Gerry Lewy’s Biography

Plain and simple this is my history and why I am here writing. Nothing more!…Gerry!

After a lengthy apprenticeship of 9 years, I advanced to the level of “Journeyman” in one of Canada’s major jewellery company. It was at this span of another of 14 years, I learned all of the intricacies of Diamond Setting. I learned from my mentor who had the patience of showing me all that he learned in “Hatton Garden”, London England.

“Hatton Garden” is similar to New York’s 49th street jewellery centre.

After spending 15 years subcontracting stone setting, I felt the need to teach those who have the desire to learn from a mentor. I spent the next 12 years teaching in Canada and USA and giving seminars to over a thousand individuals. During this time, I have written over 650 pages just on Diamond Setting. These setting essays have gone to over 14 countries and the need is still there to instruct the newer generation.

To communicate and let the student understand all of the innuendos of stone setting, is a skill in itself. I found that all of my students shared the same need, that need was to learn. No matter the country, age or gender, students want to learn stone-setting.

The need to design any form of jewellery, that person must and should learn this setting skill. Why? Mostly all patterns these days come with gemstones. It is very easy to create a pattern and give the setting to a stone-setter, so why not do this stone setting yourself? This is just why I am here, to teach and to explain in a very basic language!

Gerry Lewy

Gerry Lewy

With over 42 years experience as a stone setter, Gerald N. Lewy, president of Gemz Diamond Setting, is known throughout the diamond setting community as 'Gerry the Cyber-Setter'. Gerald Lewy started his 9-year apprenticeship with a jewellery manufacturer and tutored by a gentleman 'setter', in Haddon Gardens, London England. Gerald has redeveloped himself into more than a master setter; his purpose is now to be a teacher of the art as well. If you have any questions on Diamond / Stone Setting you can contact him through this blog

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Gerry Lewy April 20, 2017 at 4:03

Hi Patrice
I stopped setting stones for other people about 4-5 years ago. I’m now fully into teaching the newer generation..Loads more satisfaction.
Gerry!

Gerry Lewy April 20, 2017 at 4:03

Aline, thanks for your letter. Greatly appreciate your asking for it. I am going to be sending in excess of 419 mb’s in the next few days. One batch of notes are coming today 4/20/17

Aline L. Budenstein April 19, 2017 at 4:03

Can I receive your gravernotes by email? Do you have a list of books or DVD’s.

Patrice Wernlund November 1, 2015 at 4:03

Do you still set stones for other people?

Peter July 27, 2015 at 4:03

Hi Gerry,
like you i have been in the game of setting for a long time, 41 years, its sad to see how many decent setters there are left. i would also like to pass on the skills that i have gained through the years.
my email address is attached, would like to hear from you
Peter

Michele Piza February 14, 2014 at 4:03

Hi Gerry,

I was scheduled to take your workshop class at the 92nd Street Y last month & was SOOOOOOO disappointed when it was cancelled. Even more so last week when a stone setter disregarded my instructions & essentially ruined the prongs on 3 rings. Was it my fault? Could I have made the ring better if I knew more? Certainly. But could he have done the setting as I wanted? I think so. Most importantly, could I have set the stones myself? Having taken some classes you I feel I could have.

I watched your 4-prong setting videos on U-Tube and long for more. Do you have a schedule of classes or workshops?

Thanks so much,
Michele

Gerry Lewy September 16, 2012 at 4:03

Hi Denny
I am teaching a “Gem Stone Setting” course at George Brown College @ “Casa Loma Campus”! I will instruct both beginners and as well the advanced! Do you want to join ‘us’? This is starting October 20th till December 1st. Write to my email address.. gerrylewy18 AT gmail DOT com
Gerry!

Denny Diamond September 16, 2012 at 4:03

Hi Gerry,

When and where are your classes in T.O.?

Thank you for all of your shared expertise. I appreciate the videos and have learned so much.

Denny

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