Jewelry Making

Jewelry making workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in jewelry making to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of jewelry making techniques.

Individuals who are new to jewelry making and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional jewelers to learn new skills.

Calendar

Monday, October 3, 2016

Introduction to Gem Identification

Monday, October 3 (one session)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Barbara Lawrence
$250

In this one-day workshop, students learn how to distinguish genuine, synthetic and imitation gemstones, and which gemstones are best used in particular pieces of jewelry. Hands-on training provides the opportunity to test gemstones with readily-available equipment. While this course is designed for professional jewelers, it is also open to interested amateurs.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tube Setting

Saturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 13 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$350
Plus an $85 materials fee due a first class.

Learn to bezel set round faceted and cabochon stones, 4mm and smaller, without the task of forming tiny bezels. Increase the number of settings you might otherwise include in your designs due to the time it takes to make a single traditional bezel. Use this concept as a production tool to build inventory and to enhance clasps, cold connections, and stone-on-stone designs. Also, learn to solder these settings onto jewelry pieces easily and cleanly, and use numerous types of burs and setting tools to make this a very efficient stone setting method.

All tools are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Katie Theodoros
Director of Continuing Education
617-227-0155 x130
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Other jewelry making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Katie Theodoros. We welcome class requests.

  • Electrolytic etching
  • Faceted stone setting
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making I
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making II
  • Gem identification
  • Gem identification and stone treatments for the bench jeweler
  • Introduction to cabochon stone setting
  • Introduction to sterling silver hollowware
  • Loop-in-loop chainmaking
  • Silver and holloware
  • Silversmithing
  • Soldering strategies for fabrication
  • Waxing carving & finishing
  • Working with gold