A few months ago I went to a Toronto school to apply to teach. Once
there, the teacher on staff & his department head were present. I
showed them my resume’ (85 rings set with cz’s). I was enlightening
them on what a student should be learning. This teacher (?) who has a
BFA degree told me this “*We don’t teach *Princess-setting,
Channel-Setting or 4-prong setting”.
I asked why? every setter these days must how to do these types of
setting. "It isn’t in our schools’ curriculum!!" The department
head looked at him with amazement, why not? We’ve been doing it this
way for many years & we find no reason to change. I said you are
teaching your students who pay your school $15,000.00 in 3 years to
learn what is no longer needed!!! I asked this teach can you set
Fish-Tail? He said “I never heard of it”. I showed him my samples.
After a half/hour I left in total disgust! When I teach my students
they learn what is needing in the present day, not something circa
1970. I propose everyone on Orchid who are wanting to get to a school
find out EXACTLY what you will be learning, even if it’s a short-term
program. If you don’t know, write to me off-line. I will gladly guide
you, diamond setting styles & techniques are changing by the year,
if not, by the month.
One of the main topics every setter must know & practice on is:
Pave or Bright-Cutting a. k.a. Pave setting. This school said it
isn’t necessary, good grief! In 4-5 days I can teach my students this
Advanced Level, so why not that school? After 54 years at my
setting-bench I see that this craft has totally changed. But some
schools have not kept up with the ongoing changes. You, as a student
must know what will waiting for you in the years ahead, at your
bench. This school has no Laser-welder, or teach Wax-Setting & no
CAD!..e Oh yes, they spend ONE YEAR in learning to make Tube & Bezel
settings, that is their setting program.