15 Steps to Success

Similar to setting a pear-shape stone, the marquise also combines two different kinds of prongs and procedures. The fragile tips of pear and marquise stones are commonly set in large "V" prongs, and the sides are held in round prongs. The techniques are not difficult, when analyzed step by step. Author and educator Alan Revere explains the details of setting a marquise. After completing the tapered-baguette settings (see "Practical Stone Setting: Part IX," JCK , May 2005, p. 186), focus on setting the 12 mm by 6 mm marquise center stone. Now is a good time to touch up and repolish any areas that will be inaccessible after the marquise is set. As always, check the stone for damage and examine the cut. What does the girdle look like and how much does it vary in thickness? Are the cuts uniform? Are the girdle and table level? Make notes on the envelope and plan your strategy t
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