Bezel Solution for Corners and Points

by Judy Larson
Many times the heights of corners and points are lower than the rest of a cabochon. When this happens, the bezel needs to be adjusted in height at those points.
Instructions
The first photo shows how much lower the height of the ice blue cabochon is at the point compared to the rest of the teardrop in the bezel.

Use a scratch awl (second photo) to scribe a line inside the bezel (third photo) to help with filing back the bezel tip to better fit the cabochon.

The scribed line should be above the tip the same distance as the bezel wire is around the rest of the cabochon edge.
Judy Larson's Bezel Solution for Corners and Points  - , Metalwork, , bezel solutions
Judy Larson's Bezel Solution for Corners and Points  - , Metalwork, , bezel solutions
Judy Larson's Bezel Solution for Corners and Points  - , Metalwork, , bezel solutions
When first starting to bezel set stones, round and oval cabochons are the easiest. Adding corners makes it a bit more difficult. The point of the blue ice cabochon is wider, and therefore the bezel can be a bit more rounded.

The rust-colored cabochon is VERY pointed so the bezel needs to be treated differently. I personally do not like cutting a "V" notch in the bezel wire at corners or cabochon tips if I can help it. However, the longer and skinnier a cabochon is, the narrower the point is. In that case, a "V" notch cut at that point in the bezel will most likely be necessary so that the bezel wire can fold over the tip of the cabochon.

Stick with wider teardrop cabochons until you get the hang of bezel setting and filing back bezels at tips and corners. The confidence gained will make it easy to transition to bezel setting stones with those pesky narrow tips.
Judy Larson's Bezel Solution for Corners and Points  - , Metalwork, , bezel solutions
Judy Larson's Bezel Solution for Corners and Points  - , Metalwork, , bezel solutions

Materials

28 Gauge 3/16" Fine Silver Bezel Wire
H9-28BZL
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
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Tools

Carbide Scribe, 5-1/4 Inches
SCB-535.00
  • SCB-535.00
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): General Education