Creating a Multi-Stone Necklace

Course Description

About this course

In this three day workshop, students will explore the traditional techniques of fabricating basket settings and assembling them together to make a multi-stone necklace. Students will learn to create round basket settings, as well as learn how to fabricate basket settings for oval and pear shaped stones. In addition, we will cover how to attach chain to the pendant and make a few simple bails. Students will be taught proper hand positioning and bur control, how to cut the perfect seat, a variety of ways to shape the prong, and how to properly polish and finish the piece.  


Meet the Instructor

Victoria Young


Victoria Young is currently a bench jeweler and stone setter for a high-end jewelry store in Upstate New York. She received her BFA in 2014 with a concentration Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Victoria then went on to study at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, Tennessee where she received her Graduate Bench Jeweler Degree. In her own studio, Victoria is working to produce her own line, as well as creates unique custom work for private commissions. Victoria is fascinated by the traditional metalsmithing techniques of ancient civilizations and traditional goldsmithing. The intense process of chain making, filigree and stone setting which feed s her passion for elaborate and methodical designs. It is a labor of love and a infatuation for challenging the material and herself, to push boundaries in order to fabricate the large and complex pieces that she envisions.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $125 materials kit for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes several sizes of  faceted stones, sterling silver round wire, sterling silver chain, brass castings to practice applicable techniques as well as various tools including files, mandrels, burs, and other flexshaft attachments needed to complete the projects. 

Students should bring 
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Fine Pointed Tweeters
  • Digital Millimeter gauge
  • Fine Sharpie Marker
  • Opti-visors
  • Safety glasses and Dust Mask
  • A small variety of CZs will be provided, but students are welcome to bring any Round (5mm +), Oval or Pear shaped stones that they want to set

If you attended Victoria's workshop on Basket Settings, please feel free to bring any hand tools used in that workshop, as they will be needed in this one as well. There will be some available for shared use in class including the following OPTIONAL items:

  • A Round Taper Mandrel 2mm To 12mm (Otto Frei #143.069)
  • Glardon-Vallorbe Joint Round Edge Precision Files - LP1170/LP1171 0.6mm (Otto Frei # LP1170/LP1171-4-2-    0.6)
  • Glardon-Vallorbe Joint Round Edge Precision Files - LP1170/LP1171 0.8mm (Otto Frei LP1170/LP1171-4-2-0.8 )
  • Glardon-Vallorbe Joint Round Edge Precision Files - LP1170/LP1171 1.0mm (Otto Frei # LP1170/LP1171-4-2-1.0 )
  • D.U. MATT Template Gauge for Marquee, Pear and Oval Settings (Rio Grande #700434 )
  • D.U. MATT Template Gauge for Round Settings (Rio Grande #700433 )



Materials Cost



Victoria Young


April 12 -14, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
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