Giving the gift of jewelry is a great way to say, "I love you," "I’m sorry," and "I didn’t know you couldn’t give a baby coffee." Speak through sparkles with this Groupon.
$49 for Half-Day Introduction to Jewelry-Making Class ($125 Value)
Aspiring jewelry makers use provided tools to grip and bend precious metals into a pendant or pair of earrings. Classes take place Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fine Jewelry Studios
Kristin Hanson began her journey toward fine jewelry-making mastery by walking down a path less traveled. Raised in a home where expression was encouraged, she spread her roots to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then she took a leap. She traveled to the wilds of Colorado to apprentice under master goldsmith Harold O'Connor, learning his nuanced, perfectionist techniques and method for training squirrels to be workshop assistants. Her studies then carried her to Florence and Tuscany before drawing her back to the East Coast.
Kristin's life-inspired works embody the contemporary with forms that highlight the innate beauty of her materials. Her trademark couture jewelry has caught the eye of such publications as Lucky and InStyle. In short courses and intensive programs, she hews to a teaching philosophy that fosters others' styles instead of encouraging copycats of her own. Except during special exhibits, Kristin handcrafts each piece in 60 Reade, her 6,000-square-foot Tribeca gallery, and specializes in conflict-free pink diamonds from an Australian mine.