Introduction to Stonesetting

July 16 - July 20, 2021

Introduction to Stonesetting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $120

Gemstones have captured the imagination and admiration of generations of people from kings and queens to young couples committing to a loving life together. In this class, participants will learn proper techniques, terminology and “tricks of the trade” in the most popular styles of setting gemstones including prongs, bezels, flush setting, burnishing and channel setting. Choosing the appropriate setting for particular gems will be discussed in detail. Settings will be done using cubic zirconia in a variety of mountings that are included in the material fee. If you have particular stones you want to use, please bring them. Additional mountings in sterling silver will also be available for purchase at a nominal cost if desired. This class is suitable for artisans with basic jewelry knowledge and seasoned professionals looking to build upon their stone setting skills.

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen is a jewelry designer and manufacturer from Lower Providence, PA. He has been a designer for 30 years during which time he has become a master diamond setter and known in the jewelry industry as Pave’ Paul. He has recently taught at Tyler School of Art and various universities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Currently Paul is working in his jewelry studio on historic jeweler’s row in Philadelphia exploring jewelry design as wearable sculptures and providing stonesetting services to the industry. He is the owner of Paul Nielsen Jewelry Designs and Pave’ Paul LLC.

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