With the studio it's going to be easier,or at least quicker, to set up shots I think. Here is a little experiment I tried with some dragon figurines. I figured I would have them guarding some jewelry or gold or something. All I could find was a couple little amethyst chips. In the photo they were way too small. I took separate photos of the jewelry with the same light. I copied them on to the photo, did some computer stuff to give them their look and, voila!
Shot with the 100mm macro 1/125thsec at f16 iso 100. Flash to the right and behind and fill flash to the left and front.