Stone Setting Gamut: Flush, Tube, Bezel, and Prong

Course Description

About this course

In this virtual workshop, Ryan will demonstrate various ways of fabricating settings for different types of stones including both cabochons and faceted stones. Join us to learn how to fabricate a tab setting, how to create tube settings, and how to flush set stones. Additionally, he will also show students how to make their own bezel wire for bezel settings!

A basic understanding of metal fabrication and soldering is suggested.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab!

Meet the Instructor

Ryan Gardner

"Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.

Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.

Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives."


Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials:

  • 4-6 x 2mm stones - CZ, diamond, sapphire, or ruby
  • 1"x2" x 2mm sterling sheet or 2mm x 5mm ring blanks
  • 4" x fine silver wire - 12g, 14g, and 16g (Rio Grande)
  • 3"x3" x sterling silver sheet - 20g (Rio Grande)
  • 1" min. x 3mm heavy wall tube - silver or gold (Rio Grande)
  • 3" x sterling silver round wire (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x cabochon for tab setting
  • various cabochon and faceted stones for bezels

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface
  • fan and open window - or ventilation system
  • safety glass - for debris and torch if needed
  • dust mask
  • toothpicks 




Ryan Gardner


February 19 -20, 2022


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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