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Advanced Stone Setting


We know firsthand how frustrating it can be dealing with the many intricate settings and designs in jewelry today.

We teach you hands-on expert techniques that will help you set both colored stones and diamonds in challenging settings with confidence, using the latest technology and time-saving techniques.In just five days, you will gain a new perspective on the ways you can be more efficient, skilled, and professional no matter what design you dream up, or are faced with at the bench. With tips and techniques you won’t learn anywhere else, and real-world examples, all at a professionally stocked jeweler bench with high-end tools, you will learn countless advanced stone setting techniques.

Jewelers with intermediate stone setting experience are amazed at how fast they learn in this truly extraordinary class, while advanced stone setters are impressed with the wealth of new concepts they learn. The innovative techniques taught in this hands-on workshop dramatically improve craftsmanship, speed, and confidence, improving productivity and profitability immediately.

Essential Skills Learned in Stone Setting Comprehensive:


This is an advanced class, designed for jewelers who have taken Stone Setting Comprehensive, and have implemented the skills learned for at least 6 -12 months prior to signing up for Advanced Stone Setting or you may submit photos that best represent your level of stone setting


Tuition: $1568.78 includes tuition, kit materials fee, and applicable sales tax. (Tuition is $1470, kit fee and materials are $90, tax is $8.78)

The use of professional bench and tools is included. There is no requirement to purchase or bring tools for this class.



8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 19 – 23, 2024

August 5 – 9, 2024

October 28 – November 1, 2024


Blaine Lewis and Drew Hadley


New Approach is unique. We don’t require you to buy or bring your own tools to attend our classes. All you need to bring is your personal optics, like an opti-visor and 10x eye-loupe, if you have them. If not, we’ll provide them for you to use in class.

During the registration process, a $200 deposit is necessary to reserve your spot in the class. The remainder of the tuition and kit fee is due on the first day of class.

Student Perspectives:

For years I've said the three most important tools for stone setting were a microscope, micro-motor, and a GRS tool. I was wrong. The most important tool is the Advanced Stone Setting class at the New Approach School. Blaine's teaching skills and tips are top notch. I can't recommend a trip to New Approach School enough
Chris Ploof
I truly had an excellent experience. Blaine is a great teacher and really amazing at explaining technique. I feel like I really learned a lot of skills and new ways of setting that will save me time but not compromise quality. All the little tips and tricks were so valuable. I should also say that I have a hard time in lecture settings hearing and paying attention. I found his visual method of teaching to keep me really engaged.
Colleen Matthews
I feel much more confident about stone setting and this will enable me to be more efficient and profitable at work. My other education has been Art School and was much less trade oriented. I really enjoyed the way Blaine related jewelry specific situations to other things like ship-building and construction, and applied common sense to problems that I have a tendency to overthink.
Chris Tuller
Blaine is as enthusiastic and excited a teacher as I have encountered. He's great at getting students to think instead of following given steps. I would recommend this program above any others.
Susan McDonough
Blaine puts everything into perspective so it makes sense. This was just a great positive experience with so much knowledge to gain! Blaine is the best teacher I have ever known
Benjamin Edwards