I use a new chunk of bees wax with Tahitian pearls. I warm it up and
make a "cup" to hold the pearl then I gently put the pearl in it
(while the wax is still slightly warm). I use this method to drill
the pearl. Also, I use this for placing my 22kt granulated "caps" on
top. It's a way of stabilizing the pearl without scratching it. It's
like a dop-wax for the pearl. Don't know if this is anything new or
not. I'm sure others have great ideas on this.