Cabochons

cabochon

Cabochons – they need to be more than just pretty

A cabochon is a flat stone which will be set in a bezel.  Setting a cabochon stone is one of the first stone setting techniques I learned.  Of course I had purchased many beautiful stones over the years – before I knew how to set them – and of course some of those stones while beautiful were not cut perfectly.  I think I know enough now that I can still set them although it will be more difficult; but now I have learned some things to look for BEFORE buying that beautiful stone.

It goes without saying that knowing the stone cutter and their reputation before hand is a good thing, but if not here are some things to look for

  1. It will be easier to set a stone if it has a perfectly flat back.
  2. Look at the sides of the cabochon.  They should angle up towards the top meaning the bottom is the widest.
  3. Check the stone at eye level.  The angle should be the same all the way around otherwise you have to get creative with the setting.
  4. Check the top of the stone.  Flaws are okay if you like them.
  5. And really good stones have a 45 degree angle at the bottom which will help it the setting is really tight.

I have started to make some glass cabochons and I love them.  It makes my jewelry pieces unique.  My cabochons are created in the flame and are pretty good right away.  But I do have a set up where I can grind the piece and make some angles if necessary.  I haven’t gotten into faceting the glass cabs yet but I would imagine that would really be cool.

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First comes the cabochon – then comes the jewelry………………..

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