Claw and Rub-Over Setting Technique with Niall Paisley

28 Jun 2023 - 29 Jun 2023 · 9.30AM - 4.30PM
£309 (8 places)
Specialist Workshop, The Goldsmiths' Centre, EC1M 5AD
Event type
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Stone setting is the art of securing gemstones to a piece of jewellery to make it come alive. Experienced diamond setter, Niall Paisley will show you how to seat your stones securely in your work, protecting them from dirt and damages while showing off their brilliance through two of the most elementary type of setting.

During this two-day short course, Niall will show you step-by-step how to correctly position different shape gemstones securely using two popular techniques: Claw and Rub-Over Setting.

Day 1: Rub-Over Setting

  • How to assess the correct size for the rub-over collet to fit a certain stone and size tolerance for the structure
  • Preparing the setting using appropriate tools
  • How to adjust the stone into the collet so it fits straight and level
  • How to set princess and oval cuts stones
  • How to work the metal over the stone to hold it securely
  • How to finish and prepare for polishing so the rub over looks professional

Day 2: Claw Setting

  • How to make your prong pushing tool
  • How to set stones in a double-gallery four claws setting
  • How to set stones in a 6 claws Rex collet setting
  • Problem solving

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

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Basic tool kit
  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.
  • If required and to work on small details, spectacles or head visor. For good reason this will not be provided in the course.
  • (Optional) You can bring your own spritz stick, scorper and other setting tools
  • (Optional) Spectacles or head visor (if required) to work on small details

You will be provided with:

  • Different size burr as required
  • CZ’s in required size and quantity
  • Silver setting blank and collets
  • All tools including Spritz stick, scorper and pusher
  • Files and other materials to make some tools
  • Buff sticks

Who is this course designed for?

Beginners: No practical experience or understanding of the listed skill required.

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

Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks. This course is suitable for someone who has control of the pendant motor and a good grasp of cutting with scorpers.

Can I receive financial support to access this course?

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 Niall opened his own shop in Greenwich, specialising in bespoke jewellery and also ran a gallery that supported 40-50 young jewellery designers from the UK. In between all of this, Niall has taught Setting at Holts Academy and now teaches on our 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 awards.