There is so much you can do with silver and gemstones! The design: The group is never more than four people. There is room to exchange ideas so we can design something truly personal. I have a lot of pictures of items my guests made. They might be useful for inspiration on what can be done in just 4 hours. After the designproces, we pick out the gemstone and the silver to work with. I have quite a collection of cabochons. The experience contains material for a basic silver ring and a gemstone. If you want you can also make stacking rings and use different or multiple stones. There can be an extra fee depending on the extras you choose. The making: Some people are pretty handy and are able to do almost everything themselves. Others want a bit more than just guidance. I'll be there to assist you in anyway you want. We'll be cutting silver, filing, soldering, setting stones, etc. and we'll be handling all kinds of tools. The ring: Of course you can wear it straight away and have something to brag about ;-) You will have your ring handmade by you in the heart of historic Haarlem, a fabulous and unique way to remember your trip! This experience is often booked by couples and some men don't like to wear rings, so they can make matching earrings or something else ;-)
After more than 20 years in the corporate world, I became an airbnb host in 2015. That same year I finished my training and became a gold and silversmith. Designing and making jewellery, just as I loved to do when I was a teenager. I was very proud to be acknowledged when I exhibited my designs in an art gallery Amsterdam, two years later. I have been making jewellery with my guests for years and they encouraged me to make it an airbnb experience. Next to two rooms, I also have two experiences on airbnb now. "Forge a silver ring with a gem", which takes 4 hours and "Forge a sterling silver ring or earrings", which takes 2 hours.
I have a large cookie jar on the table and sweets. There will be krentenbollen too. Krentenbollen are Dutch raisin rolls
There will be plenty refreshments available
Sterling silver and a gemstone. And all tools for a metalsmith. Hammers, torches, solder, acid etc. too much to list here. I…
We will meet in my 150 year old house on the canal, in the city center of Haarlem. (10 min train ride from Amsterdam) My studio is located on the ground floor overlooking the canal. I have a work bench with all the tools and material needed and a large table to work on. Since we are in the city center, I'll recommend to explore this beautiful historic city afterwards. Its famous for its architecture and many good restaurants
Don't wear too expensive clothes. We are going to work with torches.
When you want to earrings or a pendant instead, that is also possible. Please contact me when your group is larger than 4 people.
Forge a silver ring with a gem