Brooch Bezel with Echoes of Monet

by Elizabeth Reid.
(Rockville, MD)

Brooch Bezel with Echoes of Monet by Elizabeth Reid  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I wanted to learn a new bezel setting technique, i.e., back-setting.

I looked through my stones appropriate for this process, and chose a Unakaite stone.

It reminded me of an impressionist spring water lily painting. Thus the name “Monet”. The stone is set from behind on sterling silver.

The cut opening is angled slightly for the stone to be set and then tabs are soldered onto the back to hold the stone. Although the opening is slightly beveled, I needed/wanted to be sure it was held in place and added the 3D lily pads on the front.

This is also a convertible brooch and pendant.

Elizabeth Reid
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  • Gorgeous piece, Elizabeth – it really does have the Monet water lily effect. Also, the bezel is lovely in both shape and craftsmanship.

  • Very interesting mounting. Could we have a photo of the back of the brooch. i’m trying to picture how you did the tabs and the pendant bail. Thanks.

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    This is beautiful and peaceful-looking, Elizabeth! Definitely reminiscent of Monet!

  • Rumy says:

    Gorgeous! And inspiring. May we see the back and profile, please?

  • Judith says:

    Just one word-Lovely!

  • Linda Barton says:

    Beautiful!

  • Elizabeth A Reid says:

    I will photo the back. Thanks for reminding me.

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