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Technical Masterclass sets the diamond standard at the Goldsmiths' Centre

Almost one year after opening to the public, the Goldsmiths’ Centre launches its series of technical master classes for trade professionals, focusing on Optical Diamond Setting.

Alexandre Sidorov demonstrates optical diamond setting skills

The Alexandre Diamond Optical Setting and Engraving School of Antwerp joined with Suttons Tool on 19th March  2013 to demonstrate the precise results that can be achieved using an optical microscope and air-powered tools in a mixture of video presentations, live demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions, making full use of the Goldsmiths Centre’s modern space and  AV facilities.

The cutting-edge showcase, attended by seventy professionals from across the UK, was enhanced by a day of one-to-one sessions for jewellers the following day, giving them the opportunity to explore their own techniques and learn from the experts.

An audience watches the detail of optical diamond setting projected onto a screen

Expert stone-setter, Alexander Sidorov shared his extensive experience of using the microscope of his main working tool, in a unique combination of two specialised professions: microscopical engraving and stone setting. Compared to the classical setting process this highly innovative approach gives professionals the skills to achieve a high setting quality in a relative short period of time.

Sidorov is delighted at the success of the Technical Masterclass: “The vibrant, modern facilities of the Goldsmiths’ Centre provided the ideal environment for demonstrating a technique that will make a huge difference to the future of diamond-setting,” he commented “ The Centre’s role as an expert knowledge base for the jewellery, goldsmithing and allied trades – and a focus for new ideas and techniques makes it pivotal in bringing professionals together to learn, develop and excel, and a natural place to share new skills and ideas. I very much hope we will work together in the future.”

Alexandre Sidorov demonstrates the use of a powerful microscope

Goldsmiths' Centre Director, Peter Taylor, sees the Technical Master class as the first of many opportunities to give professionals access to the very latest techniques and technology: “We set up the Goldsmiths’ Centre as a place of expertise and opportunity” he explains “A major part of that remit is to bring members of the trade together to learn, share ideas and continue to develop. This event has been the perfect opportunity to bring the unique skills of a prestigious school to a wider trade audience, and we hope to continue working with the Alexandre School to provide more training opportunities in the future. We were also delighted that Suttons Tools, the UK distributor of the GRS equipment used, felt able to support the event and provide demonstrations to visitors.”

The Optical Diamond Setting Master class is the first of a series of technical events which will take place at key points in the industry calendar. 

Notes to Editors

About the Technical Masterclass series

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a knowledge base, learning centre and thought leader for anyone with an interest in goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied trades – and creative craftsmanship in general – at any level. Our emerging programme of Masterclasses, part-time and short courses is aimed at industry professionals that wish to broaden their knowledge and experience of traditional and contemporary techniques and processes.

About the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a charitable enterprise with a specific purpose: to advance, maintain and develop art, craft, design and artisan skills, including in particular but without limitation, those pertaining to goldsmithing.

Established in 2012 with funding from the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Centre is dedicated to developing and promoting excellence in jewellery, goldsmithing and allied trades by acting as a knowledge base for the industry and those interested in it; providing opportunities for craftspeople to learn, develop and excel and sharing the very best in creativity and craftsmanship with the wider community.

About the Alexandre Diamond Optical Setting and Engraving School of Antwerp

As a young company, Alexandre has already succeeded in acquiring a strong reputation in its sector. This is mainly due to the high quality setting of Alexander Sidorov. Thirty years of experience have led him to the development of a setting technique in which the microscope is used as a main working tool. The uniqueness of Alexander’s work methods is the result of a combination of two specialized professions: Microscopical engraving and stone setting. The outcome is a big innovation compared to the classical setting process. Alexandre offers this ‘know how’ in an Optical Stone Setting School. Its program results in a high setting quality in a relative short period of time.

About Suttons Tools

Thomas Sutton (Birmingham) Ltd – known in the industry as Sutton Tools – has traded from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter since 1884, when it was founded by Thomas Sutton at 166 Warstone Lane.  Today the company is managed by Maggie Nichols, the great-granddaughter of the founder.  We pride ourselves on giving our customers a personal service and our experienced staff are happy to offer advice on any aspect of jewellery tools, equipment and techniques to help our customers make the best choice.