best glue for a gemstone (tourmaline) to walnut ring

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Forum topic by glen posted 06-01-2011 04:53 AM 2168 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2011 04:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: glue wood ring gemstone question

Hi all – first off, thanks to the whole community. Trolling on here, i’ve learned a lot.

I’ve been struggling with picking the best glue for a wood ring with a gemstone (polished pink tourmaline) in it. I’ve made a few walnut rings for my lovely lady, used my dremel to recess a spot so that a cut & polished tourmaline stone would fit in it, and have tried gorilla glue and several different epoxies, only to have the stone fall out through regular use somewhere in the 2 weeks – 2 month range. I haven’t tried CA glue, and thought I should ask opinions here before I go and try to lose another stone. I’m using walnut for the ring, and have been finishing them with an oil&wax finish.

Any advice is appreciated

thanks in advance


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#1 posted 06-01-2011 07:10 AM

I can’t imagine why epoxy would not work… Have you tried something good like west system? or are you just using 5 min. gorilla or loctite?

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 07:18 AM

Yes, epoxy is recommended when gluing dissimilar materials.

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 12:59 PM

Try using epoxy, but be sure the area that your glueing the stone unto is clean, bare wood without the oil and wax. Clean that spot out with your Dremel after you apply your finish.

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 02:19 PM

Have a jeweler make you a gold or silver bezel and mount the stone in it for you. the bezel can be made with teeth or threads on the outside to engage the wood mechanically, aided by epoxy. This will work because I have done it sevral times.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 08:56 PM

Sounds like I should try a higher end epoxy again. I’ll look into the west stuff that you were talking about, childress. I had made sure that the surfaces were clean, etc, but maybe it was just bad luck. Only hard part is making a space for the stone to sit nicely and for there to be room enough for epoxy to bond without making a mess. I like the idea for the bezel, crank49, and will certainly give that a try if epoxy fails again.

Thanks everyone


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#6 posted 11-16-2015 07:03 AM

I know this post is old but commenting anyways since I had the same question recently, and If anyone searches looking for information they might find this useful, but I asked a retired gem worker who owns the rock store I visit and he recommended epoxy 330, an epoxy like others have mentioned but its crystal clear when dried, hard and made for gems/stones, I’ve used it to attack stones and shells to wood with success several times now.

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