Capturing Gems: Metalsmithing Techniques for Setting Stones

Summer 2022 Second Session
Evening and Weekend
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 24
4 Credits per quarter
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In this class students will gain knowledge of three different styles of stone setting techniques: bezel setting, tube setting, and flush setting. The students who don't have metalsmithing experience will also learn basic metalsmithing techniques such as forming, sawing, drilling, soldering, and polishing. Those with prior metalsmithing experience will have the opportunity to refine their metalsmithing techniques and focus heavily on stone setting. The finished projects will include adornment, small sculptural work, or both using the materials provided. Students may include found objects and recycled materials as well.

Presentations and short readings will provide students with a historical and contemporary context of the use of precious and semiprecious stones and other materials used in metalsmithing. We will also touch on the ethical and sustainability issues of working with gem stones and fine metals. Students will keep a visual research journal to guide their design process and to inform their choice of materials. Students will participate in a final critique at the end of the last class at which time students will share their work and give critiques to their peers.

Students will leave this course with a knowledge of the metals and stones that are typically used in the jewelry industry as well as a basic visual and technical vocabulary to confidently speak about their work and other work in the field of metalsmithing.

Students will receive kits with all the materials necessary to complete fine metals assignments, including but not limited to a variety of gem stones, sterling silver sheet, sterling silver wire, copper sheet, and copper wire. Students may purchase extra materials if desired.


Summer 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr Second Session (4): 40076

Academic details

Preparatory For

Visual Arts; Metalsmithing

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$170 total fee: $120 for kit with all the materials necessary to complete fine metals assignments plus a $50 required studio fee. 


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
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First Meeting

LAB 2 2214 - Fine Metal Studio


Date Revision
2022-05-04 Student fee increased to $170 (was $120)