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Creative Stonesetting [Hardcover]

John Cogswell
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Book Description

17 Aug 2008
This is clearly laid out handbook on setting precious and semi-precious stones. Aimed at the student and professional jeweller, it is filled with straightforward instructions, handy tips and a multitude of diagrams which show the right and wrong way of setting stones. The book is also illustrated with images of work done by well-known jewellers.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (17 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140810945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408109458
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Cogswell is a British jeweller who has worked as a designer and silversmith in the US for many years. He has also taught jewellery making at SUNY New Paltz and at the prestigious Parsons School of Art & Design.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 29 Jun 2009
By ESpy
I've not had this long enough for a detailed review, but so far I'm very impressed. Mostly I've been doing flush setting with facetted stones, just starting to get into doing bead setting; however, I've seen a fair number of tips & techniques that I've never seen in print before.

The first major chunk is understandably given over to bezel setting and goes way beyond the normal "make an oval, squish it over"; there are a lot of suggestions for tackling stones other than the standard cabochons, tips for correcting things when they don't quite work out and so on. Then there's crown/collet, prong, graver settings, gypsy, flush & Roman, a bit on channel setting and finally dealing with pearls & beads.

If anything, I found the graver settings section slightly sparse - there's stitch setting and basic bead covered; there's mention of illusion, plate and pave but no additional detail on them. However, the text on preparing gravers looks fairly thorough, so I'm probably asking for a book twice the size... The other thing I'd quibble is the photographs used - it would be nice if a) the settings in the photos corresponded to the settings being discussed and b) there was a little more description of the jewellery in the photos!

All in all, an excellent book (especially for the price); a detailed discussion of a decent number of settings that are fairly easy to do. If you're in the UK, make sure that you have a mm/gauge conversion table handy though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 28 Feb 2009
By Dauvit
This is the sine qua non of books on stonesetting!
The book is highly technical but very easy to follow and understand. The author makes clear distinctions between techniques - no other stonesetting book I can think of makes the distinction between "channel-setting" and "stones set in a channel" - and is very aware of the potential mistakes which can be made in any given technique. He also addresses limitations in terms of stones and the abilities of the maker.

Absolutely essential handbook for manufacturing jewellers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone setting 30 July 2009
This book has very clear detailed illustrations and covers many different types of stone-setting. The starting point of the book is that students are only taught a basic bezel setting and that there are many more ways to set a stone. I wanted a book that showed how to progress from the basics and this book does just that with clear and helpful instructions and photographs of beautiful pieces.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book about stone setting 3 Feb 2010
I' m a jeweller and I say : If you 're a beginner or if you want to learn stonesetting by your own , buy it !
It's a good step by step course.
In all the books I have read before, nobody gives so many explanations than John Cogswell in this book.
He really learns to you :
-the tools you need
-how to make GOOD bezel or prong and how to avoid mistakes
-how to set.

Buy it, read it and practise and practise and make Cogwell's explanations your own to find your own way in stonesetting.

Emmanuel Figuier
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It a must have book 16 Jan 2009
Creative Stonesetting This book is a must have, it would be a great addition to any workshop bookshelf. This book will stand along side Oppi Untracht Jewellery Concepts and Technology and I think will become a stone setters bible. The layout is clear and easy to follow, the technics are also explained in plain english and It has freed me from forever making plain bezal settings. This is a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising very good book indeed.. 28 Feb 2010
By Basil
I bought this book as I've done initial jewellery training but time did not permit for all the different mounts and setting available to be covered in my course. I was so chuffed with the buy. It covers all the types of stone settings and mounts there are - that you can create. It also has some inspiring examples of work featured in it too..

However, I think the word 'creative' in the title is a little misleading. I don't think it is about creative stonesetting but rather about all types of settings available to a jeweller. As a jeweller you can then creatively apply the settings to your own jewellery work once you have mastered them.

A must if you need further knowledge on settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Stonesetting 13 Mar 2011
If you're into making jewellery seriously,in other words not stringing beads together, and if you're into setting stones seriously, then this is definitely the book for you. It doesn't cover every type of stone setting, which i was rather put out over at first, but, the types of settings that are covered are done extremely thoroughly.It does help to have some prior knowledge of what you're doing.I'm in my third year at university, so obviously i have been shown some stone setting methods, but reading and following this book has taken my skill level way beyond where i thought i could be while still learning.I really do thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in improving their skill level for many of the stone setting techniques. The only complaint i have is that i really do think that a book this good should have included every technique there is for setting a stone.I would have rather paid slightly more for a couple of extra chapters that would have made this book inclusive and comprehensive in the one it.
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