Stone Setter

Set precious, semiprecious, or ornamental stones in jeweled items.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stone Setters do?

Sets precious, semiprecious, or ornamental stones in rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches, metal optical frames, and other jeweled items, using handtools: Places item in vise. Cuts and files setting to accommodate stones, using files, chisels, and hand or electric drills. Positions stone in setting and fixes in place by pressing prongs around stone, by raising retaining metal ridge around stone, or by tapping edges of setting with setting tool and hammer, forcing metal against stone. Smooths edges, using emery file and pointed steel tool. Examines union of stone and setting, using magnifying glass. May drill holes in settings preparatory to setting stones in piece. May replace stones in rings. May be designated according to stone set as Diamond Setter or according to item worked on as Stone Setter, Metal Optical Frames.


Should I be a Stone Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Hammer Setter, Jewelry Setter, Stonecutter, Stone Setter Apprentice, Stone Setter, Metal Optical Frames

    How to become a Stone Setter

    Stone Setters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Stone Setter-related education!
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