Make your own Gemstone Ring- stone setting course


If you love gemstones then this stone setting workshop is for you – bring your jewellery to life with gemstones! Learn skills to make settings and to set your own gemstones in this “Introduction to Stone Setting-  course. Students make two bezel set rings, set with semi-precious cabochon gemstones.



Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $340 inc GST
  • 2 days - 12 hours tuition
  • 10am to 4pm

It is a privilege to have such a generous and encouraging tutor like Diane. I feel really fortunate to have found SquarePeg Studios.

— Meryl, Happy Student


If you love gemstones then this stone setting workshop is for you. Learn to set a variety of sizes of cabochon stones during this 2-day stone setting course.  Students will be making rub-over bezel settings in sterling silver.

You will learn how to set stones to show their best features and create bezel and tube settings.

Students make two rings, in silver set with a semi-precious cabochon gemstone which we will supply. Measuring and constructing secure settings to safely house gemstones is the primary focus of this workshop.

The Make Your own Gemstone Ring is suitable for students with Intermediate experience. To participate, at least the equivalent of our Beginner’s course should have been completed in order to ensure sufficient prior knowledge of fabrication processes to comfortably complete this workshop. Students will learn how to make a ring shank and a setting for their gemstone ring.

What You'll Learn

What students learn

Learn how to make a rub over bezel setting

Learn how to make a tube setting

Learn to set a variety of sizes of cabochon stones during this 2-day course.

Learn how to make a ring, incorporating a semi-precious cabochon gemstone

What you will make

Two rings incorporating semi-precious cabochon gemstones


What is included in the course

Stones and sterling silver wire

Base metal sheet and wire

The consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades, emery paper, burrs and drill bits) as well as all the hand tools and equipment you need.

Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits

What do you need to bring

A notebook and pen/pencil

An apron

Covered shoes

Your ideas and creativity


We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg. All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Our Tutors

Why choose a jewellery making course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design.

Diane Appleby

Meet your tutor

Diane Appleby completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW. Diane’s catalogue of work encompasses collections for exhibition and collaborations with clients on individual pieces. “My jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to wear. I like to play with colour, form and texture. I choose materials for their unique character, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy creating pieces with a precious presence. “At the heart of every design is an inspiration, whether I am creating a collection for an exhibition or working with a client to create a uniquely personal piece. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a few simple sketches to a finished form extremely exciting.”  

Emily Copp

Meet your tutor

Emily is a Sydney based creative who works with diverse materials and technologies. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her works which include jewellery forms and tableware objects within her practice.

She is a resident artist and director at SquarePeg Studios alongside teaching various classes both in SquarePeg Studio's classroom and at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus.

“I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”

Emily Copp 'Boundless' 18k white gold and Australian Parti Sapphire

Wonderful studio environment and brilliant tuition. I loved every moment of the course!

— Elizabeth, Happy Student

Make your own Gemstone Ring- stone setting course

  • $340 inc GST
  • Presented on weekends (either consecutive days or else a single day on consecutive weekends)
  • 10am to 4pm

course dates


Need more info?  We're happy to hear from you.

Directors: Emily on 0402 697 557 or Kim on 0407 803 003