by Doreen, Manager, Product Management Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Bezelite settings take all the mystery and headache out of stone setting. Even a beginner can get great results in seconds! They are made for faceted stones and most cabochons.
These mountings are called back-sets because they have a convenient design that allows the stone to be placed in the setting, face down. The tabs on the back of the mounting are soft and are easily pressed down onto the stone. It's really just that simple!
They come in a wide variety of Gold-Filled and sterling silver styles and can be used for earrings, pendants, charms, and for beading.
The best part is you don't need a lot of special tools to set them. The tools to use are simple, generally a chain-nose pliers, maybe a pencil eraser as well. Cabochons or faceted stones can be used in these mountings.
A cabochon (aka cab) is a stone or glass that is cut with a flat back and a domed top. These are made in calibrated sizes (standard measurements to fit pre-made mountings) as well as freeform sizes for custom wire wrapping and fabrication.
A faceted stone is cut with an intricate window of patterns on top and bottom. This creates a flashy play of light and reflection that make it sparkle. Most faceted stones are the clear variety; however opaque stones are also lovely with facets. Just like cabochons, they are cut in calibrated sizes (standard measurements to fit pre-made mountings) as well as freeform sizes for custom wire wrapping and fabrication.
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