Hi all on the Pave Setting problem!
I avoid using a Flat graver, #4 width, so how do I bright-cut? Oh so
simple, I use a “Right-Sided, Onglette #2” that is used only for
Bright-Cutting. This is my superb modification based on a simple
This graver only cuts on one side only, if you are left-handed, (so
it must be then reshaped for cutting on the left side). When I use
this graver, there are no shatter marks from the graver running over
the facets of any diamond. Not one bit of the steel graver even
touches the stone while being cut. Can this occur with a Flat
The “shattering” is basically the thick part of the flat head
glancing over the facets and it re-adjusts itself during the cutting
action…hence those ugly rippling effects.
The “Right-Sided” tool just never gets to be anywhere close to any
stone. Hence a beautiful, clean, smooth, continual cut! The cutting is
so streamlined it is almost effortless. No strain on the hand at
I also facet (again) the steel graver on the left side, as I alter
the side of the graver and it won’t even come close to the stone
while being cut on the Right-Side.
Moral of this is: It’s not only the skill of the setter, and the
graver that is cutting. It’s the result of the setter that has the
total understanding on how to navigate through so many problems.
I wish I could come to your own bench and show how this is easily
I also use the same process when I am “Pre-Cutting” that is doing
all of the cutting, prior to any sones being set. The metal is
almost…mirror smooth! Trust me!