Rainforest Gems Jewellery School

Rainforest Gems Jewellery School

Aura Jones our jeweller / silversmith has been making jewellery for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in jewellery making.

Rainforest Gems Jewellery School and Aura's workshop are situated in the Rainforest Gems Gallery. We are located at Tolga in the  spectacular Atherton Tablelands, 758m above Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Australia ........... We are a scenic tropical drive, 1¼ hours from Cairns, 1½ hours from Port Douglas, 45 minutes from Kuranda and 5 minutes from Atherton.


Modules 1 & 2 are designed for people who would like, or are considering taking up jewellery making as a hobby or career.

The other courses and workshops will help you to develop your skills.


Perhaps you are on holiday and would like to try your hand at something different, Polishing a Gemstone or Silversmithing - Learn the Basics.

Our courses teach you jewellery making with Argentium Silver, ie. silversmithing.

Silversmithing and Goldsmithing are basically the same. Yes there are differences, but once you have learnt to work with silver, working with gold will be an easy transition. As gold is seventy times the price of silver, it makes sense to learn jewellery making with silver.

Classes are small with only 2 or 3 students. We also offer individual tuition.

    Rainforest Gems Jewellery School use Argentium the finest quality silver​

      Module 1 - Jewellery Making - Silversmithing - Learn the Basics
      
      We will start with the basics, a short talk (discussion) about precious metals, gemstones, tools, gas torches and workshop equipment. Then it is into the practical, learn how to use a jewellers saw, make jump rings, texture metal, learn to solder and fuse silver, use a rolling mill and draw plate, make a silver pendant. On the second day you will make either a bracelet or bangle.

      Most students go home with two items, a beautiful Argentium Silver pendant and either a bracelet, bangle or earrings.

      2 days (14 hours)   -   $490.00 AUD pp   -   class size, min 1, max 3 students


      Class dates:-  2020 ...   13 - 14 Jun, 11 - 12 Jul,   08 - 09 Aug,  12 - 13 Sep,  26 - 27 Sep,  10 - 11 Oct,  24 - 25 Oct,  14 - 15 Nov,  21-22 Nov, 12 - 13 Dec    

      **  Note - There will be an additional charge for materials.

      Module 2 - Jewellery Making - Ring Making & Basic Stone Setting

      This module will teach you bezel (rub-over) setting and ring making.  You will learn about ring sizing, using a ring mandrel and how to make a bezel.

      You will go home with an Argentium Silver ring, with a bezel set stone.


      1 days (7 hours)  -   $290.00 AUD pp   -   class size, min 1, max 3 students   -  

      Class dates:-   2020 ...    15 Jun,  13 Jul,  10 Aug,  14 Sep,  28 Sep,  12 Oct,   26 Oct  16 Nov,  23 Nov,  14 Dec

      **  Note - There will be an additional charge for materials.

      Note -  Prior knowledge. To attend Module 2 you must have either completed Module 1 or have prior experience of the subjects taught in Module 1.

      The skills learnt  in Modules 1 and 2 together will give you basic silversmithing skills and basic knowledge for making silver pendants, rings, bangles and bracelets, together with bezel set stones.

      Cabbing equipment Melting silver

      Individual Tuition - Jewellery Making & Silversmithing

      Prior to booking for individual tuition, we will discuss with you, what you would like to learn.

      Full Day (7 hours)   -   $590.00 AUD pp   -  Half Day (3½ hours) - $320 AUD pp

      1. Please contact us to arrange a date.
      2. Then make payment.
      3. Complete an on-line enrolment form

        **  Note - There will be an additional charge for materials.

        Working with Argentium Silver

        Argentium Silver is brighter and whiter than White Gold, Platinum and traditional Sterling Silver. There are other advantages too, Argentium is highly resistant to tarnish, does not firestain, is Hypoallergenic and well-suited to those unable to wear traditional sterling silver.

        It is a little different to use, not harder to use, just different to use.

        This workshop is a transition workshop, for those experienced with traditional sterling silver and wish to use Argentium Silver. You will learn soldering, fusing and granulation with Argentium Silver.


        1 days (7 hours)   -   $370.00 AUD pp   -   class size, max 3 students

        1. Please contact us to arrange a date.
        2. Then make payment.
        3. Complete an on-line enrolment form

          **  Note - There will be an additional charge for materials.

          Polishing a Gemstone - Cabbing

          Try your hand polishing a stone, a semi-precious gemstone.  See it go from a rough lump of rock to a sparkling gemstone. You will be using a gemstone grinding machine, starting with a course wheel and working your way through to fine and then finishing with polish.

          1 days (7 hours)   -   $320.00 AUD pp   -   class size, max 2 students

          1. Please contact us to arrange a date.
          2. Then make payment.
          3. Complete an on-line enrolment form

            Note - Materials are Included.

            Make your own Wedding Rings

            How unique, making your partner's wedding ring!

            A day of discovery, you start with a flat piece of metal, gold or silver, then cutting and shaping the metal, adding a unique pattern, texturing or hammering. Then you will solder the ring together and finally polishing the ring to a brilliant shine.  

            You have a beautiful ring............ All yours!  

            On the way you will have used a jewellers saw, rolling mill, files, gas torch, ultrasonic cleaner, metal polisher and many other specialized tools. You require no prior experience and will receive expert tuition and assistance from our jeweller and silversmith, Aura Jones.

            What Style of Wedding Ring do you require? We will discuss this with you, prior to you attending our DIY workshop.

            Most clients plan to wear there wedding rings everyday and choose a style that is comfortable, hence a fairly simple design. Your rings may be plain, patterned, textured, hammered, silver or gold. They could be a combination of both silver and gold.

            1 days (7 hours) 

            Class size, just the two of you! - $270.00AUD  pp.

            1. Please contact us to arrange a date.
            2. Then make payment.
            3. Complete an on-line enrolment form

            **  Note - There will be an additional charge for materials.

            **  Materials

            ** Note - There will be an additional charge for metals and gemstones.
            Argentium Silver is charged at $4.50 per gram

            Classes times;

            • Full day start  09:30am, end 04:30pm with a 30 minute lunch break
            • Half day start 09:30am, end 01:00pm  or start 01:00 end 04:30pm
            Rainforest Gems Jewellery School use  **Argentium the finest quality silver​

             ** Argentium is the finest quality silver, famous for its natural beauty, high white colour and longer lasting shine. Traditional sterling silver combines 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper and rapidly looses its lustre and white colour.
            Argentium contains a higher purity of silver 93.5% and a patented formula that includes germanium, resulting in a silver that is brighter and whiter than platinum, white gold and traditional sterling silver. Argentium is highly tarnish resistant and simple to keep clean.

            Rainforest Gems Jewellery School is located in Tolga on the spectacular
            Atherton Tablelands, a scenic tropical drive
            1¼ hours from Cairns,
            1½ hours from Port Douglas and 45 minutes from Kuranda.

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