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PierreBear

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PS experts,

Can you please educate me on whether a bezeled halo look is better done via hand work or CAD? Attached is a picture but if there is someone else who can provide a real life example of this look, it would be appreciated.

When would you use hand forge versus CAD/mold etc... If inconsistencies both me then should hand work not be used?
Any recommendations on who can best achieve this look?

Thanks in advance!

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diamondseeker2006

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Mine was cast and hand finished by Caysie van Bebber's bench. I personally don't see how a bezel could be better than this, but certainly you may find a handforged one just as good.

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Resonance.Of.Life

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Here is my completely hand-forged halo in a bezel by Single Stone. The milgrain was impeccable and barely discernable, it was that delicate and not appear like blobs at all. I loved all the subtle details they put into the piece.

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diamondseeker2006

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Oh, great point! My milgrain is so tiny that it is hard to see in real life viewing. I like that it stands up to macro photography, though!

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dk168

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Mine are cast, the one for my EC diamond was made as a semi-mount in platinum and I had my EC diamond re-set in the UK by a local jeweller.

The Amethyst ring was made with my own stone in 14K WG.

Both made by eBay vendor diamondmounts.

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Another bezel with halo, a heart shaped Ruby, in platinum, cast I believe (I would not recommend the vendor):

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DK :))
 

cookiebuttermonster

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I am not an expert, but here's an EC in a hand-forged bezel by Vram.

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https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-new-vram-iris-solitaire.216262/

By its nature, I think hand-worked has a more organic look/feel vs cad/cast which has computer precision. Although from what I've seen, LM, VC, and SK have very precise styles. But if inconsistencies bother you, cad/cast might be an easier way to achieve the look you're going for. You might consider going to a vendor who does both cast and hand-forge (BE and CVB come to mind) and asking which method they would recommend.
 
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PierreBear

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Thanks for explaining the differences. Also side question, the milgrain that are so tiny to see in real life, does that get rubbed off or worn down overtime? I enjoy the look of it but wonder if it will require maintenance down the line. I appreciate the help!
 

diamondseeker2006

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Any kind of milgrain is subject to wear. I am careful and don't rub my rings on things, so mine really don't show any wear. But you can get milgrain touched up if you wish.
 
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