The disadvantage of premade bezels is that you can only use
calibrated cabs and stones. If you don’t do lapidary and cut
your own stones, or buy really interesting stones with baroque
or non-standard shapes–I guess you’re ok. But you’re missing
out on a lot design-wise.
The next question to ask yourself is the one about cost of
materials versus cost of your time. Bezel wire is a lot cheaper
than pre-made bezels, but what is your time worth to make your