Wow. Learned a valuable lesson today.
I’ve been carving this ring a few minutes a day for about a week. I found the cute little piece of double cube pyrite last week and wanted to make a silver setting for it. It’s a size 12 so there’s lots of rock and metal.
So what do you think I did after a week of working on this? I crushed the rock. It was almost perfect, but the prong was just a little crooked. Squeeze a little bit more and POP!
Today’s lesson: The gem is the most important thing. You can melt down metal and start over, but you can’t melt down a gem and start over.