Shaped Stone Setting


Shaped Stone Setting


The course will be led by Master Goldsmith, Scott McIntyre. A top class craftsman with over 23 years experience in the trade, he has created amazing pieces for a wide and varied number of workshops across Scotland. A highly skilled stone setter and wax carver, he uses his intense level of training to ensure he’s at the very top of his game. A passion for the passing on of skills and heritage is deep-rooted within Scott’s working ethos. Scott uses the methods he has finely honed over time to ensure that each student leaves his department with an improved skill set and a far greater knowledge of jewellery making. He is Technical Director of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School and Head Goldsmith.

The Shaped Stone Setting course is for jewellers looking to branch out from solely setting rounds, adding more complex shapes to your already impressive skillset. On both days there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each style. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found skills. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.


Day 1

  • Tension set an oval stone

  • Build and set a bezel setting for a pear shape

Day 2

  • Flush set a trilliant cut stone

  • Build and set a ‘V’ claw setting for a marquise cut

From attending both days consecutively, you will come away with a fantastic understanding of advanced stone setting that will lead to the further development of your designs and technical ability. The class is limited to 8 students per class to ensure key concepts are covered and to give maximum one-to-one tuition. You will be shown all the necessary methods to harness the techniques, however please be aware that a certain amount of continual repetition will be required post class to hone the skills. Practice makes perfect!

Vanilla Ink Studios promotes and supports the jewellery sector in Scotland, with the core aim to educate, inspire and empower the industry.

We will provide all the necessary materials and tools needed. You will each have your own bench where we have access to all hand tools, but do feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable.


Please note that you need to have an outstanding understanding of jewellery making. A vast knowledge of all jewellery techniques is required. Good eyesight is essential in order to complete this course, please ensure you bring your own glasses or optivisors. You will not manage this course without them. This is for jewellers who have already completed our Intermediate Stone Setting or equivalent. Please do not sign up unless you have. We reserve the right to check if you have the necessary skills or refuse attendance on this course. While this may seem harsh, experience tells us that under-qualified students can be quickly left behind and affect those at a suitable level.. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

**please note classes may be cancelled due to lack of attendees. In the unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled. If you can not attend the class but someone you know can take your place then please let us know ahead of the class, we can only refund the class if there is at least 3 days notice.**

Weekend Course
18th & 19th August
10am - 6pm
Tutor: Scott McIntyre

Vanilla Ink Jewellery School
Mercat House
19 Argyle Court
The Hidden Lane
1103 Argyle Street
G3 8ND

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