Hi all, I have to add an enthusiastic second to DeDe’s endorsement. I
took Blaine’s basic stone setting class in 1996. We did thirteen
settings in four days, with only one broken CZ [a marquise setting
lost a tip] for six students in all that time. Wow! His method of
presenting allows you to develop a three-dimensional understanding of
each kind of setting. You have a clear sense of exactly how the metal
must be shaped, how much must be removed from which place, and how the
stone will be safely held in the setting when you are done. When
someone had a problem or a success he would put the piece under the
videoscope and the whole class could discuss it. We learned so much
from each other that way.
If you’re feeling the need for a refresher, or if you’re a complete
beginner, this is the man to see. Also, his techniques for dealing
with fragile and delicate stones like emeralds and opals are
excellent, and he has this burnisher trick for bezel setting that is
truly a wonder. Taking his class is a treat to yourself.
Blaine sets a standard for patience in teaching and generosity with
his knowledge. And he’s a fun guy – what a deal!