Many jewellers use cabochon gemstone to design different jewellery. Cabochons are an easy option to showcase the beautiful colors in many gemstones. They are beautiful gemstones that are unknown to many. There might be several questions regarding what they are? How cabochons are used? What are the different types? and other components to make Cabochons. Let us go through some of the questions.
What is Cabochon?
Cabochon, also known as Cab is a gemstone that has been polished and shaped instead of faceted. Cabochons are described as one of the oldest cutting techniques for gemstones. The term Cabochon is derived from middle French word term “Caboche” which means knob or small dome. It consists of a flat bottom with a dome-shaped top that can sometimes be round or have a pyramid-like tip.
Cabochons in Australia are mostly found in an oval shape. They are not limited to a single shape or design. They are also found in the shape of round as well as a cushion.
It is said to believe that the Cabochon cut has French roots and was invented by Cardinal Mazarin. He owned a collection of diamonds, but he did not want to use standard types of cuts because some of the stone was lost. Eventually, 18 diamonds of this type of cut were handed over to the royal family of France. Another version states that during the 16th century, the Cabochon gemstones came from India to Europe, something that is quite evident in ancient Roman history.
Features of a Cabochon
- Cabochons usually have a dome-shaped top and a flat bottom, which has a smooth surface and allows the makers to adjust to the bezel setting.
- Generally, the opaque stones are made of cabochons.
- Includes inclusions and markings of stone.
- Polished and shaped by natural stones.
Due to the different sizes and costs of several gemstones, the Australian Cabochon stone jewellery is mostly made from natural semi-precious gemstones. The size of the appropriate cabochon can range from 8 mm to 15 mm, weight by several grams (5 to 20 carat). It will be either difficult to find precious stones in this size or the cost of the stone will be too expensive. L
Types of Cabochons
The cabochon stones are crafted in such a way where they have a smooth surface, the upper part is in the form of a dome or hemisphere and the lower part is flat. However, as technology grew, many designers began to make cabochons into other forms.
Shapes like circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and drop are usually used to design jewellery. Additionally, shapes similar to cross, heart, polygon, and pendants are also used. But in the end, the quality and standard of the stone matter the most. Any cabochon stone that can fold in thin places is cut in oval form.
Types of cabochons are:
- Low convex
A flat base and a low convex top.
Different concave base.
Has bulges on both sides, the upper part is more round than the lower one.
The top is convex, and the bottom flat.
Uses of Cabochons in Jewellery Making
Generally, Cabochons have a flat bottom which is usually glued to a flat backing metal. Flat backing metals can be made into various jeweller pieces such as ring, pendant, or others.
Cabochons are also set into a bezel setting by using a bezel rocker or pusher. Bezeled Cabochons are often made into a pendant in Australia.
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