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Stone Setting: Open Bezels, Free Form Prongs, and Thick Bezels

Thursdays, February 24, 2022 - March 17, 2022, 2:00PM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Cost: $325.00

Online Class

Cost: $295.00

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This suite of three alternative stone setting techniques offers new, fun ways to highlight your stones. Create open, two-sided bezels that wrap around the edge of your stone or faceted gem, make prongs that can wrap your rough top stones, and create impressive, thick bezels that will hold your stones for a lifetime.

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

The first project in this class teaches you how to bezel set unusual stones, faceted gems, and found objects, like tumbled pottery or beach glass, and river rocks. Make two-sided bezels for these that are set around the girdle of your stone, showing off both sides. Use these to create earrings or pendants.

The next project, free form prong setting, captures and sets rough stones, brass stampings and beads that don’t have holes or built in attachments. These adaptable prong settings make great earrings, rings or pendants.

Finally, we’ll make a thick gauge bezel setting. These bezels made from 18-24 gauge sheet, are set with a punch. They have a totally different look from thin gauge rub-over bezels, and are very durable. You can also make variations on this technique, like making a tab setting.  


Techniques taught:
• Choosing stones and pieces to set for each style of setting
• Making a two-sided bezel settings
• Fabricating free form custom prong settings
• Creating thick gauge bezels
• Set cabochons with a tab setting


A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.

Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.

A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.

Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.



About Our Interactive Online Classes

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).


Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.


Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)


A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.


In addition to these tools, you’ll need the basic jewelry tools from Jewelry 1 - Basics (online).

Prong pusher
Metric ruler
2 part clear epoxy (5 minute work time)
Chasing hammer
Chain nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Rotating Bench Vise (2-4” jaws, clamp-on or screw-mount)
Sterling solder (hard, medium and easy)
Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper - 320 and 600-grit
Leather scrap or similar to cushion settings
A computer, tablet or smartphone to login into the Zoom class

Students will also need their tools from the Jewelry 1 - Basics class

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Previous experience with jewelry fabrication (sawing, filing, using power tools), like successful completion of Jewelry 1 - Basics (online or in-person).

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Thu. Feb 24, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 3, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 10, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 17, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Online Class

Stone Setting: Open Bezels, Free Form Prongs, and Thick Bezels

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