You are on the right track. The only other way I know is to solder
two pieces of single half round together starting at the ends leaving
This is a lot easier with round wire than half round. Once the cuff
base is soldered together, or the gap cut and finished, partially
form your cuff shape where it meets the bezel before you solder in
the bezel. This way the continuous shape of the cuff is maintained.
This will take some fitting and possibly some temporary support, but
it is better than doing the whole thing flat and then forming the
cuff. Make sure to polish your bezel too before you solder it in
place. This is a time to learn about Prips if you haven’t already.
Once the partially formed base and bezel are soldered together and
you have done your stamping, you can set the stone. I have a wooden
jig that I use to set the entire bracelet into heated thermoplastic
putty. Once cooled, it secures the bracelet and lets me move it
around to evenly roll the bezel edge around the stone using a bezel
roller, hammer, flexible shaft hammer or whatever tool works for you.
Remove the bracelet and now set stone from the plastic, finish and
you are good to go. Good luck. Rob