I have been studying quite a bit of historical jewelry lately and
one thing that popped out at me was the use of prongs as opposed to
bezels to hold stones/cabs in.
Most contemporary jewelry seems to use mostly bezels (except of
course for diamonds and faceted jewels). Think Petra Class/Todd Reed.
They both have an interesting take on bezels.
I was wondering what you think the reason for that is. Is it simply
aesthetics. An antique look vs. a contemporary look. Do you have a
I ask because I love making “turtles” as Tim McCreight calls them in
his book the complete metalsmith. I have been experimenting in flower
shapes, leaf shapes etc. I don’t like bezels all that much. I do
realize that they have a place, a big place but I have more fun with
prong/turtles. There seem to be so many possibilities with them.