Before bead setting stones, properly
measure the thickness of your metal. At a minimum, the metal should be as thick as the distance between the girdle and the culet.
If the metal is too thin, you will not have enough metal to get a good bead.
If the metal is particularly thin, use a setting bur that is slightly dull. Then, rather than cutting the metal away cleanly, it will push some of the metal down. This metal will bulge down below the plate supporting the stone.
They’re marvelous, miniscule and sometimes malicious – they’re melee stones, and they’re everywhere. In this seminar you’ll learn Skills, Techniques, and Tips designed to take the frustrations out of handling and setting these little gems. You’ll also discover how to improve the quality of your work and reduce the time required to complete a melee job. This seminar will cover many setting techniques, including prong, bead & bright, channel, pave and flush.
This seminar sponsored by Jewelers of America, is part of the program at the Bench Jewelers Conference & Expo, April 24 – 27, 2008 in Los Angeles. For details on all the seminars offered, more conference & expo information, and to register go to: www.BenchConference.com.
Pavé setting has long been associated with elegant jewelry. In this seminar, you will learn how to perform fine quality pavé using a unique method to speed your work and improve your quality. Bead setting a row of diamonds girdle to girdle and true pavé will both be demonstrated. Many tips and tricks will be shown to make your work easier and more proficient.