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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. File the bezel down until it’s the right height. Or you can put something under the cabochon to raise it up. Things to use are small pieces of flat silver sheet, silver wire bent into a circle or whatever shape your bezel is. You can also use small pieces of plastic from things like the tops of margarine or butter tubs or pieces of aluminium foil. These are very thin so if you just need a small lift to the cabochon they are ideal. They also allow a silvery background for transparent stones. Sawdust can be used and should be packed tightly to ensure a good fit as it will settle over time and the stone may become loose. Sawdust shouldn’t be used for transparent stones though. UV resin also works.

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