Students will learn how to create a basic bezel setting for a cabochon gemstone.
A bezel is a thin band of metal that surrounds a cabochon and is formed around the edges to hold the stone in place. This setting can sometimes be raised to enhance the design in pieces such as a ring or a pendant.
In this one-day class students learn how to create a box bezel for a cabochon gemstone. A box bezel is a technique used to connect a cabochon to a piece of metal using a thin band of fine silver that is formed around the gemstone to hold it in place. This setting can sometimes be raised to enhance the design in pieces such as a ring or a pendant. Students will leave class with a deeper understanding of basic metalsmithing practices and either a finished pendant or a sample.
Students are encouraged to bring in a round or oval cabochon gemstone and sterling silver to class for their finished sample/pendant. The instructor will have gemstones, silver and/or brass and copper available for purchase.