I’ve never worked with titanium and today a client approached me to
have three stones (round, approx 3.5mm) set into a titanium band. The
band is domed, like a wedding band, seems to have been turned on a
lathe, and is already provided with three funnel shaped holes where
the stones would go. One stone is to be an amethyst, the second a
garnet, the third a sapphire. The first two are comparatively soft. A
first round of googling suggests that titanium is seriously brittle
when & requires considerable force to deform which in turn could put
the softer stones at risk.
It seems to me there are three options. One, I could set in a tube
of softer metal & gypsy/flush set the stone into that in the usual
way. Two, I could take my chances working the titanium and bead set,
three, I could take my chances with the titanium and the softer
stones & gypsy/flush set.
For the sake of the look of the thing I’m inclined to favor the
gypsy set. But - is that do-able at all? What would be the risks, and
are there any special “tricks” in gypsy setting into titanium? In a
more general way, what would you guys recommend: inset a softer metal
tube, or bead setting, or gypsy?
Cheers all and thanks in advance