Setting Basic to Odd Shaped Stones

Spectacle Setting with embellishment. Necklace by Lindsay Minihan
Course Description

About this course

This course provides training and solutions for a range of bezel setting techniques for all types of stones! Start with a review of closed-back bezels, students will refine their approach to basic bezel setting techniques. In the following weeks, students will move on to explore fully open-back bezels (step bezels and spectacle settings), each with a bail suitable for use as a pendant. There will also be demonstration and discussion on how to set different kinds of uniquely shaped stones, alternative ways to stabilize the stones, and ideas for modifying bezels to make designs more personal and interesting.

Students should bring their favorite cabochon stones, pebbles, sea glass, or similar objects they wish to set. Gain the skills necessary to set a variety of stones!

Meet the Instructor

David Baird

David Baird has been making jewelry for nearly four decades. He received his bachelor's degree at the Evergreen State College, and his MFA from The School of the American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also has a GG (Graduate Gemology certificate) from the GIA.

David sells his work nationally and has taught classes and workshops for at least 30 years around New England including Metalwerx, DeCordova Museum School, and Lexington Arts and Crafts Center. More recently he has been developing specialized jigs to make bench processes easier for his students. The Directed Open Studio courses at Metalwerx are led by David because of his vast knowledge about the many facets of metalworking.

Over the past 15 years, David has expanded his repertoire to include lapidary cabbing and carving. He now devotes his time between two studios, both lapidary and jewelry, taking on commissions by request. His studio is located at the Waltham Mill Buildings, near Metalwerx where still he teaches regularly.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee, that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver sheet, round wire, and bezel wire in various gauges.

Students should bring 
  • Any stones you are interested in setting during the session - this can include basic cabochon stones, as well as unusually shaped stones



Materials Cost



David Baird


September 17 -December 3, 2018

Weekly on Monday


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


10 weeks

Basic and above

No Class Dates

October 8

November 12

Make-up dates 
December 3
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