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Bezel Set Stones for North Shore Jewelry

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Course Overview

This course will provide a starting point for those interested in improving their metalsmithing skills to allow the fabrication of simple rings and pendants out of silver or gold. These skills facilitate the incorporation of securely held stones into this jewelry, opening the door to a vast array of designs that can be attempted by the student following completion of this course.

Students will learn design fundamentals (why bezel v. prong settings, metals and mixed metals, etc.), anatomy of stones used in jewelry (cabochon/faceted/fantasy cuts, etc.), basic soldering skills and techniques, construction of a simple bezel setting practice piece, followed by hammer setting of an instructor-provided cabochon, design and construction of a final piece (ring or pendant), setting of stone, and finishing the piece. It is possible there will be time to craft another creation to improve the skills being learned while under supervision. Students age 16+ may sign up for this course.

Good eyesight (corrected) is a must, as we are working on a small scale. 

All needed tools, torches, and Sterling Silver to create a bezel set ring will be provided in class. There will be materials available for purchase should any student wishes to proceed with another project. The instructor will provide a selection of attractive cabochon cut stones for the project piece.

Required Tools

  • Safety glasses
  • Apron

Optional Tools

  • Bring your favorite stones in order to discuss how they might be approached in jewelry creation. If time permits after completion of the class project, further work can be carried out in pursuit of individual projects with supervision.


Fri, Aug 16th, 2024  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: Days 1-2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-3pm
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $80.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Keith Berge
Keith Berge
Rochester, MN

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Bezel Set Stones for North Shore Jewelry