I have recently been playing with bezels for the first time. I
have had problems with the 'top edge' for the finished piece
being somewhat uneven and a little jagged..
Discovered a tool, 'Bezel Crimper' for lack of a better name.
Just place the tool over the bezel/stone and tap lightly!!
What I use for bezels is a pusher tool that I make using a large
mushroom graver handle and a piece of 3/16" square tool steel
about 2" long. (back in my early days I was told it was "a
european st in my left hand) and you can exert a large amount of
pressure on the bezel.
After getting the stone tightly set, I gently file the top edge
of the bezel using a 4" barette file (a favorite size and shape
from Grobet) that has had the edges sanded very smooth (to
The "bezel crimper" doesn't work on oval stones, allows less
control- and... you can't see the stone that you are setting.
But sometimes I use one anyway....But then I have a sort of