One of the ladies on the Ice Drop Addicts page on Facebook mentioned that she tats the decorative round before tatting the round that encases the glass gem. I encase the glass gem and then tat the decorative round.
This time, I decided to try Nancy's way. I felt that it took me longer to finish the Ice Drop this way, but that's probably because I've developed a rhythm for completing the Ice Drops my way. One thing I did notice is that although this glass gem is slightly larger than some of the others, it fit very nicely. I think that's because the chain that surrounds the gem does not fit as snugly.
In any case, I really like the way this turned out. Did you notice the pink in the beads? Who says pink and orange don't go together? Not I!