About Highland Spark

Welcome to Highland Spark, a studio for learning jewelry arts, located in central New Jersey.

The techniques you will learn at our studio are skills used to make jewelry since ancient times. These techniques, called fabrication, are the art of creating jewelry at the bench using hand tools to manipulate and form the metal. The pieces are then connected with the help of a heat source which is a torch. At the studio we work primarily in silver, although the skills you will learn are applicable to all metals.

Classes are given once a week for six weeks. Each class is three hours long. Registration is for one full session at a time.

 

What you will learn

You will begin by making a pair of earrings with a pierced design of your choice. This project will teach you the following skills:

  • measuring and marking
  • transferring designs
  • reducing metal gauge
  • sawing
  • piercing

Beginner soldering will be introduced, as well as polishing techniques.

The next project will be fabricating a single stone ring with a bezel setting. You will learn

  • ring sizing
  • forming bezels
  • setting cabochon stones
  • soldering
  • polishing

Depending on your progress, you will be able to start or possibly complete a third project of your choice. Possibilities are bangles or pendants.

Cost

The cost for the first six week session is $380. After taking two full sessions, the price for each session taken thereafter drops to $285.

Here are some past examples

Here are some sample rings made by students

Here are some sample third projects