Hello, Im a longtime cabber and tumbler who is slowly teaching
myself to work in silver. I’m thinking of making a pendant set with
brazilian agate. I have several pieces of the pale, translucent
honey colored variety. I have noticed that when I put this type of
stone in a standard cabochon setting they look somewhat drab unless
they are worn in the sunlight.
I may try making a bezeled setting with the back cut out, and then
solder this to another sheet of (highly polished) silver using
standoffs, so the light has more chance to enter the stone. Has
anyone tried this before, and if so, did it work well? Would a
simple prong setting accomplish the same thing?