Dear N. Cho and anyone on Orchid!
The total difference is between night and day, why? After setting
after casting directly, the sharp, crisp fine cutting is so
professional looking, it bears to hear gasps of praise from the
client. If you wish to have just a mediocre result, but not bothering
to make precision cutting, stick with the "pre-cut" from the wax
form. This is my "humbled opinion"....:>)
As a full time Bright-Cutting setter, I prefer to see diamonds
sparkle in their own solitary bright walls; not some mass produced
method to reduce the setting fee. A dollar spent "after casting" is
well worth the expense of a diamond setter who is adept in doing this
style of workmanship. I am now doing diamond setting for a very large
jewellery mfg'ing company in Toronto and my sole responsibility is to
do only pave'ing and bright-cutting. This is a definite art, not just
some graver lacking a polished graver along with a modicum of cutting
knowledge. Again my humble apologies if I offended any other setter
who write here!
Even graver sharpening is an art, in itself. I give actual seminars
on how to accomplish this difficult task it is a skill/art! I have 5
so far in 2005 this year, just on the "Skill of Bright-Cutting".
When the actual bright-cutting is executed, the gold need not to be
fully polished, why? it reduces the sharp crisp beads to unholy stumps
of metal. I have seen this all too often and I cringe at the sight and
feel my labours have been diminished. Bright-Cutting is to be left
alone and not disturbed!
I feel the "polishing expert" must just maintain the lustre of the
setters skill. Polishing after setting must be only a light rouge,
nuttin else! ....Why milgrain? it only covers up the beautiful design
we setters are trying to portray. It delineates the finished
composition of melding of diamonds, gold, and the streamline affect
If my many words allow some form of understanding what is needed,
then N.Cho you might have learned what "I/we" are trying to
do...thanks...eh! Gerry, the Cyber-Setter!