Setting Small Gemstones Course

excl materials


8 weekly classes


Setting small gemstones
  • Overview
  • Schedule
  • Materials
  • Ability
  • Safety

Course Overview

Setting Small Gemstones Course

Working with small stones can be challenging. On this course you will be working with pre formed and handmade tube to develop your skills to make setting for smaller stones simpler. This allows for designs which incorporate multiple small stones. This course will cover both rub over and claw type settings.

We will also look at how to use a Dremel or other flexi-shaft drills for preparing settings for stones and polishing.

Students will be encourage to explore their own design ideas and create something unique to them using different size and shaped stones.

Course Schedule

Setting Small Gemstones Course

This is a 20 hour course run over a term.

Daytime course

Our daytime courses run for 8 weeks with 2½ hour weekly classes with a mid way half term break.

Evening course

Our evening courses run for 10 weeks with 2 hour weekly classes with a mid way half term break. 

The next time this course starts is

Course Materials

Setting Small Gemstones Course

Course fees include solder and saw blades. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school.

We will be working with gemstones 6mm and smaller. Gemstone shapes include round, oval, square, baguette and triangular. You will be designing your own pieces to make on this course and part of that processes will be sourcing some of your own materials.

Course Ability Level

Setting Small Gemstones Course

This Improver course allows students to develop skills garnered on other Improver courses. This class is a great option if you have attended courses else where. You will need to know how to anneal and solder confidently. Contact us if you require a skill level assessment.

All students attending classes or workshops at Kingham Jewellery School must be 16 or over, unless otherwise stated in the course information.

Workshop Safety

As a student you are responsible for your own safety in the workshop. Please listen to directions to ensure you know how to use all the equipment correctly. To ensure your safety do not operate equipment you do not know how to use. Please ensure you have covered footwear and no high heels. You will need to 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.

Special arrangements for Covid-19

We have introduced a few new guidelines to make sure the workshop is clean and safe for everyone to use.

It is extremely important we all follow the guidelines set out here to minimise the risk to all of us and ensure the school can remain open.

Please do not attend the workshop if

  • You test positive for Covid-19.
  • You have been asked to isolate.

Please ensure the following

  • If you test positive for Covid-19 after attending a class please notify the school as soon as possible.
  • Hand washing or sanitising on arrival and throughout your class when necessary.
  • Please wear a face mask in line with current government guidance.
  • Keep all sanitiser sprays and pumps out of the way of naked flames.
  • Clean all shared equipment immediately after use.
  • At the end of your session clean all individual equipment, clean out your skin, (leather under bench ), of metal, blades and plastic and wipe down your chair.
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • Leave all unnecessary personal items at home.

You will need to bring

  • Your own mask.
  • Your own apron.
  • Your own eye protection for drilling and polishing.


Next Course Date

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Who is my class tutor?

Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer

Nerissa Parker

Nerissa is the primary tutor & owner of Kingham Jewellery School.

What will I learn?

  • How to set a stone
  • How to make tubes
  • Working with pre made tubes
  • Sawing with precision techniques
  • How to join multiple stone settings
  • About soldering with precision
  • Precise measuring techniques
  • Finishing & polishing techniques
  • Using a drill with a flexi-shaft
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Setting small gemstones

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Setting Small Gemstones Course

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Setting small gemstones

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Setting Small Gemstones Course

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One day and Taster classes usually run two or three times a year provided there are enough attendees. Currently there are no plans to run Beginner evening terms.