Improver level

Setting Small Gemstones Course

£225
excl materials
Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer
Nerissa Parker, Class tutor

Course Overview

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.

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 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 Start Dates

We update the schedule every 3 months, usually around half term once we have an idea of how many current students wish to continue into the following term. This helps us plan which courses we can run. If you don’t see any dates listed below it’s because there’s nothing in the schedule yet. The best way to find out when courses are updated is to subscribe to our newsletter.

Sorry, there are no dates scheduled for this course at the moment.

Course Materials

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.

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.

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