I got some 14k stamped gold open-back oval bezels from Hoover &
Strong, and I took them to a someone who was going to show me how to
set my calibrated cabochons in them, but she was unable to do it.
Whenever she tried to push the bezel over the stone with jeweler’s
pliers, and also with prong setting pliers, the metal would flex, so
she never could get the stone to remain seated, and was unable to
burnish the bezel to get the metal to rest against the stone. She
tried annealing the metal, and also grinding to thin it out, but
nothing worked. Is there some trick to this, or was she just using
the wrong techniques?