Rhodochrosite Pendant I like making this kind of pendant. I form wax around a stone. ( Matt purple wax with a cheapo soldering gun.)
Then I cast the wax form.
I finish it off and fit the stone.
Botswana Agate ( more pink than the photo) Then I fuse 14kt gold onto the surround and then I solder some setting claws at the back to hold the stone in. When I do the wax I used to make them in wax, but now I solder them. Easier to place, closer to the completion of the final pendant.