Speaking as some folks were of breakage of stones during setting, I
just set an almost 6 carat stone in a yellow gold mount. Prior to
setting it was completely 10X loupe clean, but afterwards I noticed a
very tiny fracture near one of the prongs. What are the chances that
this fracture may expand and cause trouble later ? The fracture is
only noticeable under 10X magnification. It’s possible to see it
vaguely with the naked eye but only if you know exactly where to look
and only if the stone is in just the right light at just the right
angle. But it bums me out anyway. I am somewhat unfamiliar with the
potential hazards of setting aquamarine (but hey, I set a nice
emerald without breakage, so give a couple of points for that one).
Would appreciate any advice from setters or cutters.
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