Hello Orchidians one and all,
I’m reasonably proficient at bezel setting flat-bottomed cabs --kind
of a no-brainer after the first few-- but over the years I’ve
acquired a lot of cabs that are not flat-bottomed. In fact they have a
distinctly curved bottom. Oppi Untracht calls them “double-bombe”.
I’ve also seem them called “double cabochon”. Sometimes the curve is
fairly gentle (usually on larger stones) and sometimes it’s quite a
bit more convex.
So the question is, what’s your favorite way to bezel-set these
I can think of a few methods --stepped bezel wire OR carve a seat OR
small beads inside as risers OR something soft underneath to conform
to the bottom curve OR shape a wax model to match and then cast-- but
having tried a few a few of these I’m still looking for a good and/or
in The City of Light