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John D | Goldsmith
Specialising in Stonesetting & Polishing

Areas of expertise 
  • Stonesetting

  • Microsetting (Microscopic Stonesetting)

  • Polishing Jewellery Techniques

  • Gold Plating


  • Experienced  Tutor


Highly experienced Stonesetter John has worked in the Jewellery Trade for over 35 years specialising in Stonesetting and Microsetting in all precious metal types and stone shapes.


Following a 5 year traditional Jewellery apprenticeship in the late 1970’s he has continued working in the trade including for several prestigious Hatton Garden Jewellers such as Garrards, Asprey and Mappin & Webb and Brown & Newirth, before starting his own Stonesetting business in Essex.

John is a Member of the prestigious Institute of Professional Goldsmiths and his wide range of experience includes setting the stones for several high profile clients including setting the stones in one of Princes Diana’s Brooches.

We can’t tell you about the famous people whose Jewellery John has worked on – it’s secret!


John is an experienced Stonesetting and Polishing  tutor who teaches in his own trade workshop.

Images Copyright to Tutor John D. All rights reserved.

Tutor Course Notes
  • As Bespoke courses are individually tailored to suit you, castings and stones which are essential for practise are not included in the course fee. This is because you may like to bring your own items and stones to set.


  • If you prefer to buy stones and silver casting to practise setting direct from the tutor you must make a request IN ADVANCE  of your course, so that the tutor can order them for you.

  • For Gold Plating tuition, you MUST pay the tutor direct for chemicals and solutions you use on the day.




Learn from John  one-to-one

To check John's availability and to obtain more information and pricing for a one-to-one tuition session with him, contact: Dawn Meaden-Johnson at:


Student Feedback

1-Day Stonesetting Techniques, Tips of the Trade 
2 Persons

I would really recommend John, he was extremely knowledgeable, approachable and friendly.

He tailored the day to our specific requirements which was perfect.

Ella | Jewellery Company Owner
Introduction to Microsetting 
Private 1:1 Practical Tuition
1 or 2 Days

The day was really beneficial, John was very personable and patient, I felt like he tailored every aspect of the lesson to me and was able to focus in on areas I needed help with. I came away with a much better understanding of the microsetting process and I'm excited to get practising in my own workshop.
I really enjoyed the course and shall make sure I recommend the course to anyone looking for some training.

Georgia | Jeweller


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