We offer several stone setting workshops. These are all intermediate workshops, and you must have completed the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Making Short Course, the Silver Ring Workshop, the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop or completed a basic jewellery class with another school before signing up to any of these classes.
Setting is great fun and quite addictive. More advanced setting takes years to learn, but there are some styles of setting that you can master without years of study.
These workshops below will teach you some different styles of setting. There will be more setting classes coming soon.
Learn to create a made-to-measure sterling silver ring band and bezel set a cabochon stone in this stone setting course. We work with sterling silver in the workshop or for an additional fee you can make your ring from gold. You learn to make the entire piece, including the ring band, which will fit your finger perfectly, so you will be able to wear your ring home after the workshop.
Please note: this gemstone setting class is of an intermediate level, you must have completed theIntensive Beginners Jewellery Short Courseor jewellery training elsewhere and have some basic knowledge of soldering and sawing.
Stone Setting in Wax is very addictive. Once you have these skills, you'll be making pieces for everyone.
In this class, you'll learn several different types of setting and then put them into practice to create two rings in wax that will be then cast into silver.
The setting styles covered include:
how to flush set stones into wax, which will then be cast into place.
creating a bezel setting for a facetted gemstone to be cast in place.
building an organic setting to fit a raw uncut gemstone, a tumbled stone, a facetted gemstone or a crystal and then setting after the piece has been cast.
On the first half day you work with wax to carve your ring, create your settings or set your stones in wax. The wax rings are then taken to Melbourne to be cast in silver (included in the course cost) or gold or platinum (at an additional cost). We gather again for half a day one week later so you can clean and polish the ring and set any stones.
Many types of stones cannot be cast in the wax, as they can't take the heat of the casting process. So knowing how to set stones after the piece has been cast will give you more variety in terms of the types of gemstones you can use.