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An addition to my last post: sometimes you just hafta work with
windowed stones! The aquamarines I flashbacked to were ones a
customer wanted to have made into earrings because her father had
bought them in Brazil long ago, before he died. They weren't
calibrated so I made handmade bezels for the design we came up with.
I just cut out the back as much as I could and polished well. I
wasn't crazy about the way the stones looked, but the customer was
thrilled. Can't put a price on sentimental value!