Bezel Setting an Oval Brilliant Cut

You've mastered tube setting (well done!), and now you feel like getting a little fancy...

So, what should you try your hand at next? We recommend learning how to make a simple bezel setting for an oval brilliant cut stone.  But of course, it’s never that simple.  As well as ensuring we are creating an elegant, professional looking setting, we’ll also take a look at setting the stone with both a hammer handpiece and a hammer and punch.

Here, we’ll guide you step by step through creating a bezel setting for an oval brilliant cut stone.  Bonus: the same techniques can be used for setting rose cut gems and cabochons too!  I’m not going to lie, this will take practice, sweat and tears, but I can promise you that it’s worth it.  If you want to get started on setting stones other than rounds, then this is the perfect project for you.  But you should be 100% confident with your tube setting skills before diving into this one.

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

  • Understand how to form oval bezels
  • Learn how to custom cut a seat for a stone using burs
  • Learn how to bezel set oval brilliant cut stones with a hammer and punch, and a hammer handpiece
  • Understand metal thickness
  • Learn how to make and modify your own setting tools
  • Learn how to finish bezel settings to a professional standard
  • Understand how to use a flat graver to clean up settings
  • Learn how to prepare a flat graver for use
Bezel set oval brilliant cuts
How to bezel set oval gemstones
How to bezel set oval gemstones

Why we created this class: Creating an oval bezel setting is pretty easy, however setting it does take a little practice. But don't worry as we'll guide you step by step through this stone setting technique, to get you making perfect oval bezel shaped settings for your metalsmithing projects in no time at all.

forming a bezel for an oval brilliant gemstone
bezel setting for oval brilliant cuts
bezel setting for oval brilliant cuts

Practice makes perfect, and I’m not going to lie, this will take some practice. But with our close up photography and videography, together with crystal clear explanations, we’re confident you’ll have the hang of it quickly.  But before taking this class, you’ll definitely want to take a look at our tube set ring class first and make sure you’re 100% confident in setting round stones first.

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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.

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