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    Default Stone setting course

    Hi all,

    Does anyone on here run or could you reccommend a good stone setting course or tutor for a complete beginner? Have googled them but there are so many I don't know where to start!

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Tanya

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    I think it probably depends upon what stone setting you want to do...? There's quite a wide range of areas covered!

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    Peter,
    I was hoping to find a basic one. I've just started to bezel set cabs in my evening class but was looking for something that would take my knowledge a bit further. Sorry - I don't know the technical terms yet but I'd like to know how to flush set faceted stones and channel settings too. I'm sure this is beyond my current abilities though!
    Tanya

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    Suggesting tutors or courses really depend on where you are based Tanya. Holts Acadamy run setting courses if you are in London, see;
    http://www.holtsacademy.com/Short_Co..._courses.aspx?

    James

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    I'm doing one at John Cass at Easter, which I'm looking forward to. My son lives nearby, so I'm going to crash on his sofa.

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    Tanya, when you are considering a stone setting course, make sure that it covers the basics of bezel setting, tube setting and possibly some simple prong setting.

    Some years back, when I was younger and shyer, I called on a famous school in Hatton garden, mentioned by James, to enquire about an intermediate course. I made a point of saying I was not ready for channel and pavé setting and that I never used diamonds. The secretary assured me that would be O.K.
    I spent a large amount of cash up front, but when It came to my first lesson and I was asked what I expected to learn, I was told bluntly ‘You’re on the wrong course then’. Big boys don’t cry so I stuck it out for the week, alongside bench trained jewellers who seemed to cope.

    For me it was a complete waste of time, as I could barely see what the teacher wanted me to do, even with magnification. Dennis.

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    [QUOTE=Goldsmith;45867]Suggesting tutors or courses really depend on where you are based Tanya.

    Thanks James,
    I'm out in the wilds of East Anglia, so I doubt there's much locally to me. Luckily my sister lives just outside Birmingham so that is always a possibility, or for day/ short courses I could get to London.

    I will look into the one you have suggested.

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    Words of wisdom as ever, Dennis. I will be sure to bear that in mind.

    Carole - is the one you're doing in London?

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    Thanks Carole,
    Sadly much beyond my experience level at the moment. Please say how you get on with it as it may be helpful in the future.

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