Basic Stone Setting

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Instructor(s)
Ron Finch
2017 Dates
05/08 – 05/12 • full
Skill
Basic
Cost
$ 945
Division
Jewelry & Stone Setting
Project
No project
Course Description
Begin setting stones with understandable techniques that increase quality, save time, and accelerate learning. Each student uses a stereo zoom microscope and GRS equipment to complete a versatile range of basic settings. The curriculum includes special stone setting processes that reduce the physical strain, mental stress, and fatigue that occur with other methods. This course is designed for people who have never set stones, as well as those who want a better foundation for basic stone setting.

Course Objectives
  • Correct setup of a workbench
  • Operation of common classroom tools
  • Tool sharpening, as well as sharpening theory and geometry
  • Tool shaping and bench grinder operation
  • Surface preparation for engraving or stone setting
  • Artwork layout and design principles
  • Design transfer techniques
  • Line cutting techniques
  • Proper use of workholding fixtures and devices
  • Business practices and pricing work (varies by instructor)
  • Layout techniques for round stones
  • Round stone fitting and seat preparation
  • Basic prong, flush, bead, and channel setting techniques using round stones
  • Prong setting for oval stones
  • How to utilize the microscope
  • Proper use of GRS workholders for stone setting
  • How to reduce and avoid work stress

Prerequisites
No prerequisites.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.