Hi all, been a couple of months since I was online last, 1400 messages
to catch up on. Whew! (Mostly from the artmetal forum)
Regarding diamond setting into nickle white golds, I would like to
forego that myself, but I still take on setting large genuine colored
stones into 18k white gold bezels. I have three on my bench now, a
7.75ct white sapphire long ant. cush. - a 12 ct. white sapphire oval,
and a 13.5 ct white sapphire oval. The bezels have scroll work pierced
into the sides etc… I do okay with them, but the time it take ruins
my productivity, just the same, I charge extra! I do pave’ in 18k white
also, I use a hammer and punch to raise the beads!! The one aspect I
love about the 18k white alloy I use is the color, it is so white it
looks like rhodium, and the bright cutting looks terrific, especially in
pierced filigree bead-set bright-cut. Now that I think about it, I think
I’ll increse the price for this kind of work again!
I learned pave’ back in the early '70s. My teacher made me set
rhinestone into nickles. His strategy was that if a setter could pave’
set rhinestones into a rolled nickle, he could set anything, he was
right. At times I resorted to pre-bright cutting, making a pin-point
setting. All you have to do is seat the stone and press the bead tips
over, a little time consuming, but vastly superior results!
Handmade 18K and platinum gemstone jewelry. Fine die
and mold engraving. Diamond setting. Class rings/pins.
25 years experience in the manufacturing jewelry arts.
Bruce Holmgrain wrote: