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Is there any way of lifting the depth and colour of a stone in a bezel?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them.
My stone seems to lose its depth and lustre when I put it in a bezel, can I improve the look?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them.
How can I raise up a cabochon if the bezel is too high?
There are several ways of fitting a cabochon into a bezel that's not the perfect height.
What is Cubic Zirconia?
A hard and relatively inexpensive synthetic stone, created in laboratories and often cut to resemble a diamond. It is available in a variety of colours and different shapes.
What is a CZ?
A hard and relatively inexpensive synthetic stone, created in laboratories and often cut to resemble a diamond. It is available in a variety of colours and different shapes.
Can I fire very large Cubic Zirconias or lab created stones in a kiln?
CZ’s and lab created stones should be fine fired in a kiln in PMC3. The creation process involves high heat and pressure so the stones have already been subjected to much more than you will be putting them through in the kiln. If the stone can be fired, it shouldn’t matter what size it is.    
What natural stones can I fire in place with metal clay?
Being able to push stones into metal clay and fire them in place is a real advantage. Not all natural stones can be fired in place though. Kevin Whitmore from Rio Grande has done extensive testing of stones with metal clay.
How do I add pearls to my metal clay creations?
Adding pearls, which can't be fired in place, is a simple process but requires certain rules to be followed. This posting from Pam East on the Yahoo! Metal Clay group outlines that process.