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Bezel setting heart shaped gemstones


#1

Hi,

This is related to my other question about the tiny charms. I was
able to scavenge some lovely bezelset CZ hearts from a vintage
bracelet to use as charms for my rings. You can see an example on

Unfortunately I cannot find anymore of those. I really like them and
wonderif I can make my own. I can find the heart shaped gemstones
without problems, but how do I bezel-set those? Are there
pre-fabricated settings? If not, how can I make those myself?

Thanks,
Birgit


#2
I can find the heart shaped gemstones without problems, but how do
I bezel-set those? 

I have made bezel settings for all shapes of stones and if you can
bezel set anything more complicated than round, then you can bezel
set a heart-shaped stone - BUT it is the most difficult shaped stone
I have set so far. The key to all odd shaped bezel settings for me is
to not have too much metal to fold over the stone. That way, you
don’t have to worry about having too much metal (and having to notch
it) at the bottom corner of the heart, or having too little (and
having to cut a slit) at the cleft of the heart. The metal will ease
over the stone nicely. The trickiest bit for me is getting the two
halves equal. I’ve tried putting the join at the corner and I’ve
tried putting the join in the cleft - both resulted in acceptable
settings - but neither were easy to do.

If you’re wanting to produce these in any number (as it sounds like
you may be), then you may prefer to buy them ready-made and buy
calibrated heart-shaped stones.

Helen
UK