How to set a Flat Cabochon into a Filigree Setting

Filigree Set by Carmi Cimicata

I have been making some unique jewelry sets with our vintage Japanese Porcelain cabochons (almost out of stock) and our filigree settings.


There are so many choices in this collection.  The rings are fabulous for showing off a special cabochon.


The issue you may discover is that these vintage components were not designed to fit directly into these setting.  The jewels normally set, have a pointed back, such as those we already selected to work with these items.


But I could not resist showing off these vintage items.

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The filigree is a perfect frame for these floral themed cabochons.


So many of the sizes we have in flat cabochons fit into the filigree so I made an effort to set them as though they also had a pointed back.

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That is when apoxie clay really comes in handy.  It is the ideal “glue” because it holds its shape and allows you to press something into it which will cure in place.


I used a little here on on Tropical Punch Flower Maker.  You can see that the flat setting now appears to be set on air.


Mix and match cabochons with some help from an epoxy two part clay.


Two Tier Japanese Porcelain Bead Necklace

Two Tier Japanese Porcelain Necklace by Carmi Cimicata

This necklace shows off the opulent look that can be achieved in minutes with our vintage Japanese porcelain beads.  (I hope there are still some left in stock by the time you read this post.)

Beadalon Wire

A beading board, Beadalon wire and a beautiful clasp is all you need.


Black and turquoise are the featured colour in both the 10mm and 12mm beads I used.



I stocked up with six bags of each size in case I need to make another necklace for a family member.  A matching bracelet would be wonderful too.

Bali Clasp

The sterling silver floral bali clasp made the two tiers balance perfectly.

We have several other posts about Japanese porcelain linked here.

Japanese Porcelain and Soutache


It is always exciting to see what designers can create with vintage items.  Nancy Donaldson was given some of the Japanese Porcelain beads we have on sale this month and as you can see she combined them beautifully with soutache cords.

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The floral embellishment is wonderful and the gold highlights add an extra level of embellishment.


The large cabochons are spectacular framed in color.


We only have a small collection of these left.  They can never be restocked.