Oops – A Ring That Didn’t Turn Out as Planned

by Dianne Culbertson-Jacques.

I have been setting stones for a little bit and I ordered this amethyst cab and decided to make a ring. Well, not everything works.

Amethyst Cabochon Ring by Dianne Culbertson-Jacques  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

This was the first time working with a stone of this shape and did not realize how pointy that one tip is. Everything went really well until time to set the stone.

Amethyst Cabochon Ring by Dianne Culbertson-Jacques  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I tried pushing out and away from the point but just could not get it to lay flat. since I made it with fine silver, I guess I will be keeping this one…such a shame 🙂

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  • Dianne, thank you for being comfortable with sharing a project that didn’t work out as expected, so that everyone can learn from your experience. I still think this is a very striking and beautiful ring, and most people would never perceive that part of the ring as a flaw. I’m glad you get to keep and wear this dramatic ring yourself – I’m sure you get a lot of compliments and conversation when you wear it!

  • Janet says:

    There is nothing wrong with that ring! It is beautiful! I do not see a flaw.

  • What is that lovely stone?

    The difficulty may have been caused by a bezel not perfectly fitted to your stone at the beginning. I’ve had the same problem. You can carefully file down the “bad” end with a soft file, but not too much. Just enough to reduce the metal at the point. Then use your bezel pusher again. Next time file down the sharp point so there is less bezel at that point and then carefully push the bezel starting at opposite points each time, not on the same side at the same time. Hope this is clear. Tim McCreight’s books explain this well. Nice round or oval settings are easier but a unique or asymmetrical shape makes an interesting and eye-catching setting. I actually prefer them.

  • Colleen says:

    Love the color and style. Flaw, nope! What happens if you pinch it a bit. Personally, I would leave it alone and wear it proudly. I think sometimes (me especially) we are to critical of our work. Let a friend look at it and see what they say. I have even left a piece for a couple days to a week, went back and looked at it and said, geez that’s not bad!

  • David says:

    Perhaps you could glue/epoxy a small accent stone on that end. It could end up as an even more attractive design.

  • Dee Stillman says:

    If you feel compelled to close the pointed end, try snipping a vee cut into it with sharp snips, such as the Lexi bezel cutter.
    When you remove the excess bezel metal you can then press it into place and neaten the setting.

  • Tina says:

    What I do on pointed ends is take a triangle file and file a V on the end, then the sides will fit perfectly. It’s fine though I wouldn’t worry about it. But if it bugs you pop out the stone and try that trick. Take care!

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