The stones I have are topaz cabs - so therefore pretty
transparent, wouldn't sanding the bottoms effect the look of the
stones from the top?
Yes, sanding the back unless you polish it will be seen and will not
One solution is to make the bezel and make an inner bezel the right
height that fits inside
that holds the cab up so the back does not touch the back plate.
This inside piece does not have to be soldered in.
Once you make the bezel with the back plate and see what the cab
looks like in the bezel
with the back plate you can decide on whether it would look better
without metal behind
the cab. Sometimes the back plate reflects light and washes out the
Another way to do it is to use the bezel flat and use two tweezers to
hold a wire in the right position to solder the wire down the right
distance from the top, then solder the bezel into a circle. When you
use wire, you need to cut a seat for the edge of the cab to rest on
because of the rounded bottom. Ball bur works.
I have used a flat strip of silver bezel, a flat strip of 18kt and
soldered a wire where the two metals meet, soldered them flat and
formed into a bezel to make a tall bezel so I could have a gold
bezel on a sterling piece for a large faceted gem. Large gems, deep
pavilion, all 18kt bezel would have been to expensive for my
customer, stayed in the budget and really set the piece off this way.
I did the soldering of the wire to the flat strips at one time and
the strips were soldered together at the same time.
Richard Hart G.G.