Pavé Setting

Course Description

About this course

Have you ever been mesmerized by the dazzling sparkle of a dozen gleaming gems that contour the surface on a piece of jewelry? Here's your chance to learn how it's done! In this workshop students will explore a variety of stone setting techniques, specifically pave, bead setting, and French cut. Due to the short format of the course, metal housings, burs, beading tools, and stones will be available for purchase from the instructor. Students can expect to leave with at least one piece of completed jewelry as part of the course. In depth demonstration and numerous samples will be thoroughly covered and executed throughout the workshop. Due to the level of detail and hand strength required to execute these techniques, students should have excellent vision (with the aid of magnification) and ample hand strength to push over prongs and cut metal using burs in the flexshaft. Previous stone setting experience strongly encouraged. 

Meet the Instructor

Arthur Hash

Arthur Hash is an Assistant Professor in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program at RISD. Before joining the faculty at RISD, he co-founded the Makerbot Innovation Lab for Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz and taught jewelry design and metalsmithing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He has been awarded two fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA and was named a Searchlight Artist by the American Craft Council in 2007. In 2014 he presented his fifth solo exhibition, Arthur Hash, Wearable Objects, at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington. His work also appeared in Out of the Box – Trends in Contemporary Jewelry (2013) at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, VA and Body Language: Contemporary Art Jewelry (2012) at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia, PA and is included in a number of private and public collections around the US. He has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $120-$140 materials fee for this workshop that is payable to the instructor at the start of class. Materials kits include two pre-cast sterling silver objects, square stock sterling silver wire, multiple beading tools, CZs, stone setting burs, flat ended cone bur, reamer bur, mini buffs, graver handle, and stone safe polishing compound. 


Students should bring 

The Metalwerx studio has some of these tools, but recommends you bring your own if you have them. 

  • Students are required to have their own magna visors and loops
  • Small buffs for the flex shaft
  • Any miscellaneous burs that you would use for stone setting
  • Small needle files and burnishers 



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Arthur Hash


February 1 -2, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Intermediate and above
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