April 2012: Stone Setting Workshop

June 07, 2012

On 21st April 2012 Georgina Franklin taught a stone setting workshop in my studio, with myself offering a helping hand. We had a very good day with some ambitious rings made. All students had some previous experience, which allowed them to work on projects a little more complicated. Kerry made two rings using claw settings. She did a brilliant job of making the round claw setting which involved lots of very delicate soldering. Bridget used 18k gold to make her rub over settings, something she had not done before and was quite nervous about. Finally Heather - who has lots of making experience - wanted to polish up her skills and learn different ways to set. She set a very deep stone into the band in an unusual way, including learning how to forge the ring to a tapered edge.

We were all delighted with the final results, with thanks going to Georgina for that final tweak!

Adding solder
Adding solder

Georgina demonstrating forging
Georgina demonstrating forging

Soldering the setting to the shank
Soldering the setting to the shank 

A ledge is soldered into the setting
Ready to set the stones

Ready to set the stones
Ready to solder

Ready to solder
Setting the stones

Heather's ring
Heather's ring

Kerry's ring
First of Kerry's rings

Kerry's ring
Kerry's second ring

The students!
The happy students!





Ring sizing

Standard designs

Sue makes rings to the size you select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid online or via bank transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it is returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

After 14 days: Sue will happily resize but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work plus postage. Sue can quote for any work before you return the ring.

Commissioned designs

Any item made just for you, that is not one of Sue's standard designs: You (the customer) need to ensure the size is correct before Sue commences any work. If your order doesn't fit, Sue may be able to resize for you depending on the design and stones used. There may well be a charge involved due to the complexity of the design and for working with stones that where not supplied by Sue which may be difficult to work with. Contact Sue to discuss if it is possible and she can let you know the cost involved, including postage.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.