Joel McFadden will teach Prong Setting and Bezel Setting techniques in a 2-day weekend Beginning Stone Setting class. Designed for beginners or for jewelers who are having trouble with basic stone setting techniques.
Day 1 will cover Prong Setting, sometimes called Diamond-Style Prong Setting. Students will learn everything they need to know about how to set a diamond solitaire, whether it is actually a diamond or a colored stone. Cubic Zirconia will be used in class.
After doing a ring, Joel will teach students how to set a pair of earrings. Joel wants to teach earrings because earrings are very difficult, but Joel will teach some great tricks to make setting stones in earrings much easier. While the class will use diamond-shaped cubic zirconia, the techniques will transfer to colored or other kinds of stones students may set.
During the class, students will use some of the best equipment in the industry to make learning the techniques really easy. But students will be able to use the techniques at home with very limited equipment and tools.
On Day 2, Joel will teach Bezel Setting. Bezel setting is very popular because jewelers can use this technique to professionally set a wide variety of stones into many different pieces of jewelry.
Students will bezel set both faceted gem stones and cabochon gem stones.
Joel will teach techniques that he has developed over his 40 years as a jeweler. These techniques will save jewelers time and effort. As part of the class, students will receive one of Joel’s favorite tools that helps make bezel setting fast and easy.
Joel McFadden is the first ever MJSA Mentor Jeweler and the Director of MJSA’s Council of Jewelers. Joel has over 40 years of experience as a jeweler. He has taught jewelers at all levels of expertise, written extensively about the industry and about jewelry techniques, and had many leadership and speaking roles in organizations and trade shows. Joel also consults with independent jewelers about business practices. In addition to teaching at Precision Bench, Joel operates his custom jewelry store, Joel McFadden Designs, in Red Bank, New Jersey, just outside of New York City.