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Buying Colored Gemstones for Jewelry Designers


Learn what it takes to buy gemstones  (6) Session


This class is for aspiring jewelry designers who are interested in understanding the basics of  understanding how to purchase gemstones.  This class will enable you to attend a trade show or visit a gem dealer’s office and purchase a variety of colored gemstones with knowledge about both gem qualities and prices. You will learn the variations in colored gems’ colors and inclusions and how that affects their value. You’ll also learn to recognize a well-cut gem – and how to save money choosing less well-cut stones that are still quite beautiful. Finally, you’ll also learn about gem carat weight, and how that factors into its price. All this will be taught, using real-life colored gemstones and some simple, portable tools of the trade. You’ll also learn how to differentiate between natural gems, lab-grown ones, and imitation gems. Finally, you’ll learn how gems are priced, and where to find information on current gem prices.


In this class you will learn how to: 



Classes are held Tuesdays  – (6) sessions
February 13, 2018 – March 20, 2018     6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Price for this workshop $495.00 
No refunds after classes begin.

About the Instructor: Alan Brodsky  has been designing jewelry for more than 20 year.  He is a skilled model maker, and Jewelry teacher at Parsons School of Design and the 92ndSt Y. His previous collections were sold nationally and editorialized in W Magazine, WWD, Elle, Vogue, and Bazaar. Each collection was inspired by my interest in architecture, art deco, and the Bauhaus movement.  These collections were handmade in silver and in 18k gold. Currently, he uses cad/cam for design and manufacture fine jewelry and accessories.