Channel Setting with Niall Paisley

16 Sep 2024 - 17 Sep 2024 · 9.30am – 4.30pm
£359 (8 places)
Specialist Workshop
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Learn how to channel set gemstones, a popular choice for engagement and weddings rings, with experienced diamond setter, Niall Paisley. Channel setting offers a contemporary and secure method of embedding stones closely together into a band. This results in a sleek, flush line that accentuates the shank while safeguarding stones from potential chipping.

Niall will give you lots of tips and tricks on how to fold over enough metal to secure and envelop stones to a professional level without breaking them during the process. You will learn how to keep your stones straight, level and lining up in a perfect row.

“Niall is extremely generous in his tuition and sharing of knowledge. I have learned so much and have a true understanding of how to channel set, with knowledge of any problems that may arise and how to firstly avoid them, but also how to fix them when they do. I enjoyed the course so much I couldn’t wait to get back to my bench and practice what I learned in my own setting.”

– Course participant

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor. You will receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of this setting technique.


Delivered in person at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, this course will help you with:


  • Contemporary aesthetic and durability: The channel setting creates a sleek and modern appearance, which is highly sought after, especially for special occasion jewellery like engagement and wedding rings. This technique not only looks appealing but also offers security by protecting stones from accidental chipping due to their closely nestled arrangement within the band.
  • Enhanced precision and quality: The course offers valuable insights into how to fold over enough metal to secure and envelop stones professionally. This is essential for ensuring that stones are set securely without the risk of breakage during the setting process. Acquiring this skill allows you to maintain the alignment and uniformity of the stones, resulting in a perfect row of gems.
  • Efficiency and cost-effectiveness: Understanding the tolerances between stone size and channel size is a skill that can optimise your production process. This knowledge prevents material wastage and ensures efficient use of resources, ultimately contributing to higher profitability.
  • Operational efficiency: Beyond the artistic aspect, the course empowers you to efficiently prepare and adjust equipment. Learning to sharpen tools and adapt equipment to your needs streamlines your workflow, allowing you to produce pieces more quickly and effectively.
  • Professional finishing techniques: We will not only focus on setting stones, but also emphasise the importance of finishing and preparing work for polishing to achieve commercial-grade finishes. This attention to detail in the final stages of your jewellery piece can significantly elevate the perceived value of your work and will speak to higher-end clients.
  • Preparing the setting using burrs and setting tools to cut the seat.
  • How to set princess stones in a full eternity ring style.
  • How to set brilliant cut stones in a half eternity ring style.
  • Step by step demonstration followed by a series of practical setting exercises to build. up confidence and understanding of the pave setting technique
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Basic tool kit.
  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g apron and closed toe shoes.


  • Spectacles or head visor (if required) to work on small details.
  • You can bring your own spritz stick, scorper and other setting tools.
  • Notebook and pen.

You will be provided with: 

  • Drill bits and burr as required.
  • CZ’s in required size and quantity.
  • Silver ring blank.
  • All tools including Spritz stick, scorper and pusher.
  • Files and other materials to make some tools.
  • Buff sticks.
  • Intermediate: Some practical experience and understanding of the listed skill required.
  • Advanced: Practicing craftsperson looking to further an existing skill.

To benefit most from this short course, participants should have experience of being in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks such as drilling, and filling, you should also have good control of the pendant motor and a good grasp of cutting with scorpers.

If you run a business and you would like to book multiple people from your team onto our training courses, please complete our online enquiry form at

Once you have selected the training course you would like to attend, you will be presented with dates and prices and your booking will be confirmed when payment has been received.

We believe that talent should not be held back. Here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, we are open, accessible and inclusive to all. Our Access Grants help anyone to build thriving creative careers, supporting jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practitioners to access our training courses for free.

If you need help to cover fees for our business and technical skills short courses, please apply for one of our Access Grants. To find out more and read our application criteria, click here.


The Access Grants are delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Who is the tutor?

Niall Paisley embarked on his jewellery career in 1989, where he undertook a 5-year apprenticeship with B&B Setting under his Master Eddy Brown. Following this, Niall spent the next 10 years setting stones as an outworker for various names and companies, including Cartier and Leo de Vroomen. In 2005 he opened his own shop in Greenwich, specialising in bespoke jewellery and also ran a gallery that supported 40 to 50 young jewellery designers from the UK. In between all of this, Niall has taught setting at Holts Academy (known today as the BAJ) and now teaches on the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Apprenticeship Scheme here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Niall is a fellow of the IPG and has also judged the setting section of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) competition.