Creative Stonesetting by John Cogswell was introduced to me by my fellow metalsmithing pal who found the book on an Amazon. I thought it’d be right up my alley, so I ordered my own copy. Anyway, so, here it is for anyone who may read my blog.
Though, I gotta say, if you are already a professional stone-setter, this book is a waste of your time; at least, this is my opinion. I should add that you’d have to be a SERIOUS pro not to get anything out of this book. For me though, it goes in great detail, which is what I need—detail.
Creative Stonesetting really dives deep into how to set marquee shaped stones, square stones and faceted gems, plus many more. While I haven’t exactly tried all of these methods, knowing that I have an extensive resource like this makes me more confident that I can actually set a triangle bezel without it looking sloppy.
While I mentioned that pro stonesetters will probably not need this book, there is a lot of very advanced techniques such as channel setting. If you’re up for the challenge, then again, this is a great resource. I think it’s still a good idea to get a private lesson or take a class on proper stone setting, but this is great supplemental material for any metalsmith.