March 23, 2015 at 3:39 am #194126March 23, 2015 at 10:07 am #194135
That seems to be pretty common now. I’ve gotten some rubies and sapphires like that.March 24, 2015 at 2:30 am #194142
So makaturquoise, do you flatten the bottom or set them with some stabilization method?
(If I flatten it, I’m concerned about opal, which is soft and brittle…)March 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm #194358
If I might chime in, u dont modify the stone, u build a setting to show the stone to the max. If u like ur stone why modify a touchy stone to begin with. Im posting 2 pics of my opal in a setting built by my jeweler, 18kt gold , yellow, & very well finished. Opal is rare & if u have a nice one, show it!-b careful-steve…
Attachments:March 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm #194361
Yes, I agree the setting in the photo is best for your type of stone (rounded bottom) and also what I use most. If you don’t want that type of setting you can set it in a bezel with or without a backing, or one with a backing that has a hole in the center (of the back). If you set in a bezel with backing, set it in cornhusk, but don’t flatten the back under any circumstances, no matter the type of stone.March 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm #194363
Thanks for all the input. I agree, it doesn’t seem advisable to alter the back of this finished stone! I ordered this stone for a particular project, which needs a closed back. I contacted a different seller, and am actually ordering another stone (that definitely has a perfectly flat back) for my project – so that frees up this stone to be set with prongs…
I really appreciate the input.
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