The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club offers classes in a variety of lapidary and jewelry making techniques. Each class is taught by an experienced instructor. All classes, with the exceptions of faceting and silver casting, are 6 weeks long and cost $30.00 for members and $60.00 for non-members. A materials list will be provided by the instructor before the class. Please contact the instructor if you are interested in taking any of the classes for the times and dates. For any other questions regarding classes or shop functions, please feel free to contact Cindy Teare at 970-462-6806 or email at

Lapidary Class – Cutting, grinding and polishing of rocks into cabochons.

Contact:  Cindy Teare at 970-462-6806 or email at

Precious Metal Clay – These are metal clays that, after the pieces are formed and put through the kiln, produce a piece that is pure silver, copper, bronze, or gold.

Instructor – Kathy Armour 970-243-8748

Wire Weaving –Wire is braided or woven into necklaces and bracelets.

Instructor - JoAnn Piburn 970-245-1669 or cell 970-778-5333 email

Chain Making – Making various types of chains with metal rings – silver, copper, or brass. A great way to learn how to solder.

Instructor - JoAnn Piburn 970-245-1669 or cell 970-778-5333 email

Chain Gang – People interested in making chains who have already taken a chain making class can get together to share ideas and create chains together. Leader – JoAnn Piburn

Silversmithing – This involves forming silver wire and sheet silver into rings, pendants, and other items. This is a beginner’s class.

JoAnn Piburn 970-245-1669 or cell 970-778-5333 email

Silver Casting – Learning on a one-on-one basis, for two consecutive days, the art of casting silver by the Lost Wax Method.

Instructor Jim Lynch 970-361-2123 or email

Wire Wrapping – Wrapping wire around beads, stones, or cabochons to make earrings and pendants.

Instructor – Joyce Trump 970-255-8045 or email

Faceting – Cutting glass or semiprecious materials into faceted gems.

Instructor – Connie Duncan 970-244-2984 email

Filigree – Scroll work and lace work in silver. Learn to prepare the wire as well as create fine jewelry pieces.

Instructors - Jana Burritt 970-257-1033 or email

Indian Beading Class – Learn how to string small beads just like the historic Indians do, such as hat bands, etc.

Instructor - Tiny Blasdel 970-778-0692

Intarsia - Cutting rock material and piecing them together to form pendants and other great items. Class size limited to four persons per class.

Instructor – Jim Lynch 970-361-2123 or email

Open Shop – A time to get together with fellow members to work in the shop on projects in the making. This is not a class time and instructors will not be present but people are willing to share ideas and information. Some experience with the machines is necessary. Larger rocks can be cut with assistance of the shop leader at $.25 per square inch.

Times – Wednesdays Noon – 3:00 P.M.         Saturdays – 9:00 A.M. – Noon

Cost - $5.00 per session         Shop Leader – Cindy Teare