the problem of ordering a mounting from Stuller and the diamonds
and having the diamonds be too big? (or too small)
It’s not ~necessarily~ Stuller, it’s the way of the business, to
some degree. Take a 6.5mm stone, which is the standard of a 1ct.
diamond, and go fit it into different 1 ct. settings at a findings
house. It will fit differently in all of them, sometimes a lot.
Different people have different ideas about what a setting should
And Stuller is a fine place, but they can’t do and be everything,
either. Somebody gave me 16 two pointers from them to set, last
week. They weren’t ~graded~, they were sieved (at least so-to-speak).
That’s a 1.6-1.7mm stone, and they varied by 3 tenths or more.
Obvious to the casual glance… Look at their web site - 1.5mm (1
1/2 points) are listed as “1.41-1.55mm” That’s a huge spread for a
stone that size, and that’s if it actually falls in that range. I’m
sure Stuller would actually mike stones for you, if you asked, but
you’d need to ask, I imagine. When I get melee from my supplier and
they are 2.0mm, each and every stone is 2.0mm, but that’s labor
intensive, too. It’s a common matter in this industry - matching
stones to settings, and the tighter the fit the more you need to
take control of it.