JTV Virtual Experience

For all of us at JTV, the annual EXPERIENCE conference is the highlight of our year and 2020 is no exception. This year, we’re bringing the experience and excitement to you virtually at home and we can’t wait!

2020 JTV VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Dates: Thursday August 27, Friday August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Event Cost: $50 includes all classes, kits, supplies and swag

Registration:  Call 1-800-913-8114 to sign up now!

Don't worry, some things will remain the same as the on-site Experience. You’ll still register for up to six classes and be able to interact with the instructors and other students virtually. You will also be able to ask questions and connect, just as you have done during other Experience events.

As always, you’ll receive your favorite JTV swag, including your own canvas bag, yearly lapel pin, supplies for any jewelry-making class and those special, sparkling surprises you look forward to with every JTV Experience. Be on the lookout for a fabulous and fun swag package in your mailbox because we’ll be sending it directly to you!

What else can you look forward to? We’ll bring you nightly entertainment and unique interactions with JTV hosts, including games, discussions, Q&As and more that you can enjoy and participate in directly from the comfort and safety of your own home. We’re bringing the backstage perspective to you in lots of fun and exciting ways!

Plus, for the first time ever, you’ll have special insider access to EVERY class offered!

We're excited to announce that a video from every Experience class will be available to enjoy at your convenience, starting at 12:00am EST Saturday, August 29 and running for one, full week.

We hope you’ll join us! It is our privilege to open the world of jewelry and gemstones to you in this new and exciting way. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable, educational virtual Experience and even more so, to welcoming you back to our campus next year.

Name Class Title Description Time(s) Offered
Meredith Roddy Illusion Necklace Are you drawn to the idea of making beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces? If so, you won't want to miss this! You'll use beautiful beads and Supplemax Cord to design and make jewelry that is timeless and lovely. In this class you'll take beads, cord, and clasp and transform them into a single strand necklace that you will wear with pride. Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM,   1:30 PM
       
Meredith Roddy Marisol Bracelet Wouldn't it be fun to make your own jewelry? In this class, you'll learn the basics of wire wrapping with beads. You'll transform a pile of pretty beads and 22 gauge wire into a gorgeous bangle bracelet. You'll quickly learn to adapt the look with different colors of wire and beads. Good thing, because once you make one, you won't be able to stop! Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Wyatt White Elasticity Knotted Bracelet You have the basic knotting skills and know how to use the Beadalon Knotter. Now, step beyond the basics and learn the finishing techniques that will take your jewelry designs to the next level. Join Wyatt White to learn the nuances of using elasticity stringing material to make a stretchy, knotted bracelet. The skills you develop will help to give all your pieces a polished, professional look. Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Wyatt White Link Bracelet Wyatt White will show you how to manipulate 16Ga wire into distinctive links. He’ll personally guide you as you learn to attach them in a variety of ways to make a bracelet. This class will be packed with great information and infused with fun. Get ready to laugh as you learn. Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Katy Smith Memory Wire Hoop Earrings Think about the perfect earring. Envision lightweight gemstone hoops that are easy to wear with everything and anything. And, best of all, you get to make them! Join Katy as she shows you how easy it is to make your new favorite, and pretty much perfect earrings. Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Katy Smith Perfect Combination Earrings Your earrings should make a statement. Join Katy as she leads you step-by-step through the process of making statement earrings of your own. If you’re able to form wire using a nylon drum, you can be a maker. Your earrings should make a statement and after this class, yours will! Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Katy Smith Cherry Drop Earrings Katy’s Favorite Cherry Drop Earrings class is back by popular demand! One of last year’s most popular classes, this learning session will have makers falling in love with the pretty results. Katy’s signature cherry earrings are both easy and fun to make and to wear. Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Alicia Herzburn Quick Link Earrings They’re called Quick Links for a reason! In this class, Alicia shows how easy it is to create bold, colorful statement earrings. All you need are Quick Links, wire and a variety of gemstone beads. Vary the shapes, styles, colors and types of beads you use to create a look that is dynamically different and uniquely your own. Alicia shows you all you need to know. Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Alicia Herzburn Boho Component Cord Bracelet Boho chic is at your fingertips when you know how to create this trendy, component-cord bracelet. Alicia shows you the techniques you need to take wax cord, components, and a button and then transform them into a Boho component cord bracelet. Boho – it’s a look that’s always fun and always in fashion. Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Ryan Ashley Anderson Designing One-of a-Kind Ear Wires Take your designs to the next level and set yourself apart from other makers! Students in this class will learn to make three specific ear-wire shapes. You’ll also learn the tips and tricks you need to create your own, one-of-a-kind designs. Ryan-Ashley will show you how to make your designs as unique as their maker. Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Ryan Ashley Anderson Leather Macramé Bracelet with Small Hole Beads When you think macramé, does your mind travel back to flowerpot holders circa 1960? Think again! Join Ryan-Ashley as she takes you on a journey of texture and contrast in this class. You’ll learn to combine waxed cord with small-hole beads for a look that makes this bracelet very 2020! Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Ryan Ashley Anderson Minimalist Peyote Stitch Ring Have you dreamed of learning hand-stitched beadwork to create trendy, sophisticated jewelry? In this class, you will learn how to make a simple, speckled peyote stitch ring, plus you'll get some bonus maker hacks for incorporating this look into many of your designs. Thursday, August 27 11:30 AM
       
Susan Thomas Cha Cha Ring If you’ve seen Jewel School you’ve seen Susan’s Cha Cha designs. She makes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and even rings using this distinctive technique. We love the “dance” of this very popular look! In this class, Susan will show you the secret to the Cha Cha. You’ll make a simple Cha Cha ring, but you’ll learn a technique you’ll enjoy in a multitude of items for years to come! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to take your jewelry making to the next level! Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Susan Thomas Wire Wrapped Cabachon Pendant Do you love the look of wire-wrapped jewelry? Join host Susan Thomas as she guides you through the nuances of the craft. With half-round and square wire in hand, she’ll share the tips and tricks that make it easy for you to “wrap” your arms around this fabulous technique. You’ll graduate from this Jewel School class with a fab pendant to wear or sell, plus the knowledge to do it again and again. Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM
       
Michelle Owens Leather and gemstone tassel necklace and earrings Are you a maker? We invite you to take your jewelry designs into a world of textural contrasts and contemporary appeal. In this class, Michelle will take you through the process of combining soft leather and smooth gemstones in one statement-making, eye-catching necklace. The leather dangle earrings? Think of them as the icing on this very creative “cake”.
Join Michelle as she shows you how to create your own two-strand leather V-necklace with large-hole gemstones and metal components. And don’t miss the techniques for making those leather, dangle earrings.
Thursday, August 27
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
       
Michelle Owens Leather braided bolo triple wrap bracelet The bolo bracelet is a hot fashion trend. For jewelry makers, it poses some unique challenges. You’re invited to join Michelle as she takes you on a step-by-step, jewelry-making journey! You’ll learn easy-to-master techniques for braiding round leather cord to create your own fresh look in a bolo bracelet. And finishing is surprisingly easy once she illustrates how to complete a loop and stone closure! Friday, August 28
9:00 AM, 1:30 PM;
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM

Name Class Title Description Time(s) Offered
Claire Scragg Birthstones: History, Legend & Fact Gemstones have been treasured as talismans and for decorative purposes since ancient times. At least one gem is associated with each Zodiac sign and month of the year. There are even gemstones assigned to each day of the week. If you would like to know more, pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. JTV Gemologist Claire Scragg invites you to join her on a “journey of discovery”.  Travel with her to explore the fascinating facts and history behind some of our most revered and cherished gemstones. Claire will pay particular attention to the birthstones for each month of the year. As you learn about the history and discover the gemological properties of these special gems, you’ll develop a new appreciation for the characteristics that make them unique. See why they are treasured, whatever the astrological sign, birth month, or day they represent! Thursday, August 27 9:00 AM
       
Shelly Sergent America the Beautiful Shelly presented All-American gems during JTV Experience 2019. This year she's offering a new glimpse into the rare, beautiful, and unusual gemstones from right here in the USA! The Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection has a passion for American minerals and gemstones, as well as the lapidary artists and jewelry designs created here. You will too after this presentation. Shelly will help guide you to the American gems you should be watching for and explain why they're important to your personal collections.Bring a cold beverage, a hot dog and a slice of apple pie. Shelly will knock this event out of the park with Somewhere In The Rainbow! Thursday, August 27 1:30 PM
       
Shelly Sergent & Bruce Bridges Come Sail Away Please join Shelly Sergent, Curator for Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection, as she brings three continents of beauty to you! Shelly has invited experts in their fields to join the fun. You will not want to miss these episodes. Bruce Bridges, founding family of tsavorite garnet and longtime miner across Africa, will join the discussion and talk about his favorite African gemstones. Africa plays a vital part in the world of minerals and gemstones. Some of the most important stones traded today are mined in Africa. The legends, the history and the geology of Africa are fascinating. None better than Bruce Bridges to share this incredible message. We promise you will walk away from this seminar with a profound love of African gemstones Friday, August 28 1:30 PM
       
Shane McClure Ruby: The King of Precious Stones Mankind treasures the ruby. Royals around the world seek it and have done so for thousands of years. Some cultures, both contemporary and ancient, believe it to possess mystical powers, because its deep red color is reminiscent of blood. For example, there was a time when it was believed to protect the wearer from perils and to make soldiers invincible. Ruby continues as one of the most desirable of all gemstones. Large, fine stones can command astronomical prices at auction. Such stones are very rare and comprise only a tiny fraction of rubies that are found today. As mines yield fewer and fewer fine stones, we see more stones of lower quality. This encourages the development of treatments to make them look better. This, in turn, makes rubies more accessible to the public. Join Shane McClure for a discussion that will cover many of the most fascinating facets of a gem that has long been called the King of Precious Stones. Friday, August 28 9:00 AM
       
Christopher Clark Uncommonly Abundant Explore unusual forms of the most commonly collected minerals. Have you ever heard of a gwindel quartz? What is a scalenohedron, anyway? Does pinacoidal describe a tasty, cold beverage? Christopher will take you on a deep dive into the lesser-known forms of some of the minerals collectors love most. He blends his knowledge of gemology and mineralogy with a zesty sense of humor into a delightfully informative class you won’t want to miss. Experience the featured minerals — quartz, fluorite, calcite and tourmaline — out of the books, off the screens, and in the room! Christopher Clark, GG, FGA, ASG, is a Gemologist and Co-Editor of the Sisk Gemology Reference Saturday, August 29 9:00 AM
       
Elizabeth Gass Curator's Corner Tours Join our Collection Curator, Elizabeth Gass, and fellow rock hounds on a hands-on, behind-the-scenes tour of JTV’s exclusive internal collection. Let us be your guide to some of the most incredible loose gemstones, mineral specimens, and jewelry pieces that we own!  Walking is required. Friday, August 27
11:30 AM
       
       
Sunil Khinvasara & Natalie Tjaden Exotic Gems from Exotic Places with Sunil Khinvasara & Natalie Tjaden Take a virtual journey to the exotic state of Minas Gerais in Brazil with tour guides Sunil Khinvasara and Natalie Graham, who will recount their amazing adventures south of the equator in 2017. In the past, Sunil has walked our Experience guests through the many areas of the world where gemstones are sourced. They’ve guided JTV gem-lovers to Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and China. This year, Sunil and Natalie plan to take you step-by-step on their visit to Brazil in 2017. You’ll get information about gem resources in that country, one of the most prolific gem-producing areas in the world. From the language and vibrant culture, to gem tradeshows and even into the mines, you’ll hear first-hand about this gem-rich nation and the people who unearth the treasures we all love. Friday, August 27
12:30 PM

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