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.