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Setting raw diamond cubes

I have pendant design which would incorporate a 3-3.5mm raw diamond
cube set in an 18k bezel. As this is a production piece time
efficiency is a concern, yet I want a organic feel to the bezel to
complement the stone as opposed to a ready made commercial bezel set.
I need to be able to pre-set a bunch of these diamond cubes to then
be soldered on individually to the pendant. I had thought of just
buying square tubing in a slightly larger size then the diamond cube
and just essentially crushing it around the cube and than
sandblasting and tooling the edge a bit to enhance the softened
organic feel. Does anyone have some suggestions on how to quickly
bezel set these cubes?

Thanks in advance,
Leslie

hi Leslie

I think that would work but you would need to be sure the cube can
take the pressure and you do not end up with a couple of skinny
rectangle looking stones. diamonds can shatter and they can split
along lines of pressure inside that you may not see in that
particular shape. take care gregg

Hi,

I used to prepare quite a lot of presettings -in round, not square
bezels- and since time was a concern, I would ask the custmer to
provide me with tubing of the diameter needed -around 3,5 mm-, I
would then saw that tube into 15 to 20 cm long pieces -long enough to
hold them comfortably with your hand- and I would start setting the
stones at both extremes of each piece. Once a batch of stones are set
(if I had cut five or six tube pieces, that would be 10-12 stones), I
saw the extremes to the needed length off the tubes -with the stones
set- and I end up with 10-12 nice small bezels. And then the process
begins all over again. At the begining you can perfectly hold the
tubes with your hand -this makes the process really quick. But as the
tubes become shorter and shorter they are more difficult to hold (I
used to use a glove in my left hand), to the point that you have to
start using a wood clamp or somenting to hold them properly if you
want to make the most of the tubes.

I hope this can be helpful.
Fernando