The Art of Carving Pearls


In 2016, Betsy began teaching students how to carve freshwater pearls and these classes have been a hit.  Using dental-grade diamond burs, students complete three or more projects, including a finished pendant necklace, and have step-by-step notes, tools and resources to take home. Lunch breaks include slide shows and discussions about jewelry design.


Students need to bring:

  • Magnification/safety glasses


Kit includes:

  • White Silicone Polishing Points
  • Blue Silicone Polishing Points
  • Dental-grade diamond burs
  • Bud-shaped felt buff on mandrel
  • Optical-grade cerium oxide
  • 12-15 mm freshwater pears
  • sterling silver bead chain with snap clasp 
  • Illustrated class notes
  • Plus items to complete project, including markers, flat files, water containers, alcohol wipes, towels and sanding sticks.



2017 Pearl Carving Classes

  • Metalwerx, Waltham, MA April 7-9
  • William Holland School of Lapidary Art, Young Harris, GA April 23-27
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths, West Palm Beach Armory Center May 5-7
  • Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI May
  • City of Lakewood Washington Heights Art Center, CO Sept.
  • Michigan Silversmiths Guild Oct.


"Betsy is willing to share everything she knows -- one of the most important assets a teacher can have... she always delivers more than you ask for."


Helen Driggs

Senior Editor, Tools & Technical Editor, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist 2016



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