Rivoli is a round stone. “Bead Bezel Square Rivoli” is a technique on how to bead bezel a round rivoli to create a square shape.
This technique is adapted from Sidonia’s (my new hero) tutorial (see video at bottom of article).
Some of the main materials used in the making of these bead bezel square rivoli.
We start by create the straight sides (of resultant square). As per pic below, here we created 3 units (per side). Each unit has 2 beads per column, and 1 bead respectively for the top and bottom of the unit. (If you know your RAW, you should be able to see the RAW pattern.)
Note that each side is shorter than the diameter of the rivoli. That is because the corners will be created with a larger bead later on. (The pic shows that I will be using a 4mm Swarovski rose montee in lieu of a 4mm bicone bead.)
To create the “corner”, we use a larger bead. In this case, I have used a 4mm Swarovski rose montee. You can see that the montee takes the place of a non-column seedbead so that the RAW weave is still intact.
Carry on till you finish this row and form the square shape. So far, we have created the top part of the beaded bezel. (The row with the montee is the middle row).
Now is a prudent time to check on sizing. Place your work thus far over the rivoli to ensure it covers and fits. It can be a bit loose. That is ok. (The rivoli here is a 12mm Swarovski rivoli in Silver Patina).
Remove the rivoli stone. Duplicate the RAW stitches to form the bottom part for the bead bezel square rivoli. (When you can see the standard RAW weave pattern, this should be an easy row.)
When you are almost complete with this back row, place the rivoli stone in. Then finish the row and thread to the front. The whole thing is still a bit loose, but that is ok.
After the stone is in, complete the row.
Thread to front and use smaller beads (here I used 15/0 clear AB seed beads) to do a final row of peyote stitch and tighten in the process.
You can see 2 separate examples in the photo above. It is not just a matter of different colour placements. You can see that the left beaded rivoli has a round frame opening while the right, has a square frame opening. The right round opening is creating by doing the last peyote stitch without ignoring any bead from the previous row. The left square opening is creating by ignoring the corner bead while doing the final row of (small bead) peyote stitch.
These particular components were used in Labradorite and Friends necklace.
Sidonia’s Tutorial on How to bezel a round rivoli and make it look like a square