Think style, individuality and femininity and you have cabochons. In the jewellery world cabochons are stones or feature pieces that have been shaped or cut with a polished rounded dome face and a flat unpolished base. Once a symbol of prestige and class, the Cabochon has endured throughout the centuries and remains a rich and captivating jewellery piece.
Cabochons come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While the most populous shape is an oval, other popular shapes include; circular, square, rectangular and teardrop.
One of the most common sizes for an oval cabochon is 30x40mm, other popular sizes include; 25x18mm or round 30 or 35mm.
What are Cabochons made of?
Popular cabochon gemstones include; opal, turquoise, moonstone, cat’s eye and sapphire and ruby. Fast forward a few centuries and you can now find cabochons in a variety of mediums including resin, glass and clay.
Cabochons were also set within a setting known as a bezel, this can be made from just about any medium, including; glass, wood, metal, paper, clay and plastic. Today Cabochons continue to enjoy popularity amongst women of all ages, who appreciate something a little different or who are perhaps seeking a piece of versatile piece of jewellery that can take them from work, to a formal setting to a casual weekend with friends.
What is a Bezel?
The easiest explanation is to say that a bezel is a frame – it frames the cabochon. Bezels can be constructed out of any material but must be strong enough to be able to set a cabochon within and to protect an support it. Bezels often add the ‘bling’ factor to a piece. There are boundless variations and sizes available nowadays and they are an extremely popular jewellery making component amongst designers.