quality reading comprehension obviates unctuous mistakes, such as
I of course completely disagree with Leonid- ALWAYS TRY something
you have never done before..
Perhaps that is, sir, because you did not comprehend the post.
It is never a good idea to try something that you never done before
on good stone. Practice should be done on material that you do not
Wise words of advice, but misread by you sir, Leonid did NOT say to
NOT try something new, just don't do it on a precious stone to start
Also sir you are not a master goldsmith who worked for Tiffany.
You do not need to spend serious money on the Foredom All set
system. Unless you will set hundreds of stones.
It is a high quality high production tool. Which most of us do not
A tension or tension like setting will let in the most light- but
sounds a bit more 'modernist" than you want.
Current tension setting tech specs would have only gems 9 or more on
mohs scale. And they need to have very good tenacity as well.
So that means diamonds, rubies, sapphires and moissanite. That
definitely leaves out your spinel. As it would not withstand the
more than 10,000 pounds per square inch the spinel would be subject
Also I doubt you would have the specialised equipment to produce the
the required strength in the alloy.
Buy a few CZs the size and shape of your spinel, cost you about $5
Sight unseen, but your spinel could be worth some decent money. Also
practise makes perfect.
Make the design(s) in silver and enjoy and learn from your mistakes.
Sell them bling is still in.
Take the design you like the best and matches your skill set, then
set the spinel in 18kt yellow. And, because of your practice rings
you will have a a really fine piece of jewellery.
If I was making the ring I would google cushion cut stones in rings
and pick the designs I liked the best.
And then make them with the CZs, before going on to gold.
We are lucky that a master craftsman like Leonid freely shares his
advice, not matter that it may annoy the ignorant.
Who want, to use a colloquialism, "To teach granny to suck eggs."
Look at Leonid's tool making blog it will change the way you set.
All the best and enjoy the challenge and the refining of your