A customer brought me some pearls which she wants me to glue onto
some 14K pearl cups with a post. She is providing the pearls and the
cups. In all, she has 3 pairs to be made.
Unfortunately the bottoms of the pearls are perfectly flat, and
don’t really sit well into the cups but are resting on the rim. Even
though the bonding agent will fill the cup, I am still apprehensive
about setting them. It would seem to me that one good bump would
dislodge them. I explained all this to the customer, but she insists
that I use the materials she is providing. She is a very good
customer, and I want to accomodate her, but want to make sure we do
not have problems down the road.
If you don’t think this is a problem, should I just go ahead and
epoxy them in? If so, is it better to use the 330 two part epoxy, or
can I use the GS hypo cement. I have been using 330 two part epoxy,
but another jeweler tells me that the GS hypo cement is better.
When I make pearl stud earrings, I make the cups myself to assure
that they are shaped so that the pearls are seated nicely. I also use
longer posts to insert into the pearls. I drill the pearl a bit to
get more depth. This way I am sure that things will hold up.