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 Post subject: Re: Just got the most disappointing stone from Multicolour
PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:36 am 
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None at all, Multicolour is my favorite and most trusted source, I only go elsewhere in the rare instance they don't have what I need, or if I'm looking for synthetics.


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 Post subject: Re: Just got the most disappointing stone from Multicolour
PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:09 am 
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Agreed--such a bad stone is certainly out of the norm for a company with an excellent rep like Multicolour, but it can happen to anyone. It's only a customer service issue when the vendor doesn't respond quickly and satisfactorily.

Side note on stuff that won't fit in the prongs--while this one certainly wasn't worth the effort to set it, try to get familiar with cutting/modding your own prongs. You'll be better off for it!

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Good tip :) I might even order some cheap silver settings that aren't pre-notched and give it a try. Do you recommend just using jewellery files?

In this particular case though, there was no room for modification, the prongs were really short, a setting that requires precision cut stones. I usually get settings that have more wiggle room, this was an exception because it's meant to be a family setting and it was the only one available for the right number of stones. Plus it's gold and I don't want to risk screwing it up.


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For modifying only, if you have some tiny needle files, you might get in there. If you want a level cut, your file has to fit between all the other prongs.

I generally use a foredom & burs for that stuff--setting/Hart burs for cutting prongs, and either those (from the top) or a cylindrical bur (from the side) for modding notches. Just be sure to get good, fine burs. You'll tear a hole in your prong with a coarse cylindrical bur, especially on yellow gold. You'll also want some practice on just touching the prong with an already-at-high-speed bur, to avoid it grabbing and skittering all over your piece.

Heck, you could combine this with any keeper stones, and use Steve's trick of setting them in a simple setting to make them insurable. Stick 'em in cheap silver settings!

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I actually have some ridiculously tiny jewelry files, it would just take a lot of time.


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