Rub-over Setting with Air Tools

05 Jun 2024 · 9:30AM - 4:30PM
£289 (6 places)
The Goldsmiths' Centre, London EC1M 5AD
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Discover the process of creating the perfect halo effect using air tools for rub-over set stones in this one-day short course with practising goldsmith, setter, engraver, and enameller Harry Forster-Stringer. You will explore the world of innovative fine jewellery as you set various stone shapes, from classic rounds to elegant princess cuts, using air tools and microscopes. Elevate your craftsmanship and learn to craft one of the most sought-after setting styles in contemporary jewellery design.

Rub-over setting is an intricate skill and requires finesse – it is about achieving the delicate balance between stone security, optimal metal usage, and a flawless, luminous finish. Our latest short course is tailored to enhance your micro-setting skills using air tools with confidence and precision, offering the perfect complement to our previous air tool setting course.


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


  • Effective bench setup: Learn how to set up your bench for optimal productivity while grasping the importance of maintaining an organised and ergonomic workspace.
  • Microscope and tool proficiency: Gain insights into the world of precision work by learning how to use a microscope and control air tools for impeccable finish.
  • Tool preparation and maintenance expertise: Acquire the essential skills to prepare and sharpen tools, including carbide gravers for bright cut settings. Understand the significant role custom tools play in stone setting and their maintenance in achieving precise results.
  • Hands-on practical training: Gain practical experience through observing live demonstrations, hands-on tool usage, and personalised guidance under expert supervision.
  • Versatile stone setting: Develop your setting techniques and processes using air tools for up to six different stone shapes. Gain the skills competency to achieve the desired halo effect tailored to each unique stone shape.
  • Tips and tricks of the trade: Receive invaluable insights into the industry, including expert tips on sourcing essential equipment and insider tricks from a well-established professional in the trade.

Our small class size offers you the chance to get a group as well as 1:1 guidance from your tutor. Experience the modern technique of setting with air tools first hand and benefit from personalised attention from a prominent contemporary master.

Please bring with you:

  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.
  • Two pairs of accurate dividers.
  • One scriber.


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

You will be provided with: 

  • Stones in size and quantity required.
  • A silver setting wheel to set up to six different stone shape.
  • All GRS equipment required for the course.

Advanced: A practicing craftsperson looking to further their existing setting skill.

This course serves as the perfect follow-up to Setting with Air Tools and is ideal for those with proficiency in operating a pendant motor and a solid understanding of cutting with scorpers.

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?

Harry Forster-Stringer is an award-winning professional Goldsmith, Engraver and Enameller based in Nottingham with over 40 years of trade experience. Starting as a mounter in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, he made the jump to setting 30 years ago. He now covers a variety of techniques such as Stone-setting, Micro-setting and Hand Engraving, as well as enamelling skills acquired under the tutelage of recently passed away respected Master Engraver and Enameller, Phil Barnes. He is a highly experienced tutor at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and successful consultant in the jewellery industry.