SGEM-10_22 Gem identification workshop

Street Gemology

  • $95.00
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Street Gemology
Instructor: Jim Dailing
October 12, Wednesday evening 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Class Fee: $95

Class format: In studio at Danaca Design

Prerequisites: All levels.

Learn how to pick the best stones!
Experienced goldsmith, Jim Dailing will walk students through the realities of the gem industry. This course will cover what to look for when buying gemstones, how best to source stones domestically and internationally, and good practices for establishing relationships with dealers. Last but not least, students will leave understanding how to avoid getting taken advantage of and overpaying for high end gems! This course is also designed to help students develop an eye for determining how a stone will need to be set. Some time will be spent on the historical evolution of the cutting and faceting of gems and the various cuts used today. All levels.

Instructor Bio:

BFA:  University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point -1985 

MFA: Tyler School of Art – 1990 

Taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon College of Art and Crafts, University of Portland, Central Oregon Community College as well as classes and workshops at schools and craft centers around the country. 

I’ve been designing and creating mostly one-of-a-kind engagement and wedding rings for clients from around the world for nearly 40 years.  I specialize in creating rings because I love hands and how each hand is unique and because of all that hands can do, express and create.  I choose to create mostly engagement and wedding rings because of their importance to my clients and I’m drawn to the fact that my rings will be around long after I am gone. 

Currently, I am teaching virtually and in person workshops in stone setting, gold alloying and fabrication and wax carving.   

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