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The best jewelry-making classes in NYC

Try your hand at beading, stamping, engraving and more at the best jewelry-making classes in NYC

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz
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Etsy, here you come. Once you take one of the best jewelry-making classes in NYC, you’ll be DIY-ing bracelets, earrings and necklaces with the best of them. No need to hit up overpriced boutiques or crazy sample sales in NYC anymore—you’ll have the knowhow to customize your very own bling. Complete your hip new look with a chic outfit from the best gift shops and vintage clothing stores.

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Best jewelry-making classes in NYC

Ever since Tiffany and Co. introduced its signature charm bracelet with a single heart charm in 1889, little girls have clamored for one of their own. The design has changed a bit over the years—remember the Italian charm bracelet obsession of the early ‘00s?—and these days, it’s all about a traditional chain adorned with bespoke charms. Delight the little girl inside of you by customizing your very own bracelet or necklace. Your instructor will provide all the chain, charms, rings and clasps you need to customize a personalized piece. $40

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Learn the tricks of the trade in this Fashion Institute of Technology course geared toward students who might want to turn their hobby into a side business. You’ll cover principles of design, style, color and fitting, while also practicing techniques like beading, weaving, knotting and stringing. $140

This class at crafting mecca Brooklyn Charm will teach you everything you need to know about making those raw gemstone pieces that are so on trend right now. Your ticket covers the cost of materials and your instructor can loan you pliers, wire cutters and any other tools you may need. Try wrapping your very own pale rose quartz pendant or shimmering druzy ring—how very stylish. $40

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This class doesn’t just teach you how to solder a brass or gold ring—you can actually set your very own diamond, too. Held at Ayaka Nishi Jewelry Design School in the East Village, the four-hour lesson will give you a thorough introduction to professional jewelry making, plus a very special keepsake to take home. $150

Once you’ve graduated from the simpler stuff, move on to the teeny tiniest beads known to man: seed beads. An advanced beading course at the Fashion Institute of Technology will show you how to wrangle them into herringbone, square, peyote and right-angle weaves—also known as the intricate patterns you see selling for big bucks at craft fairs. $140

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