I've been watching this thread about bezel closing punches and have
Do not look upon this little item as a cure all. Yes, you can buy
punches from most suppliers but know some things before doing so.
First, they can be quite expensive. Any precision tool of this
nature is going to cost a fair sum. I would not plan to spend such a
sum unless I plan to set a loooot of stones of a particular size and
Second, they are not all that easy to use. If you are setting
calibrated faceted stones, you have many problems to consider; girdle
thickness, crown height, etc. If setting cabs....all cabs are not the
same shape. Some have high shoulders, some low, some calibrated, many
are not. One punch will not satisfy all situations.
They can be dangerous to the stone. In an unpracticed hand, breaking
a stone is a certainty. Tap, tap, tap....when is it too hard, when
Finally, they are not a final answer. The punches are made to bring
the bezel over and onto the stone's shoulder....not necessarily down
to the stone. So, after using a punch to properly center the stone
(another potential problem) and the stone is nicely seated, the bezel
rim will still need to be brought down to the stone surface.
For the periodic bezel, I would say to you....learn how to properly
prepare a bezel and then learn how to properly use a bezel roller!!
Search the archives....there are a number of hints and directions on
how to do it properly (written some myself) and I am in process of
writing an article for publication on the subject. Unfortunately it
will be a while before it comes out but I will say that a little
practice and, with proper use of the roller, you will rarely even
need to use a burnishers. My article is written but still have to do
the pictures for it. If anyone in Orchid would like a copy now, let
me know and I will send it to you via email. Be cautious here and
save yourself some pain!
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry!