Romancing the StonesI seem to be moving very slowly with this ring, don't I? There is, however, a bit of progress to report. Having soldered the ring shut, I was concerned that the fit be perfect before soldering the stone settings on to it. If a ring is a wee bit too small, it is safe to stretch it on a steel mandrel by hammering it with a rawhide mallet. If it is too big, however, there is nothing for it but to use the torch. That is not something I would risk with the tiny settings for these stones in place. So the unfinished project is on its way to the end user for a test fitting.
Meanwhile, Back at the Bench...
Settings Must Protect the Stones
In this photo, I am test fitting the aquamarine. It looks pretty good. I will view it under a very strong magnifying glass before I commit to it, however. The amount the silver rises above the edge of the stone is utterly critical. Too much would result in a messy setting and would cover too much of the stone. Not enough, and the stone would not be secure and could be lost. With a purchased stone, that would be very sad. With a stone that once belonged to Grandma, it would be tragic.
With this one (probably) ready, I went to work on an identical step bezel for the garnet. Both will require very close inspection before I can consider them usable.