A bezel rocker, also known as a bezel roller is used in jewellery making to set cabochon stones in settings such as bezel cups. It has a curved surface that is used to 'roll' a bezel over the stone and helps to prevent any creases or unsightly marks in the metal.
Once your stone is sitting within a bezel cup, you can use a bezel rocker to gently rock it back and forth with a downward pressure to push the bezel around the gemstone, working from all sides of the bezel to trap the stone in place and create an even finish. A bezel rocker can also be used on gallery wire settings using the same movement.
Many jewellers use a pusher to push a bezel around a stone, however it can be argued that a bezel rocker offers a more professional finish. We would recommend using a pusher for claw settings for faceted stones but it's all down to personal preference and what tools you find most comfortable to use.
Not only are bezel rockers used for bezel cups, they are also brilliant for using with gallery wire settings. These are a popular choice for setting cabochon stones, available as pendants, rings and link settings for fun and creative designs. Simply pop your chosen stone in the setting and use the bezel rocker to gently push the claws over the stone.
Watch our tutorial below.
Gallery wire settings are made to use with cabochon stones and are available in a range of styles to suit your designs. They have patterned wire around the outside, adding to the interest to your design and provide a decorative finish.
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