes make beautiful charms or pendants when you add a wrapped loop bail. Check out our how-to video.MaterialsAdditional Resources how-to video...

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

It depends on the setting and type of cabochon and you might need to test more than one glue. See the ''Glues and Adhesives Chart'' as well as the...

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

Cubic zirconia beads and drops are available in a wide variety of colors and can be used just like any other beads and drops.There are also earring...

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

If you're looking for the faceted ''gemstone shape,'' you can't go wrong with . They're available in a wide variety of colors and...

What size settings do you use with what size cabochons?

With calibrated cabochons, you can use a calibrated cabochon setting of the same size. The regular stock cabochons you buy from Fire Mountain Gems...

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

To set a faceted gem in a Snap-Tite setting, place a gem face down on a non-abrasive surface, push the mounting down over the gem and listen for the...

I do not understand the 'mm' thing. I have been trying to match a garnet cabochon to a garnet oval toggle so I can make a matching pendant. Help?

The term "mm" refers to millimeters which is a metric unit of measurement. Many items within the jewelry making industry are measured in millimeters...

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?

Scale down words or images and print onto standard printer or copy paper. Place a clear glass cabochon over the image and trace around it. Note: If...

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

There is a gemstone that may resemble a lavender color or hue. This stone is called Opal Fluorite. The purple color derives from gases trapped in the...

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.

Before you order a new faceted gemstone, check the integrity of the prongs on your current ring mount. You don't want to lose another stone because...

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

Yes you can! When selecting the cabochon setting, choose one that has an opening that is equal to the diameter of the bezel cup so they can be...

Can Bond-a-Stud dots be cut smaller?

Yes, they can be cut smaller if necessary; use a pair of sharp scissors for clean edges.Materials

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...

The mounting you describe sounds like it would accommodate a cabochon which is domed on top and flat on the back. Standard settings are made to fit...

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...

You can glue crystals, rhinestones and gemstones into any open-back cabochon setting as long as the size of the stone is correctly matched up with...

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