Flush Setting with Sean Sims

18 Sep 2024 - 19 Sep 2024 · 9.30am – 4.30pm
£489 (8 places), Bookings close 4 September 2024
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London EC1M 5AD
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Bring a new layer to your skill set with the addition of Flush setting technique, also known as Gipsy setting, during this two day short course with professional setter Sean Sims. This minimalist, yet sought-after style, unveils the stone’s natural allure with the stone nestled just under the metal surface, minimising wear and tear and preserving the stone’s beauty over time.

Under the guidance of Sean Sims, a highly experienced setter for the trade, you’ll learn various techniques for both brilliant and princess cut, ensuring durability while considering the type of stone used.

Incorporating flush setting into your practice not only broadens your technical skills, but also improves your ability to meet diverse client needs. Embracing this modern style can elevate your craftmanship, positioning you as a versatile and contemporary metalworker in the industry.

Enrol onto this new setting course and unlock a new level of craftsmanship.


  • Effective practice preparation: learn about the relationship between the type of stones and material surfaces to determine the best approach for optimal results.
  • Hand piece and setting tools control: Master the techniques and process of drilling preparation and metal manipulation to securely hold stones while maintaining cleanliness.
  • Tool preparation and maintenance: Understand the significance of customisation and learn how to maintain your tools to ensure effectiveness, an essential setting skill.
  • Hands on experience: Gain practical experience observing live demonstrations, using the tools and receive practical guidance under expert supervision.
  • Setting various stone cut: Acquire the skills in flush setting for up to two different stone cuts (brilliant and princess) and learn how to achieve the desired effect for each.
  • Tips and tricks of the trade: gain insight into sourcing equipment and valuable tricks from an established setter in the trade.

Our small class size offers the chance to explore this modern technique with a leading contemporary master offering both group guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor. Deepen your understanding and expertise in the specialist skill of traditional hand setting.

  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.
  • One pairs of accurate dividers.
  • One scriber.
  • Two pushers or if you prefer to make your own bring two old needle files.


  • You can bring your own setting tools (Flat scorper and spit stick).
  • Spectacles or head visor (if required) to work on small details.

What will I be provided with?

  • Stones in size and quantity required.
  • Silver rings in appropriate size, shape and thickness to set two different stone cut.
  • All setting equipment required for the course.

Intermediate: Some practical experience and understanding of the listed skill required.

In order to benefit most from this course, participants should have experience of being in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks such as drilling, and filling. This course is suitable for someone who has good control of the pendant motor and a good grasp of setting tools.

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:

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

Who is the tutor?

Sean Simms is a professional setter based in the London Jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. After an apprenticeship and with over 30 years’ experience working as part of the trade, Sean has had the opportunity to work on one off, bespoke commissions as well as commercial pieces. Passionate about our trade, he is now ready to share his skills and experience as a new tutor with the Goldsmiths’ Centre.