All, I made a large bead, about the circumference of a nickel, last

fall and was asked to pave set diamonds in it. I estimated the

number of diamonds that were needed (about 300 x .02ct). The

customer only had a budget for half that number and so laid out and

set the stones. After doing the job I realized that I had indeed

estimated correctly the number of stones needed, and it would have

been spectacular if I could have done it correctly. The store that I

made the piece for now wants another one. I am wondering if there is

a formula for figuring out how to most easily lay out diamonds for

pave setting. It seems as though I could spend hours figuring these

things out. I would like to use only one stone size, .03 or .02 cts

each but if I need to use more to get the piece to work out better I

would. As well I like to get the stones to share beads so that they

are extremely close, almost touching.

Thanks, in advance for any help that comes my way.

Larry Seiger