I have a cameo to set for a customer and have never done one
before. I assume that they break easily and was wondering if
anyone had any words of wisdom for me before I attempt this.
Naturally, the cameo is dripping with sentimental value and I
don't want to damage it.
Personally, I use a thin bezel with a round wire bearing
contoured to fit the back of the stone. A close fit. Taper the
upper edge as one might hammer set it Actually, hammer setting
is okay, although I will usually take a burnisher to it.
Although shell cameo is soft, it also flexes considerably. That
doesn't mean to abuse it. It just means that it's relatively
safe.Scratches can be polished out with tripoli and rouge.
I gave one of these to my six month apprentice a couple of weeks
ago and he did a reasonably good job. Good luck