Professional Jewelry Making Classes
Take your jewelry making career to the next level with advanced classes specifically designed for jewelry professionals. Perfect your techniques and improve your skills in each topic with these intensive classes taught by our accomplished instructors.
Previous & Future Classes
Round Faceted Stone Setting
Learn the art of setting round faceted stones in multiple setting styles; prongs, basket mountings, bezel and flush. This class focuses on the classic general guidelines of round gemstone mounting to attain professional results that show strength, craftsmanship, and aesthetics.
Introduction to Laser Welding
Learn how to utilize this effective piece of technology in your jewelry work. This class covered joining and welding techniques on sterling silver, gold of all karats, platinum, titanium, and steel with the EVO laser, and an exploration of the advantages and limitations of using this equipment.
Traditional Hand Engraving
Focus on the fundamentals of traditional "hand push" engraving. Through a series of exercises, practice tool sharpening and cutting techniques using square, round and flat gravers.
Bead Setting and Pavé, with a focus on bright cutting and milgrain
May be offered in the future, stay tuned!
GRETCHEN WILKINSON JM ’96
Gretchen Wilkinson graduated from the NBSS Jewelry Making & Repair program in 1996 and now has nearly 30 years of experience in the field. She is currently the Bench Jeweler for The Village Silversmith's eight stores throughout the North Shore of Boston, specializing in repair, production, and high end fabrication work. Gretchen has utilized her skills as a hand engraver and stone setter to develop these courses specifically for advanced and professional jewelers.
ANN CAHOON JM ’02
Ann is a graduate of NBSS and was a finalist in the gold and platinum category of the 2010 Saul Bell Awards. She works on one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry as a principal goldsmith and designer at Flying Marquis Studio in Leominster, MA. Ann also writes and lectures for the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA). She is the technical co-editor of the MJSA book “Secret Shop Weapons” and is featured in an instructional DVD produced by Lapidary Journal.