Improver level

Byzantine Ring Course

excl materials
Course type Term
Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer
Nerissa Parker, Class tutor

Course start dates

Tue 19 Sep 2023
7.00pm - 9.00pm
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Tue 26 Sep 2023
10.00am - 12.30pm
Start date passed

Course Overview

On this Byzantine ring course you will learn how to design and make a Byzantine style ring with stone settings and elements of granulation and decorative wire work. The project will guide you through the whole process from design through to fabrication.

With direction from the project brief you will start by drawing out your design, from there you will source your materials to suit your taste, design and budget.

Next we will take your designs into the workshop and break them down into their individual components to begin the step by step process of fabrication with full direction from the tutor.

It is a great opportunity for shared learning as all students are working on the same project. On completion students will have strengthened confidence in their ability to design, work to a budget, solder and set stones with a higher proficiency in their technical ability.

What is a Byzantine style ring?

The Byzantine style ring is extremely popular in contemporary jewellery design with elements often borrowed from and modernised. It’s called a Byzantine style ring. However, it has more in common with traditional Etruscan wedding rings.

What will I learn?

  • How to solder, pierce & measure
  • Design skills
  • How to work to a budget
  • How to source stock
  • Polishing and finishing
  • How to set a stone
  • Granulation process
  • How to make decorative wire work

Student Ability Level

This Improver course develops your silver jewellery making skills further after completing one of our beginner terms. This course is also a good option if you have attended courses elsewhere and have a good foundation in silver jewellery making. You will need to know how to saw, anneal and solder confidently. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your skill level.

Student Age Requirements

All students attending classes or workshops at Kingham Jewellery School must be 18 or over, unless otherwise stated in the course information.

The minimum age for students attending group bookings is school year 11, 15-16 years of age provided they are accompanied by fee paying adults. We do not offer group bookings solely for under 18’s.

Course Materials

Sundries such as solder and saw blades are included in the course fees. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school or feel free to bring your

Workshop Safety

As a student you are responsible for your own safety in the workshop. The most important things to remember are;

  • Please listen to directions from your tutor to ensure you know how to use all the equipment safely and correctly.
  • Do not operate equipment you do not know how to use.
  • Covered footwear is required and absolutely no high heels.
  • Tie back long hair when using motorised equipment.
  • Please respect others and don’t interrupt students who are soldering, using the drill or any other equipment that could create a safety concern if the operator is distracted.
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • Please leave all unnecessary personal items at home.

You will need to bring

  • Your own apron, to protect your clothes.
  • Packed lunches are recommended if your class runs for a full day.

Please do not attend the workshop if

  • You feel unwell.

A more comprehensive guide to workshop safety can be found in our Workshop Guidelines pdf.

Course Start Dates

Tue 19 Sep 2023
7.00pm – 9.00pm
10 weekly classes
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Tue 26 Sep 2023
10.00am – 12.30pm
8 weekly classes
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