What is the course about?
The two-day course will teach you how to appraise gem-set jewellery and gemstones, to allow you to buy with confidence. There will be practical exercises, plus students will have the opportunity to bring their own pieces of jewellery for identification.
What will we cover?
- How to use a loupe to view jewellery and gemstones
- The different precious metals used in modern and antique jewellery, and basic jewellery construction
- Hallmarking – what it is, why it’s done and how to understand hallmarks
- The common gemstones found in jewellery including the certification of gems
- Identifying antique jewellery (Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco etc.) and how to spot reproductions/fakes
- Assessment criteria for jewellery and gems and what to look for when buying.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a loupe to identify hallmarks and assess jewellery and gems
- Understand the basic construction of old and new jewellery and the common precious metals
- Understand what a hallmark is and be able to recognise/read them
- Have a basic knowledge of the common gemstones and an awareness of treatments, synthetics and imitations
- Understand the important antique periods of jewellery, their common features, and how to spot reproductions
- Grasp the basics of assessing jewellery plus the common pitfalls and problems when buying.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to those wanting a refresher. It will interest anyone with a fascination for jewellery as well those who work in the trade.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and health and safety information. It will be beneficial if you can take part in informal group discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will take the form of a talk with practical exercises plus question and answer sessions. There will be many examples of jewellery and gems that will be shown around the class plus projected images. There will be time for students to show their own jewellery to the tutor who will identify it and appraise it. There is no work outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs or anything you need to bring. There will be gemstones and books on sale should you wish to take your interest further.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV121 Jewellery workshop after work: jewellery findings
VV362 Introduction to stone setting: casting with stones
VV616 Precious metal clay: setting stones.