I usually file the top edge down a little too,
that way the bezel will push over without a lot of work. I use a
rounded punch to carefully push the metal around the stone.
This works for me, too. But I like using a modified toothbrush
handle for a pusher – won’t mark the metal and it’s safer for
the crystals should you brush them in setting. Speeds up the
Just cut an old toothbrush handle off at the base of the
bristles and smooth the end and sides, rounding the edges a bit.
(Learned this long ago from Tim McCreight’s book "The Complete
Pam Chott, in hot, very humid, monsoony Mesa, AZ