New Year, New You... from Joanna Hardy to you.
I am extremely excited to announce the launch of Joanna Hardy's Fine Jewellery Foundation Course, with Learning With Experts, the world's first online foundation course in jewellery.
In eight video lessons, each around one hour, I discuss ways to understand and appreciate jewellery: from how to use a jeweller's loupe, to recognising hallmarks and examples of excellent craftmanship.
Photograph taken from Fred Rich
I visit the studios of celebrated craftspeople, including Shaun Leane and Fred Rich, as well as the workshop of renowned jewellers E. Wolfe & Co. to hear about the processes involved in crafting fine jewellery from the makers themselves. Pieces from these workshops are complemented by a discussion of historic jewels made by Lalique, Falize and Fabergé, all courtesy of Wartski, as well as the Goldsmiths' Company's highly important silver and jewellery collection.
Five lessons then focus on the gems: rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and the gem of the ocean - the pearl. We will discuss the inclusions and characteristics of each stone that makes them so unique and then how they have been famously used in wonderful jewels throughout history, aided by the beautiful jewellery of Bentley & Skinner.
Photograph taken from Bentley & Skinner
Suitable for everyone, whether an enthusiast or a practising professional in the jewellery trade. Every student benefits from a unique learning environment in which you choose when you want to learn and the level of feedback you would like from me.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in the classroom!