Hi Carrie...its now 6:30 a.m....yawning!
I've seen some 'faceted' bezel-set stones in earrings of this
nature. One thing you should be always aware of is; is the culet of
the stone going to be touching the 'cross-bar'? If this is the case,
allow for the 'cross bar' to be slightly domed AWAY from the bezel.
Have it then curved to give freedom to the culet. You might have to
make some measurments from the girdle of the stone, that is 1-2 mm
"below" the top of the bezel wall to the bottom, of actual earring
Lets say the total earring depth is 4 mm's and the stone is 4mm's
too, You will indeed have a major problem, why? Glad you
asked!....You must always allow for the stone to be lowered from a
distance of girdle INTO the bezel..this is, the 'table' should always
be situated when finished at the bezel top!..If you move the bent
'cross-bar' away from the culet, the post will be off-center.The
final result would be that the earring will hang further down as
If you are going to have a "solid backing" try not to do this! Your
stone will look a shade darker, I would have a "smaller opening" to
allow a shaft of light to 'brighten' the stone. This will also allow
for some minor changes in the choice of stones' depth in time of
setting! Nothing is perfect !
If you are selecting Cabochon stones, I prefer, my opinion here
again, to have a slight opening. Others might differ with me, designs
warrant your final choice of post arrangement. You should really
allow full freedom of light to get to the stone at all times.
"Gerry, (the not sleeping) Cyber-Setter!"..:>)