Non-traditional stone-setting for jewellers with Penny Davis

Ref: SLW09375


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About this course

Learn how to add stones to your jewellery using contemporary stone-setting techniques, including flush, channel and tension setting. Develop an understanding of the practical considerations when incorporating stones and make some basic tools.

Course Description

Add stones to your jewellery using contemporary stone setting techniques including 'flush setting', 'bar/channel setting' and 'tension setting'. Ideal for students who are confident in basic jewellery skills, such as soldering, cutting filing and finishing and want to take their designs to the next level.

The aim of the course will be to give you an idea of how to set faceted stones into your jewellery to create that contemporary look, by developing an understanding of some practical considerations of stone setting, as well as extending your setting skills.

You will also learn how to make a few basic tools, including setting up burnishers and setting tools. Use of the micro motor drills and burrs will also be covered. 


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Basic stones supplied by the tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Collect some stones you may wish to set (we will mainly be working with small faceted stones up to 3mm).
  • Bring along any jewellery you have made that you may wish to set stones into.
  • All the techniques require practice, so it is recommended that students bring their own stones
  • Any setting tools i.e. pushers, gravers, etc.
  • Stones (recommended practice stones are cubic zirconia ranging from 1mm to 3mm in size) but other gemstones can be brought along too.
  • Silver (or copper sheet) 2mm (for making up rings or other items of jewellery)
  • Silver (or copper wire) 2.5mm (as above)
  • Silver rings - Flat, halo, court, 3mm wide or more. (These are a good solution if you wish to practise setting stones into a ready made ring. The minimum thickness of the ring should be about 1.8m to 2mm.)
  • Jewellery hand tools (hammer, pliers, saws, files, scriber, needle files etc.)
  • Enclosed toe footwear

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Flat gravers, and spit sticks
  • Mushroom handles
  • Silver sheet
  • Silver wire
  • Steel rod
  • Basic jewellery tools
  • Please bring any of the above, if you have them.

Please note: Recommended bullion suppliers: Argex Ltd, Metalor Ltd, Exchange Findings Ltd, Bloomsteins, Cookson Precious Metals Ltd., Metalor Ltd. Note: Some bullion suppliers have minimum order levels (e.g. £25). Ask for your requirements to be checked against this before placing an order.

"The access to an expert tutor was invaluable and extra evening hours in the workshops to practice what I'd learned during the day gave me the time and space to cement my learning. The course that I took was niche (stone setting) but that was just what I needed to grow my skills. Class size was perfect - not too big or small and the facilities were excellent."

Becca, 2019


Penny Davis

Penny initially trained in Sheffield in Jewellery and Silversmithing, then studied enamelling at the Sir John Cass in London. She has been teaching for 20 years at universities, colleges and schools. Her work can be found at Studio Fusion Gallery, London, of which she is also a director.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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