This sterling silver component offers two bezel mountings with walls modeled from decorative gallery wire and is oxidized to highlight its details. The component accommodates one 8 x 6mm oval and one 7 x 5 pear-shaped cabochon; it is ideal as an earring drop, a pendant, or as one element in more complex necklace designs. Use traditional bezel-setting techniques to secure the cabochon in the mounting. Place your stone in the bezel and push the walls inward over the stone, holding it in place. For added security, if desired, place a drop or two of jeweler's epoxy in the cup before placing the stone.
• IMPORTANT: Sterling silver is an alloy containing metals that react with chemicals found in air and produce tarnish; high moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water increase this reaction. Take steps to protect your sterling findings by keeping them in airtight packages, use tarnish-resistant products (such as tarnish tabs or strips) that absorb harmful chemicals, and store sterling findings in a cool, dry place. Most tarnish is easily removed by polishing with a mild abrasive or soaking in an anti-tarnish solution.