You can trace jewellery making back 115,000 years to a Neanderthal’s cave in south eastern Spain.
Thankfully the passage of time has been kind to us, and these days making jewellery no longer requires us to either dwell in caves, or invent entirely new branches of human culture.
Instead we can just pop down to Hatton Garden and visit the London Jewellery School. Don’t worry about taking anything with you, all of the materials required are provided (including tea, coffee, and biscuits). Just head into one of the small workshops, and be immediately transported back to your school DT class with rows of one-person work benches, each with their own set of tools hung up in front of you, ready to hammer, saw, screw, chisel and clamp.
The materials for you to get creative with include silver, wax, beads, glass and resin; with a variety of techniques and skills on offer such as carving, stone setting, beading, wiring, metal clay and, shockingly, jewellery making.
Courses are available almost daily and run during the day, in the evening and on weekends, so no need to stress about fitting it in around work – just check out their easy-to-navigate timetable here.
And if you really can’t decide whether if it’s for you, they even have a taster class to help you decide whether you’ll be pitching up a stall at your nearest market…
…or whether you should stick to the day job.
NOTE: London Jewellery School is open from 9-5, seven days a week. For more information, click here.
London Jewellery School | New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, Holborn, EC1N 8JY
Want to check out more workshops in London? Take a look at our creative workshop guide right here…