Custom Prong Settings for Unique Stones

Course Description

About this course

This three day workshop involves an interesting concept - the juxtaposition of fine jewelry techniques with "alternative" materials of little or no monetary value such as found stones, pebbles, or other objects. In this case we are building and setting a classic solitaire mounting from wire and sheet, integrating a forged shank with a claw/prong setting and "underbezel". The integral underbezel serves as canvas for detail not visible when worn, known only to the wearer and maker. The stone to be set will be a pebble or rock found on a beach or other unassuming place. Students will fabricate one ring such as the type shown in the photo.

Concepts and techniques taught include integrating a setting, underbezel, and shank into one cohesive construction; fabricating a secure setting, the underbezel as a design element, forging, piercing, soldering, prefinishing, setting an irregular “cabochon” stone, and finishing techniques.

Meet the Instructor

Steven Parker

Steven Parker is a jeweler, having been trained in the techniques and disciplines of classic fine jewelry.    His study of watch and​ clockmaking led him to a quite enjoyable detour into the world of toy design and manufacture where he invented, prototyped, and manufactured various types of electro-mechanical toys and collectibles over the course of a decade before returning to the jewelry industry.  Steven currently works with industry and private clients designing, modeling, and manufacturing jewelry in a wide range of styles and materials.  Believing strongly in giving back, Steven also teaches as adjunct in the Jewelry Design Department at FIT in New York City.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $75 materials fee for this course made payable upon registration. Kit includes several gauges of sterling silver wire in variable profiles, sterling silver sheet, solder in easy medium, and IT, drill bits, burs, pin vise, and other tools needed to complete workshop projects.

Students should bring 
  • pebble(s): driveways or beaches are a good source, and your instructor will have a selection to choose from
Metalwerx has the following items, but if students have any of these items, they are encouraged to bring them:
  • large flat hand file approx 20mm wide,  cut 0, with handle
  • needle files, large - half round, triangle, equaling, cut 2
  • ring clamp          
  • large half round pliers
  • dividers, small and accurate
  • vernier or digital caliper



Materials Cost



Steven Parker


October 15 -17, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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