Bezels are an essential component to jewellery making when learning to set gemstones. A
The following step by step instructions will help you to get started with basic bezel setting.
You will need a set of needle files, wet & dry sanding sheets, pusher, burnisher & a ring clamp if you are working with a ring or bezel cups if you are soldering a loose bezel to your
File down around the edge of the bezel to an angle and remove any file marks using sanding sheets.
The aim here is to ensure that the edges of the bezel lay flat against the gemstone and there is no lip. This way your stone will be nice and secure as well as ensuring the finished piece looks nice and neat.
Using a pusher or similar tool, ease down a small amount of bezel on opposite sides of the gemstone until it is secure in the centre of the mount.
Then ease over the rest of the bezel until it is flush with the gemstone.
Smooth off the top of the bezel using a burnisher, taking great care not to mark the stone. Your setting is now complete and the gemstone should be held securely in place.
Loose bezel cups are ready to solder onto any design, whilst other pre-made settings have bezels already incorporated.
The following designs are two great examples of how to incorporate a bezel setting into a design, click through to view them on our 'Make The Look' pages an get step by step instructions.
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