Jewelry & Stone Setting
Custom Ring Fabrication

Want to push your fabrication skills to the next level? During this 5-day course, learn how to take sheets and stock and fabricate them into a ring with a custom, 4-prong tapered head that you can’t buy out of a catalog! Students will learn soldering techniques, how to use a bezel block, pierce difficult-to-reach areas, make custom gravers for fabrication, set a round brilliant gemstone, and engrave their setting to make it truly unique. Matt specializes in custom jewelry that combines traditional fabrication, ornamental hand engraving, and advanced stone setting techniques. If you’re looking to advance your fabrication skills, this is the class for you!

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Course Info

Matt Tuggle
2024 Date(s)
Jewelry & Stone Setting
Skill Level
Enrollment Type
Open, see prerequisites


  • Learn differences & limitations when fabricating in various precious metals
  • Learn equations used to determine ring & bezel sizes
  • Form rings from sheet & wire
  • Correct bezel block techniques
  • Fabricate straight walled & tapered bezels
  • Modify bezels into prong settings
  • Specialty graver making for fabrication
  • Soldering techniques
  • Finishing techniques

Class Project(s)

Fabricating a ring with a custom round, tapered, 4-prong head with engraved details


This course will require both basic metalsmithing and intermediate engraving skills.

Graver Sharpening Knowledge:
90°, 105°, onglette, various flats

Other Skills Required:
Basic metalsmithing (basic soldering and forming, but I can really teach anyone how to do these basic steps if they are not familiar)

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

We reserve your seat upon receipt of course deposit. To transfer or cancel your reservation, notify GRS at least 30 days before the class start date to transfer deposit or receive a refund, less $50. Deposits are not transferrable or refundable less than 30 days before the course start date. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to call us! We would be glad to help you. Call 800-835-3519, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

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