Diamonds can be set quite easily in steel using the GraverMax by GRS.
Stainless steel watch cases can be quite hard and extremely difficult
to engrave with hand pushed gravers, so this is where the GraverMax
really shines. It’s a pneumatic handpiece capable of extreme power and
controlability far beyond hand gravers. As an example, beads can be
raised with a beading tool instead of a round graver, etc. It’s
faster, you’ll experience far less slips and broken stones, and will
be able to set stones in nearly every metal you encounter. It’s a
stone setter’s dream machine, not to mention the world’s best tool for
As for gravers, make absolutely sure you’re using high speed steel
when engraving watch cases. If your gravers are not stamped with H.S.
somewhere on them, they are not high speed steel and will not hold up
to the hard steels used in most watch cases. I’d also recommend using
high speed steel burs for drilling stone seats, etc.
If you’d like to see an example of hand engraving on stainless steel
with the GraverMax, check out this photo:
http://www.masterengraver.com/smallplate.jpg That is extremely hard
300-series stainless steel which is deeply relief engraved and has
plenty of highly detailed graver work. You can tell by the photo that
the plate is very small, a bit larger than your thumbnail. While this
is not an example of diamond setting, it is an example of both heavy
and delicate engraving on an extremely hard steel using the GraverMax.
If this can be done, then stones can be set as well.
To see more examples of hand engraving on stainless steel, please
visit my site at http://www.MasterEngraver.com
For more on the GraverMax, visit http://www.grstools.com
Exhibition Grade Hand Engraving