Bench Tricks

Trick: FLUSH-SET ROUND STONES SECURELY TO ENSURE STONES' RETENTION Flush setting round stones can be tricky: The procedure demands precision when preparing the seat and burnishing metal onto the stone. JAr Certified Master Bench JewelerT Tom Weishaar of Underwood's Fine Jewelry in Fayetteville, Ark., shares the following tricks for successful flush setting: After drilling a small hole where the gemstone is to be set and enlarging it to 50% of the stone's overall diameter, use a straight-wall (90°) setting burr to create the seat. The burr must be the exact size of the gemstone or slightly smaller. The table of the gemstone (for stones measuring 3 mm or less) must be even with the height of the metal (see illustration #1). For gemstones measuring more than 3 mm, the table should be slightly higher than the level of the metal. Weishaar has f

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