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Mixed Metals and Stone Setting Jewellery – Workshop


On this 10-week intermediate course you’ll master working with a range of different metals and precious stones to elevate your skills and create stunning jewellery pieces.

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What you need to know

When does it run?

You can study this course in either the autumn or spring term. Choose your preferred term when booking.

Autumn term 2023

Monday 2 October – 4 December 2023

Spring term 2024

Monday 15 January – 18 March 2024

How long is the course?

10 Monday evenings

What time will your classes be?


Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring jewellery makers aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who already possesses a good understanding of jewellery making or has completed our Silversmithing Jewellery Workshop and has a passion to develop their skills further.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an intermediate course, so you must be a proficient jewellery maker and have previous experience to benefit.

You'll need to have experience of basic jewellery making including use of a piercing saw, annealing, and silver soldering metals. An understanding of bezel setting would also be an advantage but not essential.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

Any additional materials and resources not listed in the 'what to bring' section below.

Are there any additional costs?

Please be aware you'll need to bring some jewellery making equipment with you and supply materials for your pieces. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section below for full details.

You'll be provided with a copper and brass sheet and wire to develop your skills and then will be given guidance to be able to order your own silver and/or gold, if desired.

Costs will vary according to the weight of silver or gold ordered, but we'll give advice about where and how to purchase materials suitable for the designs you have developed.

Projects can be tailored to suit all budgets.

What should you bring to class?

  • A notebook or sketchbook and pencil to take notes and sketch ideas
  • Wear old clothes or an apron
  • Closed-toe shoes are compulsory
  • Bring your glasses if you need them for close work and long hair must be tied back

  • Improve your jewellery making and design abilities
  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own beautiful and advanced jewellery pieces
  • Learn how to use specialist tools required for working with different metals and setting precious stones
  • Develop your understanding of the properties and working characteristics of a range of metals used in jewellery making
  • Learn a variety of techniques for texturing, combining and joining metals
  • Develop your technical skills and unique creative voice
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 10 like-minded creatives

About this course

This intermediate practical jewellery making course will introduce you to working with a range of mixed metals used in jewellery construction. Over the 10 sessions, as your confidence increases, you'll build on your existing skills enabling you to create a collection of pieces using a variety of traditional jewellery, silversmithing techniques and combining materials to stunning effect.

Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll expand your jewellery making skillset to include more advanced techniques. Some of the specialist techniques covered include hot and cold connection processes using a variety of common metals. You'll then progress to using silver and gold once the essential techniques are mastered.

You'll be taught the necessary skills needed to size, shape, texture, form, join and finish metal pieces, including how to use the tools and equipment to add dimensions to your jewellery and create beautiful bespoke pieces.

You’ll be expertly guided at every turn by our highly experienced jeweller and tutor, Samantha O'Brien. This course is ideal for anyone with some previous experience or graduates of Silversmithing Jewellery Workshop that understand the basic skills of jewellery making and wish to further their skills.

  • Piercing
  • Texturing
  • Rivets, tabs, and layering
  • Making chains and clasps
  • Tube setting faceted stones
  • Setting cabochons, sea glass or stones with claws
  • Finishing techniques

  • Possess improved design and jewellery making skills
  • Be the proud owner of a small collection of beautiful, wearable jewellery that incorporates the new skills you’ve developed throughout the course
  • Be able to design and create your own jewellery pieces with confidence, including using a variety of metals and setting stones
  • Have an enhanced understanding of the processes needed to work with a range of materials
  • Be knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of different specialist techniques required to work with different metals and stones
  • Be able to apply a range of finishes to your jewellery pieces
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Elevate your skills further and earn a Level 2 Skills Education Group accredited qualification in Jewellery Design; this’ll open the door to further academic study
  • Continue to harness your creativity and develop your skills further; explore our full range of Jewellery Making short courses
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

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Samantha O'Brien

Samantha O'Brien is a very passionate and vastly experienced silversmith jeweller with a love for designing and creating unique pieces.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

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