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Bezeled cab ring

Nestle stone cabochons in delicate, stitched settings
My collection of small, pretty cabochons needed attention, so I created tiny settings using modified Ndebele herringbone, netting, and circular peyote. These settings can be perfectly fitted to any size ring. They are fun to make, and they work up so quickly, you may find yourself running out of fingers to wear them on!

beaded ring

  • 10 x 14mm cabochon (Rio Grande, 800-545-6500,
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 5g size 8/0, color A
    • 5g size 11/0, color B
    • 5g size 11/0, color C
    • 3g size 11/0, color D
    • 3g size 11/0, color G
    • 3g size 15/0, color E
    • 3g size 15/0, color F
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12–13
  • E6000 adhesive (optional)
When I ordered cabochons, each one was just a little different, even though they were all technically the same size. You may have to adjust the tension or bead count in your beaded bezel to accommodate your stone.


Editor's note: As you work, keep the tension tight so the beads curve into a dome shape instead of staying flat.

Side one

Figure 1
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1. On a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of Fireline, center three color A 8/0 seed beads. Sew back through the beads again and tie them into a ring using a surgeon’s knot (FIGURE 1, point a). Sew through the next bead (a–b).

2. Work in flat, circular Ndebele herringbone by picking up two As and sewing through the next bead (b–c). Repeat two more times. Step up through the first bead added in this step (c–d).

3. Pick up two As and sew through the next bead (d–e). Then work an increase by picking up a color B 11/0 seed bead and sewing through the next bead (e–f). Repeat two more times to complete the round (f–g).

4. Work a total of five rounds, referring to figure 1 for the color changes (g–h).

5. Work one more round, omitting the As (h–i). Reinforce the section of Bs and make a half-hitch knot where the working thread is exiting. Set the working thread aside.

6. Thread a needle on the tail and sew through one of the stacks of As. This tail will be used later to make the band. Set it aside.

Side two


1. Repeat steps 1–5 of side one, but use 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline and leave an 8-in. (20cm) tail.

2. Go through the outer round again and add one more row of Bs (FIGURE 2, a–b). Set the working thread aside.

3. Secure the 8-in. tail with half-hitch knots and trim.


Connect the sides

Line up the two sections of color B seed beads and pick up the working thread from side two. Connect the two sides by sewing back and forth between edge beads (FIGURE 3, a–b). Go through these beads again to reinforce the stitches. Secure the working thread and trim.

Beaded bezel

1. Pick up the working thread from side one, pick up two color E 15/0 seed beads, a color F 15/0 seed bead, and two Es. Sew through the next A (FIGURE 3, c–d). Skip an A and repeat as shown (d–e). Place the cabochon in the center of the ring and hold it in place (or glue it) as you work the next steps.

2. Pick up an E, an F, and an E. Sew through the next F on the previous round (e–f). Keep a fairly tight tension on your thread so the beads snug up around the cabochon, and repeat around the top of the ring. Exit through the first E added (f–g).

3. Pick up an F and sew through the next E on the previous round (g–h). Repeat around the previous row and exit through the first F added (h–i). Go through the beads in the last round again to tighten them against the cabochon. Secure the tail and trim.

Size the ring


1. On the tail from side one, pick up two color G 11/0 seed beads and sew through the A next to where the thread is exiting (FIGURE 4, a–b). Then sew through the A and the new G (b–c).

2. Pick up two Gs, sew back through the previous row of Gs, and sew through the new G (c–d).

3. Repeat step 2 until the band is long enough to make your ring the desired size. Sew through the As on side two, connecting the two sides. Secure the tails and trim

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