With regard to Cathy’s comments –
Blaine Lewis has done a miraculous job on these setting videos.
I have been completely amazed at the lucid and logical approach of
his teaching methods. The close up images are great learning tool. I
would suspect that many of the world's jewelers are visual learners.
I have to say that while I have not seen the videos yet, I did take
his stone setting course the summer before last. If the video is in
any way at all like his class, anyone interested in good setting
techniques will learn a tremendous amount.
I don’t use a lot of stones in the work I do, but the techniques
learned are solid enough and make such logical sense that setting many
stones as opposed to setting a few stones becomes more a matter of
’practice makes perfect’ than not having any idea about how to
approach the project at hand.
If you are on the east coast and can take advantage of his classes –
do. Otherwise, I’m sure the videos will be worth the time and money.