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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Crystal Passions chatons. They're available in a wide variety of colors...

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...

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...

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 make a Briolette Wrapped Loop" how-to...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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'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?

Precious metal clay is a great way to create pure metal pieces without needing an expensive set up. You can start with the convenient Art Clay®...

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?

Low profile setting means that the stone sets down in a bezel setting which protects the stone.Elevated settings, such as the Snap -Tite® and...

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