We want to share our passion for jewelry with our students, teach them traditional and modern techniques through great classes, and show them how they can continue to make jewelry at home. We do that by offering accessible classes for all levels, patient professional teachers, flexible scheduling, home friendly tools so you can continue to practice after class, and in person or online classes.
Classes at Silvera Jewelry School are taught by a faculty of professional jewelry teachers and visiting master jewelers from all over the world. We pick our teachers for their patience and love for the craft, and their ability to teach, and to inspire and help students to improve. Our school offers friendly and patient instruction, and classes filled to the brim and beyond with good information.
It has been a great joy for us as teachers to see so many of our students go on to embrace jewelry, whether they start their own jewelry businesses, find happiness in their studios making jewelry for themselves or loved ones, or pursue careers in the trade.
Classes in traditional and modern techniques for all levels.
Classes range from beginning to advanced. No matter your skill level, from complete beginner to advanced, there is a wide variety of offerings, including casting, jewelry fabrication, enameling, metal clay, and stone setting. We also offer classes to help students start their own business.
Choose the classes you want. Make your own schedule.
Whether you want to study jewelry weekly, monthly or just take a class for a few days, we’re here for you. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon or evenings, and on weekdays and weekends. Access our classes in person at school or online. Once you take beginning courses, you can choose workshops based on what you want to learn and what excites you about jewelry. With our live online classes, you get access to recordings of each class for up to a year, so that you can make up work if you miss a class or watch when it’s more convenient.
Online or In Person Workshops
You can select from classes that take place in person at our school or live online classes through Zoom. Classes are live on zoom, so you can ask questions as your teacher demonstrates techniques - just like in person! Each of your online classes are recorded so you can review them after class, or watch them later if you miss class. Teachers offer online office hours every week so you can drop in and get help.
Home friendly tools so you can continue to make jewelry after class.
Why take a jewelry class if you can only work when you’re at school? We want students to not only take home their new skills, but also tools so they can continue to practice. We emphasize good craftsmanship, safe technique, and home studio friendly equipment and chemicals. Beginners start with butane kitchen torches, which are easy to use at home. Our teachers know a lot about this subject. In 2010 Joe Silvera, one of the founders of the school, published one of the first books on making jewelry at home: Soldering Made Simple: Easy Techniques for Kitchen Table Jewelers.
Close up views of demonstrations on screen.
Whether at school watching magnified views from the teacher’s bench on a big screen tv, or streaming classes in your studio, students can see close up details of the demonstrations in high resolution! Not worrying about being able to see the demo allows for better understanding.
Kit of Materials and use of tools included.
In person and online students receive a kit of materials to make the class projects. When you take an in person class at our school, use of tools is included and each student is assigned a bench full of them to use, including their own soldering setup, flex shaft, and good quality tools like a saw, files, etc. So you don’t have to bring heavy bags of tools to school - you can just come and take classes! Online students use our free videos and helpful tool lists with links to suppliers to buy tools and set up to work at home.
Class size is limited, so teachers have time to help everyone. In person classes have a maximum of 9 students. Online classes have a maximum of 15 students.
Location and Free Parking
Silvera Jewelry School is located at 1105 Virginia Street is located in world famous Berkeley, California, home of good food and art with a history of protests, individuality, and progressive politics. People in Berkeley are known for being open and welcoming, and our students from out of the area often enjoy exploring our neighborhood. We are located in the less crowded West Berkeley area, near hotels, AirBnB rentals, shops and restaurants.
Students receive discount codes when they register for jewelry suppliers, like Silvera Jewelry School, Otto Frei, Rio Grande and Art Clay World.
How to get started
Ready to sign up? Here are some tips.
Find a class. Go to our class calendar and browse classes by date. Click on a class to go to the class page, where you can see details like price, dates, description, prerequisites, and pictures of class projects. You can filter the calendar to show all classes, just in person classes, or just online classes.
Browse by technique. On the class calendar page, use the navigation bar on the left side to browse by technique, like casting, jewelry fabrication, etc. When you click on a technique, all the available classes will be listed.
Are you a beginner? Try our Intro to Soldering 3 hour class to see how you like making jewelry, or start with Jewelry 1 - Basics, which is the prerequisite for many of our classes. The skills you learn in Jewelry 1 - Basics (sawing, filing, soldering, polishing, drilling, bezel setting) will help you with other classes, like casting and enameling.
Beginner classes are often listed with a “1” in the title, like Jewelry 1, Metal Clay 1 or Enameling 1. Basic classes often don’t require any experience and are open to beginners. Be sure to check the prerequisites. If you see “Beginners welcome”, this is a class for you!
Prerequisites. When you go to the class page, if prior experience is recommended, it will be listed under prerequisites. Previous experience is recommended when a class will be too challenging without it. Students can take classes they qualify for in any order.
We can help you design a course of classes. Just call or email us and we can help you design a custom series of classes. Let us know what your interests and goals are for learning jewelry.
Register for online or in person formats. On the class details page, at the top and bottom you can find links to register for an online workshop or an in person workshop, depending on what’s available. Some classes are in person only (at school) or online only, or both.
Available days and times. Dates for classes are on the calendar and the class details page. On the class page, scroll to the bottom to see a list of upcoming sessions.
Sold out. Waitlist. If a class is sold out, it will be written in red at the top of the class page. It may be sold out for just one session, so be sure to check the bottom of the page for more dates available. If it’s sold out, there will be a link at the top of the page to sign up for the waitlist. If a spot opens up, we’ll let you know.
How much do classes cost? Prices vary by length of time, cost of any materials included and whether it’s taught by our faculty or a guest instructor. Click on any class on the calendar to see all the details, including price, formats (in person or online), and available dates.
Do I need to bring my own tools or any materials? In person and online students receive a kit of materials to make the projects. If any materials are required, they will be listed in the Special Instructions section in your emailed receipt. When you take a class at our school, use of tools is included and each student is assigned a bench full of them to use, including their own soldering setup, flex shaft, and good quality tools like a saw, files, etc. So you don’t have to bring heavy bags of tools to school - you can just come and take classes! Online students use our free videos and helpful tool lists with links to suppliers to buy tools and set up to work at home.
I signed up for an online class. Where can I buy my tools? If a class is offered online, the class page will include a list of the tools required, but you should use the supplies list that is emailed to you after registration. You’ll receive two emails - a receipt for registration and a second email with class info. The class info email includes a link to download your supplies list for required tools. The list includes links for each tool, prepared by the instructor, to recommended vendors. Always check the recommended tool to be sure that you have the correct one for class. Contact your instructor if you have any questions.
Does my kit of materials include all the tools I need for class? No. If you signed up for an online class and if there is a kit of materials, we mail that to you around 2 weeks before the class starts. It does not include any of the tools on your supplies list, which was emailed to you right after registration. (Students who attend classes in person at our school receive their kit of materials on the first day of class)
I signed up for a class, but I can’t find my supplies list. If you didn’t receive your supplies list, check your spam or promotions folder. Still can’t find it? Contact us ASAP so we can send it again. We recommend adding our email address to your email contacts list to help ensure that you receive emails from us. (Students who attend classes in person at our school receive their kit of materials on the first day of class and use of tools is included. No tools required.)
Do you offer certificates for bench jewelers? A bench jeweler is someone who typically works for someone else, like a jewelry shop or company. Some accredited schools offer degree programs specifically designed to meet the basic standards for repairing jewelry, setting stones, production work and finishing. We do not offer certification for bench jewelers. Many such programs have a narrow focus on trade skills and may not include basic skills in design or the freedom to make your own jewelry. Our classes will give you the skills to be a bench jeweler AND how to design and make your own custom jewelry. You can then create a portfolio of your jewelry designs and examples of your mastery of techniques to show to prospective employers. If you’d like to discuss your goals for a jewelry career or have us help you design a custom schedule of classes, please call us or email.