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.
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.
On the first day, you will:
Learn to star set
Learn to use the graver and scorper
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.
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
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.
The only materials cost is for the sterling silver rings and cubic zirconia stones, which are available to purchase from John during the course.