Stone Setting

This course will benefit beginners and the experienced alike, as many different types of settings are covered all to be taken at each individual students pace. Students will use an electric pendant motor in addition to hand tools such as gravers and scorpers.

On our course many different types of settings are achieved. These include – different types of claw settings, channel set, rub over and star settings that may be carried through to pave.

Other settings may be achieved if students have any particular setting you wish to learn that has not been mentioned.

John Russel has been a professional stone setter for over 40 years. He has lectured at the University of Central England and continues to be a professional setter in demand in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Stone Setting Course

The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.


Day 1.

On the first day, you will:

Learn to star set

Learn to use the graver and scorper

Day 2.

During the following days, you will set a variety of different types of settings, including single stone, claw, triple claw, cluster and channel set.

You are then given the opportunity to focus on whichever you prefer.

You are also welcome to request any style of setting you desire that has not been mentioned.


Skills you will learn

How to set stones effectively

Techniques for a variety of different stone setting styles

How to use a graver and scorper

How to use a pendant motor to set stones

How to drill through metal correctly

How to sharpen gravers

How to prepare and size a graver

Jewellery you will create

You will take away a number of beautiful stone set sterling silver rings, all of which you will have set yourself in different styles of settings. Students typically set between 5 to 8 silver rings.

Materials costs

The only materials cost is for the sterling silver rings and cubic zirconia stones, which are available to purchase from John during the course.


Stone Setting Course
Stone Setting Course
Stone Setting Course