Bead Setting

Bead setting is a method of securing a faceted stone. A small burr of metal is raised with a graver, worked at a 30 degree angle, and pushed to the edge of the stone. This burr is then burnished with a concave tipped punch into a small ball over the girdle of the stone.

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Vintage Style Engagement Ring with Bead Set Diamond.
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.