Jewellery Courses

Our jewellery courses will take you behind the scenes at the world’s leading jewellers to learn how jewellery is valued and how to appreciate historic, vintage and modern jewellery pieces. You’ll be taught by gemstone experts and learn about rubies, diamonds, emeralds, pearls and sapphires.

The course has been absolutely wonderful […] I am seeing my jewellery and that of my parents and grandparents in a totally different light now, it is truly fascinating.

Hannah

Your jewellery course includes:

An online classroom with up to 20 other students. Video tutorials led by jewellery and gem experts, with assignments to demonstrate your new skills. Lifetime access to video tutorials, notes and your online classroom.

How it works:

Sign up and join the online class. Watch video tutorials led by an expert jeweller. Practice as you learn with assignments for every lesson. Chat with to your fellow students in your online classroom.

Peer or Expert option?

Peer level – Enjoy the benefits of group learning, share your ideas and chat directly to classmates. Expert level – Includes personal feedback on your assignments from your tutor with advice and tips.

Meet Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy - Antiques
Joanna Hardy is an independent fine jewellery specialist with over 35 years experience working in the jewellery industry. She began her career training as a goldsmith at Sir John Cass College before working as a rough diamond grader for De Beers. She then became one of the first women to be a polished diamond dealer in Antwerp and then joined Philips the Auctioneers in London. She moved on to Sotheby’s and was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer for fourteen years and since 2009 has worked independently. Joanna lectures and writes articles for publications worldwide and is a published author with her books, 'Collect Contemporary Jewelry', ‘Emerald’, ‘Ruby’, published by Thames and Hudson and a contributing author to ‘Graff’ published by Rizzoli and ‘Cartier Panthère published by Assouline. She curates contemporary jewellery exhibitions and has recently launched her Online Foundation Jewellery School. Joanna is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee Board member of Gem-A, a Liveryman, Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

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Online jewellery courses – your questions answered

  • What's the difference between Expert or Peer options for jewellery courses?

    At Peer and Expert level, you get access to the same core content and features:

    • Video lesson tutorials led by your tutor
    • Downloadable lesson notes
    • Option to practice what you learn with lesson assignments
    • Group learning within an online interactive classroom of up to 20 classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes and classroom

    If you choose Expert level, you get all of the above plus the following:

    • Personal assignment feedback and advice from your tutor
    • Direct message your questions to your tutor
    • Certificate of completion
  • What is an online classroom?

    Our online classroom has been developed to allow you to learn from our experts in a sociable environment alongside up to 20 other students.

    After each video tutorial led by your expert, you will be encouraged to practice what you have learned with optional jewellery or gemstone assignments. When you’ve completed the assignment upload photos of your work or write up the assignment and submit. Your work can be seen by the other students in your class, who are free to share their own thoughts and questions with you.

    We recommend you take part in class discussion where you can discuss your jewellery ideas, share experiences, ask questions, discuss the latest equipment, post images or work, and comment on each other’s assignments. It’s a great way to learn the expert as well as from other jewellers and gem enthusiasts who share your passion from all over the world (and you never know who you might meet!)

    We’ve built our jewellery classrooms to enhance group learning with has been shown to greatly improve the experience of studying, and how well you retain the knowledge.

  • When can I start my course and how long will it take?

    You can start your course at any time. You have access to the materials for life, so you can re-watch the videos as many times as you like.

    Our courses are designed so that you can study at your own pace, some prefer to binge learn while others like to spread their studying over a longer period of time - it’s completely up to you. To give you a rough time frame, each lesson video is approximately 30-40 minutes long, and we recommend that you spend around an hour on each assignment.

  • How often can I speak with the Expert?

    If you choose the Expert option, you’ll have one week per lesson to chat to your tutor and to have your assignments marked, and during this period you can ask them as many questions as you would like.

    To find out the length of each course, head to the jewellery course page and look at the course outline to see how many lessons it contains. e.g. a four lesson course assumes that you will have completed the assignments within four weeks.

    Your tutor interaction period will start as soon as you enter the classroom. If you find that you are struggling to complete the assignments in the allocated time, just get in contact with one of the team via the chat icon at the bottom of the page and we will help you out.

Jewellery classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

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