Traditional gem-setting

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A traditional setting allows the craftsman to put a personal mark on the motif. The craftsman determines the exact number of gemstones to set as well as the design of the motif on the work entrusted to him. He starts with fine drilling then goes on to size the holes. Like a sculptor in the material, he makes repeated cuts. With these cuts he draws out the grain that will hold the gem stones. At this stage, each stone is positioned and must be carefully adjusted to achieve a perfectly snug fit. Lastly the grain is circular-grained, after which the stone will not move from its setting.