Hello, my Orchid friends!
If you want to know why sometimes your setter is bawking at your
’hard as steel gold’…here is the ‘exact’ answer. This type of gold
crossed my bench only two days ago…I had some 111 diamonds to set in
the “shared bead” style of setting. Well, of those who don’t know
what this means…its when ONE bead is holding down two diamonds.
Normally this type of setting can be rather easy to proceed in the
regular style of setting…but for some reason, I had some difficulty
to actually ‘move’ any bead into position.
I pushed, kvetched and muttered all kinds of expletive-deleted types
of Sub-English words, in trying to get simple bead over into holding
just one diamond. No bead was going my way…’ they all had minds of
their own’, so to speak…Bright-Cutting was just also a definite and
arduous chore…All of my tools and gravers were 100% sharp. cleaned
and ever so exacting in the modification.
I figured if I’m going to succeed in keeping this new account, I
must email him of the continuing problems which were causing me much
distress…(a.k.a. communication with explanation)…Well it
worked, I returned his work I ventured to telephone him this
afternoon…He said “Gerry, your setting work is very good, I’m
sending you MORE !”…So I asked him maybe his gold needed softening
AFTER the soldering is done…He applogized in saying his ‘rings were
bought assembled’ and maybe the jeweller didn’t anneal any of them
Now my dear friends, here lies the answer to my
difficulties…always anneal your gold, prior to setting…especially
on WHITE GOLD…yellow gold has no need for this simple process. I
went through every past experience to figure out what was going
on…then it occured to me…now he knows just what to do prior to my
setting process. Did you all learn from this???..