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Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Course Number: 243JEAA220

Dates: Friday, July 12 - September 13, 2024
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Meets: F from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM , 10 sessions

Fee: $300.00


Learn the basic techniques of jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing. Students will learn basic jewelry fabrication techniques such as soldering, piercing, finishing, forming, forging, and bezel stone setting. Students are encouraged to work in sterling silver, which they will be able to purchase for approximately $95-$120. All necessary tools are provided. For new beginners, THE FIRST CLASS IS MANDATORY. Continuing students may work independently if they wish. Information on instructors is available at
Fee: $300.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 265.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00
Mandatory FeeJewelry Lab Fee$ 35.00

Thomas Beard

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(770) 448-3535
Tom's Classes

Tom began his jewelry career in 1974 when he opened "The Silversmith," a shop featuring fine craftsmen's work. There he designed, sold and repaired sterling silver and gold jewelry. In 1977 he moved to California to attend the Gemological Institute of America taking classes in jewelry repair, diamond setting, hand engraving and working part time in their Jewelry Crafts Department. Upon graduation from the Graduate Gemologist Program, Tom joined Tiffany & Co. His career experiences there included sales, grader and buyer of diamonds over one carat and Assistant Manager of both the Color Stone and Jewelry Manufacturing Departments in New York, NY. Since then, Tom has owned a goldsmith shop in Charleston, SC; worked 11 years for Maier & Berkele/Mayors Jewelers and five years at Neiman Marcus in their Precious Jewelry Salon. For five years, Tom worked as a metalsmith sculptor at Dillon Forge, a prestigious blacksmith shop specializing in architectural ironwork. Visit for pictures of past projects.

Photo of pendant by Thomas Beard

Tom continues to take additional courses as well as give instruction. This has afforded him the opportunity to work with designers, jewelers, blacksmiths, clients and students. Tom has assisted Julia Woodman, a Master Silversmith, and Michael Good at Penland School of Crafts metalsmithing classes. He has taught at Spruill for over 20 years. The American Gem Society awarded Tom Registered Jeweler, and Certified Gemologist, and Certified Gemologist Appraiser.

Photo of work by Thomas Beard Photo of iron works by Thomas Beard
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Date Day Time Location
07/12/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
07/19/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
07/26/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
08/02/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
08/09/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
08/16/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
08/23/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
08/30/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
09/06/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209
09/13/2024Friday7 PM to 10 PM RM 209


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