This is my first post here. I’m a glorified hobbyist jeweler and I
humbly turn to the collective expertise of this outstanding group
because I’m in over my head.
A friend has a 18x15x11 deep pear amethyst that he wants me to set
in a silver pendant for him. The stone has a visible inclusion near
the point that looks like a few straight lines when viewed from one
direction, but appear as planes when turned 90 degrees. I don’t know
enough to understand the implications of this for setting the stone.
It also has a rather big belly and the pavillion angle is rather
large. I tend to avoid stones cut like this when I buy for myself,
so I don’t have much experience making seats for big fat slopes like
this stone has.
He wants a ‘solid looking’ setting, i.e., bezel walls. My instinct
is to fabricate, but I never really learned to carve wax, so I
fabricate almost everything I make. What would you do with a stone
like this? Thanks in advance for your thoughts,