Wire wrapping gemstone cabochons can be tricky, especially for beginners.  Why?  The gemstones are smooth and it is hard to wrap the wire work frame around them with only two hands available. That is why many of us use masking tape to secure the wire work to the gemstone temporarily. The problem is also the same for those who want to create macrame bezels.

The other option is to use grooved cabochons. The main wire length sits in the groove which makes working vastly easier. You could groove any cabochon yourself (see tutorial below). But it might be easier to just buy them!

The grooved labradorite gemstone shown above is from Pargems.   This French supplier has many gorgeous grooved cabochons.  Here are some of my favorites :

Grooved larimar cabochon :

Grooved Crazy Lace Agate Cabochon :

Grooved Red Jasper Cabochon :

Oregon Blue Mountain Jasper :

The beautiful grooved white lace agate cabochon shown here is available from CieloGemStones as is the dendritic agate which follows.

This lovely New Mexico thunder egg gemstone (the raw stone was made out of brown rhyolite, red, clear and grey agate and pale blue common opal)  grooved cabochon is from ProspectingArizona.

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