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Setting dilemma... before I make an ugly ring


#1

Hi Ros,

How about lightening it up visually by piercing it?

Opinions vary on whether it’s okay or not for the bottom of the
stone to touch the finger. In my opinion, it’s okay, so my advice is
to file the bottom of the bezel until the stone touches the top of
the finger.

Best wishes,
Cindy
Cynthia Eid
cynthiaeid.com


#2

I like setting stones as close to the hand as possible, however…

The culet should never ever touch the finger. Try wearing the culet
of a diamond touching the top of your finger some time. You’ll end
up with an open sore spot in no time at all. Also if the ring is put
on a mandrel that is NOT slotted, the stone will beak. I saw this
happen once to a 2ct stone by a setter at 1PM on Xmas eve. My boss
had to run out and buy another 2 ct stone before the end of the day.

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.
Jo Haemer
www.timothywgreen.com


#3
Opinions vary on whether it's okay or not for the bottom of the
stone to touch the finger. In my opinion, it's okay, so my
adviceis to file the bottom of the bezel until the stone touches
the top of the finger. 

A millimeter higher is not going to make a big difference. At some
future date, if the ring needs to be sized, sliding the ring up the
metal mandrel without being aware that the culet will hit the
mandrel, inadvertently not using the grooved mandrel, and hearing
that little crunch certainly has affected the rest of my day. I know
I should be more aware, but when it happens I do think about whoever
made the ring and why they incorporated something that could fairly
easily result in damage. I never have allowed a culet to touch the
finger on any piece I have made, and I will never have a good reason
to do that. To me that is not good craftsmanship.

Richard Hart G.G.
Denver, Co.