There are two kinds of product photography. The normal 2D images, which are fairly easy and you can also use a light tent but its not absolutely necessary. I use soft-light-box-lighting with a backdrop for all mine so I am not restricted by area and size of products.
It depends on the quantity of 360 products you will be doing which will determine the setup for best productivity. If you are just going to do a few then a Rotor option is perfect.
You can use a Nodal Ninja Rotor set at different increments according to the desired quality of images. Nodal Ninja also sell the turntable with covers. The more images you have the better it will look and interact. The absolute minimum number of images for a 360 would be 8.
However, if you plan to do many 360 products you will need a motorised setup linked to your cameras shutter. These can be expensive. I use the VR Drive since the software was cheap and I already have the VR Drive. There are others pacifically designed for product photography where they can even allow people to stand on.. It really does depend on the size of the products you will be photographing. There are huge turntables for cars but they are very expensive. I used a big turntable to capture a chair but I borrowed a studio with it all setup.
You really should have your entire camera settings set to manual. You need to set the WB according to the area and available lighting you are working in. The backdrop is best to be the kind that flows away and up in an arch, you can use card for this. I used a cheap laser light to ensure my products were set to centre or it can give a wobble look as it turns.. You can do all of your post editing in Photoshop.
These links here are to swf interactive 360 product.http://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/3DInteractiveProducts/3DOwl/3DOwl.htmlhttp://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/360Goldlecklace/AntiqueGoldNecklace.htmlhttp://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/3DProductTest3/AllNewTest3D.htmlhttp://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/360Vase1/AntiqueVase1.html
This link is using krpano droplethttp://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/3DRotateVR/3D-VR.html
This link will open a test VR Tour with a hotspot and using Object2VRhttp://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/360GoldNecklaceHTML5/index.html
The advantage of using the HTML5 is so the 360 products will work within an iPad. The krpano will also work but you really need to edit the features to make it look more appealing.. The benefits in using krpano, its easy and quick.. No skills required.
You might see some very cool looking 360 jewellery products which you might try to recreate. Don't be fooled by these.. Many are 3D models with render maps and a heap of post editing.. http://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/3DProductTest5/index.html
The only real way to achieve perfect jewellery product photography is to use a macro lens and focus stacking software.
Primary School Teacher - Hobby Virtual Tours and 3D/360 Object/Product Photographer - Our aim is to create a 3D/360 Virtual Tour Shop/Store with links to 3D/360 degree products. My gear, VR Drive II - D90 - Nikon 10.5 fisheye - Nikon D800 with Nikon-Nikkor 14-24 - NOVOFLEX Magic Balance - Acratech GP Ball-head - Nodal Ninja 4 + RD-16 Rotor - Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod