There is nothing wrong with the traditional type of wire wrapping cabochons (see link below). These need at least 3 lengths of wire to go around the gemstone and some creativity with the rest of the wire around the bail.

It's a good way to secure a cabochon but after you see one design, most look rather similar.  It's then really all about variations of the wire end flourishes. That's why I liked the prong set variety. It's so different and unfussy.

Sherrie Lingerfelt has a wonderful tutorial for a prong set flower pendant over at Wire- Sculpture. As you can see, there is very little wire showing in the front so it doesn't detract from the lovely focal. 

The wire work though has to be very strong at the back. She used both square wire and half round wire. It's easier to wrap with this combination than if you used round wire.

This gemstone focal has a center hole so she added crystals to it.

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