Hi everyone, I would like your opinion. I started out in silver and do my bezels with fine silver and don’t have any problems getting a nice tight fit to my bezels by hand. I have been practicing in yellow gold and purchased 14kt yellow gold bezel wire and solder. I can do the bezel by hand on larger stones, but not as tight and smaller stones under 10mm I need to hammer set. Hammer setting is fine for hard stones, but I have some adorable small opals that I want to set in yellow gold. So my question is, would 18kt yellow gold be soft enough or should I go all the way to 22kt yellow gold for bezels for smaller and softer stones so I can set them nice and tight by hand. Thank you everyone in advance.
Oh, I should mention that I use 28 ga fine silver and 30 ga 14kt bezel wire so for. I plan on sticking with the 30 ga with a higher karat.