I recently bought an antique carnelian heart. It is beautifully
carved, and silky smooth and polished. The piece is drilled through
the stone, right under the heart’s ‘cleavage’, for a bail. There are
small chips around this hole, and I would like to smooth them out
before I put a bail through. I’m worried that the rubbing of the
bail on the area might further deteriorate the piece.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can use to do this?
My concerns about doing this are further fragmentation and also
possibly scratching the nice smooth surface adjacent to the chips.
I’d also love any suggestions as how to cold connect a bail.