During the past 55 years, I have gathered so many setting techniques that are so very basic to the setters in today's world! From setting a 4-claw/prong Engagement ring to even Cluster-style mounts, using different burs of all shapes & sizes. My very simple question is "why aren't these very basic setting techniques taught in the many jewellery schools!" One school I went to, in even in Ontario, Canada "will spend 3-4 months on how to build & set a Cabochon stone ring"? I asked the Head-Administrator about Gravers, she said right to my face.."What is a Graver?"...is this what the schools are teaching?
The 'poor' student comes out of these long-term learning & teaching establishments bereft of any knowledge on how to set a Princess stone, any attempt to do any Bead-Setting, not too mention Bright-Cutting. Should I even mention Graver-shaping on a Bench-Grinder? What one school owner said to one of my students.."You don't need to use a Graver"..Good grief!
You now even have the setting-video's Seth & I created last year, don't just look at them, buy the series, they are only a sampling of what's going on in our trade. I narrated each setting process, in fact, one jeweller in Australia set a 1-carat diamond using my video..you can too!!!
I feel it is my duty to try & fill that gap for everyone NOW, on our great "Orchid/Ganoksin".
I was contemplating using DropBox, but I prefer the "personal-touch", I like to write a little letter to each of YOU when time permitting! My Diamond Setting information is FREE, just for the asking!!..but I need your 'exact' email addresses, if not, how can I send you anything..:>)
Fondest regards to everyone!..Gerry!