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Diamond Setting Diagrams, "Burs" (2 of 8)

"Diamond Setting Burs & Diagrams".

These numerous diagrams are used to aid your stone setting situations!

Is this a long title? Yes, but it needs to fully explained, no guessing or leaving things for you to research on Google…:>(


Please be aware where these ‘contact’ spots are located on each bur. Once you understand the rigours of cutting bearings, then you can appreciate just how these burs will work FOR YOU!!

I use a Bud-shaped bur to cut the ‘Baguette-Gallery’ angles on a shoulder stone, just from that bur using #006, or #007!

The Bud bur’ #008 ‘contact spot’ is too wide of a cutting bur as it isn’t good for cleaning the small 90 degree corners just inside the Gallery!

While you are trying to ask how to do this or that, I’d ask you what burs are YOU using? If so, where do you use them & why? My next question would be: “How is this bur helping you?”

When you have the “WOW proclamation”, or the startling “Revelation” on just how important these burs can be to you while at your bench! Then you can finally understand just how important some of these burs can be…it’s just so mind-boggling!

I use the ‘Carbide’ and the ‘HSS’ bur sometimes in one ring or pendant.

We have to be flexible and keep our minds 'open’ to many newer ideas & practices. T his includes selecting the correct bur as this alone is a ‘learning skill’.

Each bur has it’s very own subtle requirements. Many times I find myself using as many as 7-8 burs just to get one diamond set & then enjoy in how it looks after being completed…NICE!

BTW, if you are using a Carbide bur & it’s ‘bur-teeth’ seem to be just sliding along the metal, get rid of it!!!

No way can you recut those Carbide teeth, BUT you can on a High Speed Steel bur. This easy demonstration will be shown in another essay on the ‘many repairing tools & techniques to fix’.

In the ‘Gypsy/Flush’ setting and if you have just no idea how deep to place your bur in the hole prior to starting the carbide bur to cut a bearing. If you look at this next diagram, your answers will be easily answered.

When you are satisfied that the “Table” of this stone is at the level of the metal, thanks to this little diagram! (apologies for my crude spelling)


I just never expect a HSS bur to do what the Carbide bur can do. The same is for the Carbide bur, it just can not do what the HSS bur is doing now! Same shapes, but that’s where the similarity ends!

No matter what you are doing in creating bearing grooves, keep a handy assortment of Pumice (180 grit & 1,000 grit) wheels at your bench!