Jewellery CAD Stone Setting


• Learn how to apply real world jewellery gemstone setting tolerances in Rhino CAD, Matrix, or MatrixGold.

• Make beautiful, accurate, and durable gemstone settings for use in 3D printing.

• Study under the guidance of some of the UK jewellery industry’s most seasoned CAD instructors.

marquis double split ring with micro pave, made in MatrixGold
Course Content
Course Content

Knowing how to create accurate and robust jewellery CAD stone setting in Rhino, Matrix, or MatrixGold is a crucial part of becoming a professional jewellery CAD modeller.

This course is intended for individuals who have already started learning Rhino, but would like to refine their ability to make precision stone settings in CAD which are usable at the bench. These techniques are ideal for any individual wishing to use gemstones in their cast CAD models.

Students who already know the basics of Rhino or Matrix will focus on tolerances for increasingly sophisticated stone setting methods in CAD.

On the last day of the course, there will be time for the students to bring in their own project to work on to practice what they’ve learned.

Students will learn to accurately make the following stone settings in Rhino, Matrix, or MatrixGold without the help of any automated tools or builders:

  • Rex Setting
  • Tulip Setting
  • Open Tip Setting
  • Channel Setting
  • Cluster Setting
  • Micro Pave Setting

On the last day of the course, there will be time for the students to bring in their own project to work on to practice what they’ve learned.


British Academy of Jewellery Certificate of Completion.

Entry requirements:

  • Students must already be proficient with either Rhino CAD, Matrix, or MatrixGold, up to the equivalent of the beginner course we teach. An entry test model must be completed in order to enter the course.
  • Minimum PC skills : students should be able to easily create and manage multiple folders in Windows, send an e-mail with an attachment, and be able to Copy and Paste text in Microsoft Word.

Who should take this course?

  • Students keen on making signet rings or medallions for any reason, such as figurative design, hip-hop jewellery, or mens accessories.
  • Working professionals in the jewellery or related industries
  • Current students in jewellery related courses


Hatton Garden, London


Jack Meyer

Course Length
3 days


Upon completion of this course and approximately 4-6 weeks of steady practice in your own time, there are several additional classes and masterclasses which would be greatly beneficial to you.

Rhino CAD Intermediate would allow you to progress onto the next level of skill with Rhino CAD software, bringing in more advance surface editing techniques and the basics of sculpture.
Adobe Illustrator for Jewellery Design makes for an excellent secondary program, giving Rhino users a superior method for designing and controlling drawings and logos created using vector graphics. This short course would provide complimentary 2D tools to go with their 3D tool set.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in T-Splines for Rhino would explore using the subdivision modelling tool for controlling organic shapes and freeform sculpture.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in V-Ray Rendering For Rhino would give students a grounding in essential rendering techniques for making photorealistic renders of their 3D models.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in Z-Brush will give students an extra piece of software with which they can apply texture and more sculptural modelling practices to their existing 3D models.

The British Academy of Jewellery also offers a diverse range of specialist intensive courses to help individuals develop their jewellery knowledge and skillset in areas such as CAD, gemstone studies and technical drawing.

If you are considering a professional career in jewellery-making, we recommend our Jewellery Diploma Programme, which will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to design, make and sell jewellery.

If you are unsure what course is right for you, BAJ offer guidance on jewellery career pathways, and will be able to support you in making the next steps. Contact our Student Support Services to find out how we can support in helping you in finding the right career.

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Next course 1 July – 15 July 2020 (3 Wednesdays)

Call 020 7405 0197 to book your place!

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