Bezel Setting a Princess Cut

Not for the faint of heart, patience and practice is key

In this class, we are going to take a look at bezel setting princess cut stones.  There are various ways to create this style of setting, including soldering on an inner bezel.  But my preferred way, and the way that I will show you here, simply involves cutting a seat for the stone with a ball bur.  With a little practice, it’s fast, clean and easy – and there’s no need for extra soldering operations.

In this class, you'll get to...

  • Understand how to form square bezels with perfect corners
  • Learn how to custom cut a seat for a stone using burs, including how to protect those fragile corners
  • Learn how to bezel set princess cut stones
  • Understand metal thickness
  • Learn how to make and modify your own setting tools
  • Learn how to finish princess cut bezel settings to a professional standard
  • Learn how to prepare and practice with a flat graver
  • Understand how to use a flat graver to clean up settings, and get those crisp professional looking corners
Bezel set square stones
Bezel setting a princess cut
Bezel setting a princess cut

Why we created this class: As a metalsmith, working with gemstones that have pesky corners can be tricky, they're the most fragile part of the stone and if care isn't taken they can be easily chipped during the setting process. Thankfully we've got a tonne of tips and tricks up our sleeve to relieve you of the pain that comes from breaking those corners, so you can get up and running setting princess cuts with confidence.

Bezel set square stones
Bezel set square stones
Bezel set square stones

Practice makes perfect, and there is no getting away from it, this one will take some practice. But the results are well worth it. Take it slowly, your first try will most likely take forever, but it’s better to take your time, and get it right. Speed will come with time.

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We want more than that though! You know what makes our hearts the happiest? When we see our students getting to grips with finding their own inspiration and developing their own unique styles. But I understand how hard it is to know where to start when it comes to getting inspired: creative block kicks in, and two hours later you’re just staring at a blank page.

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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

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Bezel setting square stones

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