When channel setting stones in a channel that is next to, or circles a center crown, undercut the channel on the center crown side. Then, only the outside wall needs to be worked down to secure the stones. ~Brad
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Always cut a hole in the inside bottom of a closed bottom crown. This hole can be cut with a drill bit or a round bur; moreover, this will allow clearance for the culet of the stone. If this clearance is not provided, the stone may chip during setting, or while wearing if the customer knocks the stone.