The topic of the week at Jewelry Studies International was heavy bezels. This was my first class with Vasken Tanielian, who is a Paris-trained master jeweler and CAD/CAM specialist. I aspire to someday incorporate beautiful high end stones into my work, so the idea of learning to construct bezels with precision appealed to me. Over the course of the week we learned mathematical approaches to both straight and tapered wall bezels in three stone shapes: round, oval and square. Only the straight wall bezels were finished in this class, while the tapered bezels are destined for rings in the shanks and bands class next week. I have decided to postpone that class until fall, as I'm falling quite behind on other commitments and I really have to catch up.
|finished heavy bezels in Argentium silver|
|bezel rejects, destined for recycling|
|tapered bezels, fused Argentium,|
for rings in a subsequent class
|Tapered square bezel layout|