Daily Wire Tip May 13: Ordering a Snapset Online

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 13, 2010


What’s the best way to measure a stone for a snapset setting if you are ordering the snapset on line?


When ordering a snapset on line, order the same size finding as the stone you wish to use it for. Example: you want to set a 5mm round stone, then order a 5mm round snapset. Here is a link to all of the snapsets currently found on Wire-Sculpture: Snap Sets

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    May 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Using a micrometer would be the ideal way to measure your stone. However, a clear ruler marked in millimeters would provide sufficiently accurate measure of the stone. This is because the snap-sets are sold to the nearest millimeter and you’ll be able to get that from the ruler.

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    Linda Overman

    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I’m not sure this answers the question, if you don’t know the stone
    size this won’t help. I use a pair of digital calipers and measure
    across the largest part of the stone. You can place the stone face down on your work bench to do this. Don’t forget to zero your calipers while closed.

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    Casey Willson

    May 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I think this question had more to do with a stone “in hand”. I use a small sliding scale similar to a micrometer. It hasn’t failed me yet. And there are also plastic gauge sheets that have holes of various shapes and sizes to which you can compare your stone. The sliding scale is much easier and you only need the one tool.

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    May 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    If anyone would like to read further info and suggestions regarding snapsets, you can use the search option at the top of the page and type in ‘snapsets’. Here is a previous post with more info: http://wire-sculpture.com/jewelry-making-blog/1072/how-to-measure-gemstones-for-settings/