When a Thought Works Out Well…

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Sometimes, you have the chance to create custom items for someone that turn out even nicer than what you had envisioned! This lovely design was the idea of Rebecca Brittian, a photographer with a wonderful sense of design. She came to me with the idea, and we were both delighted with the results!

The bezel setting was created basically like a pear-shaped tube mount. I made the first, outer tube to fit the diameter of the diamond. After soldering it shut with hard solder, I fabricated a second, inner tube to slide into the mount. Once I had them fitted together, I tapped the tube in with a leather mallet, leaving about 1/8th an inch clearance to set the diamond down in. I soldered it in place with medium solder, then trimmed the bottom of the mounting with a jewelers saw.

I filed a flat spot to join the tube mount, then soldered it directly to the band with medium solder. Then I filed a small 90 degree v-shaped notch at the point of the pear, to relieve the pressure on the stone during setting. After clean-up and polishing, I was able to burnish edge of the mounting the diamond, and polish it to a bright shine!

Please visit my website at http://www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistdesigns for contact information and more ideas. I’d love to help you create your own special piece of uniquely perfect jewelry!

Thanks!

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About moonkistdesigns

I'm a resident of upstate South Carolina, and live with a spoiled and opinionated Doberman named Remington, a Chihuahua mix who thinks she is a Doberman, and several really rotten cats! I have a muse that wakes me up with jewelry designs in the middle of the night, and a studio that is my favorite place in the world. I first began my jewelry career when I was 10. I started out cutting cabochons (they're the rounded-non faceted stones) at the local gem and mineral club in Augusta, GA. When I turned 14, I took silversmithing and fabrication lessons from a local bench jeweler, and I've been making jewelry ever since! From 2005-2008 I taught beginning silversmithing at Earthspeak Arts Jewelry school in Asheville, NC. In 2008, I started Moonkist Designs and now I enjoy creating artisan crafted mixed metal jewelry! Please visit our store at www.moonkistdesigns.com; or our Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistdesigns, www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistcreations, or www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistgallery.
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One Response to When a Thought Works Out Well…

  1. LLB says:

    love this

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