Traditional Diamond-Mounting Techniques: Enhance your Skills and make a Cluster Ring with Stuart Paul

24 Mar 2020 - 12 May 2020 · 1:30PM - 4:30PM, 8 week course
£360 (24, 31 March, 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr, 5, 12 May 2020)
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As Princess Diana and Kate Middleton have established, cluster rings remain as chic as ever; they can be set with any coloured stone as well as diamonds and will continue to be a timeless design.

One of the most intricate types of jewellery assembly, a simple cluster ring is often composed of up to 30 different pieces of metal. However, under the guidance of our expert tutor Stuart Paul, this course will take you through the construction of this elaborate piece, a traditional cluster ring with one centre stone of your choice, step by step. 

This course gives you the opportunity to develop and utilise traditional hand-making techniques including:

  • Marking Out & Drilling
  • Doming & Forming
  • Piercing & Back Holing
  • Producing Collets (to specific stone sizes)
  • Producing Shanks (from wire to size)
  • Soldering
  • Finishing

Not only will you learn how to make this traditional design, you will also develop diamond mounting techniques which can be applied to many other types of jewellery production and repairs making it relevant to your everyday practice, improving your skills and learning precision methods to be used throughout your goldsmithing career. 

Our small class sizes (maximum of 8) mean that you will receive tailored advice that will help you strengthen your skills and improve your productivity. 

Additionally, our expert tutor will be able to offer you some time 1 to 1, where you can discuss any specific issues or challenges that you are facing in producing your own work.     

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Bring your own centre stone in any shape you like, the tutor will be able to take you through the specificity of your stone
  • Please bring your own hand tools
  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes 

Who is this course designed for?

  • Intermediate: Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and have a good understanding of basic jewellery tools and techniques. This course is not suitable for beginners.

Who is the tutor?

With over 40 years’ experience working in the trade, Stuart Paul runs his own business Stuart Paul Jewellery and specialises in bespoke jewellery commissions, engagement and wedding rings unique to each customer, handmade at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. He started his career working with David Thomas, then went on to work with Sarah Joanes, Asprey and De Beers. Stuart also has over 20 years’ experience as a jewellery tutor having taught at a number of different education and training providers.