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I get lots of questions from people about settings and bezels. If your a hobbyist or just making a few crafts these terms can be confusing. When you see something listed as a bezel it is generally going to be a simple metal oval that you will place your cabochon or cameo in to secure it. Although they do add a decorative look to your item the main purpose is really to secure your cabochon. Bezels are really useful because they can be affixed (soldered, glued) to another object and then when your done creating your jewelry piece you can simply pop your cameo or cabochon in the bezel, bend the bezel tight around your cabochon and your done. Gluing is not required on a properly fit bezel. Bezels can be raw or plated brass or sterling. As I said before bezels most commonly come in ovals but you can get round and square ones as well. There are three common styles lace-edge, serrated-edge and plain or solid edge. I strongly recommend sticking with the lace or serrated edge if your a novice or are trying to assemble quickly. The solid edge takes some practice to tighten correctly.

    Settings are much more decorative by nature. They may have fancy scroll work, piercing or designs to highlight your stone or cameo. Settings are best thought of as the fancy gold picture frame that makes the painting look so good. Settings will often have rings on them for hanging as earrings or pendants or pins soldered on for brooches. When you are looking for settings or bezels you'll need to know the size you want. I don't sell many faceted stones so I am not going to talk about basket settings and the types of settings you see on your engagement ring. The sizing I am going to speak of is for flat backed cabochons, cameos and stones. The jewelry industry has some standard sizes 40x30mm, 30x22mm, 25x18mm, 18x13mm, 14x10mm, 12x10mm, 10x8mm, 8x6mm, 35mm round, 15mm round etc. there are others but these are some common ones. Note everything is in millimeters. You'll need to measure your cabochons if you don't know their size. You may view our settings either plated or raw brass by clicking on the online catlog button

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