Jane Armstrong and I have just returned from the Blaine Lewis
week o’ setting madness in lovely Virginia Beach. Since my head
is still spinning from the imparted (and too much
driving and waaaaay too much coffee), please bear with me as I
compose this on the fly.
This is a course that you’ll love. There’s something here for
everyone, from novice to competent experienced setter, and even
if you don’t agree with the methods, the debate is learned,
informed, eager, and challenging. Hell, I’d just listen to him
for a week and enjoy the debate, but once into the method it
becomes engrossing. While I have been known to set 3 ct. square
cut emeralds in 18K white gold (FLUSH SET!!!), I have NEVER done
so without sweating, crying, demanding absolution in advance,
and trying to decide if my career was really worth this agony. I
am so cocky now that I think I’ll laugh at the projects that
come through for me. Our salespeople’s favorite torture (until
now) has been to show me some outrageous piece and tell me it
has to be burnished with emeralds and opals. HAH! Now I just
If I sound like a late-night-Mr.
Popeill-pocket-fisherman-wait-there’s-more commercial, WAIT!
THERE’S MORE! Not only do you get a free set of Ginsu forks
(sorry, Blaine, couldn’t resist), Mr. Lewis imparts all
freely and happily. We’ve come away from this not
only with the we expected (and paid for, let’s be
real), but with so many sorts of extras that our schooling,
travel, and expenses will be paid for certainly within the year.
I’d picked Blaine to poke at about advanced setting thanks to
several helpful e-mails from the folks here at Orchid, but as
complimentary as the messages were, I feel he’s been undersold a
bit. This course can make a difference that doesn’t go away as
soon as the pressure is back on once you’ve got customers
clamoring at you again, and that is what has me completely sold
and ready to trumpet it aloud. ANYONE with setting concerns
should be in contact with this guy! Since he’s back on the list
again, look him up!
Graduate of the Blaine Lewis School for 400-lb. Gorillas (What
does a 400-lb. gorilla do with jewelry you ask? ANYTHING SHE