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Working with Rose Cut Gems

A rose cut gemstone or diamond is a stone that has a flat base with a domed top, like a traditional cabochon, however, the dome is cut with triangular facets that resemble the narrowing spiral of how the petals of a rose lay naturally in the flower. Rose cut gems date back to the 1500's AD and have been set in a variety of ways throughout the ages. Get a glimpse of jewelry history and learn how to put a contemporary spin on a variety of settings for rose cuts!

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the instructor

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Paulette Werger is a metalsmith and teacher who works in Lebanon, NH. She sells her work both nationally and internationally and is owner of Metalpeople East, a jewelry and hollow ware studio. She has taught metalsmithing at the University of WI, Montana State University, and at craft schools throughout the country.


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:

  • 1"x1" min. x Argentium® sheet - 22g (Rio Grande)
  • 12" min. x Argentium® bezel wire - 1/8" x 24g (Rio Grande)
  • 12" min. x Argentium® round wire - 20g dead soft (Rio Grande)
  • 12" min. x Argentium® round wire - 18g dead soft (Rio Grande)
  • 12" min. x Argentium® round wire - 16g dead soft (Rio Grande)
  • 12" min. x Argentium® round wire - 14g dead soft (Rio Grande)

Stones (note you can directly message Village Silversmith to request rose cuts in your preferred shape, size, and color)

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface
  • fan and open window - or ventilation system
  • safety glasses 
  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook
  • rags/towels
  • baking soda

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