I am making a pendant and have a freeform stone which presents a
problem. The sides of the triangular-ish stone (sugilite) have some
beautiful color that I would like to expose. I have cut from 30 gauge
fine silver a bezel in which I have made a deep scallop on three
sides, leaving a small(3mm) wedge in three places to act as prongs.
The stone is about 3/4" on two sides and about an inch or so on the
third side, and at least 1/4" deep, with straight sides.
The advice I need to have is: do you think those three “prongs” will
hold this stone? I am wondering if it would be better to cut a
similar bezel from sterling silver rather than fine silver, and if
so, what gauge should I use? I have not used sterling for bezels
because the fine is so much easier to push over the stone, but this
is a special piece with gold and a couple amethysts so I want it to
be right and not fall apart, but I also don’t want to damage the
stone by having to tap it too hard if I use SS.
Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.