I started off with beads because bezel setting stones scared the crap out of me. One of my first pieces using stones was this pair of earrings. I used rivets to attach peridot stones to sterling silver Jewish Stars.
Eventually, I began to get jealous of my Aspiring Metalsmith teamies and their stone addiction. I wanted to buy stones too dammit!! I just didn't know what I was going to do with them once I got them. It didn't matter, I wanted stones and I was going to have them!
These were my first two cabochon stone purchases...
After much encouragement from my AM teammates I took the plunge and set these bad boys. This is what they became.