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About Rare Earth Studio
The Caribbean Islands Education Foundation was established in 2006 after receiving a substantial 2005 Virgin Islands Legislative Appropriation for scholarships and educational programs development relating to the immense jewelry industry.
The foundation evolved from the commitment of the Caribbean Islands Alumni Chapter of the Gemology Institute of America (CIACGIA), established in 2004, to bring education opportunities to the people of the Caribbean Islands utilizing the world renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA) educational program. Classes are offered through Rare Earth Studio.
Sign up for one of our classes below.
St. Croix (Good Hope School, Estate Whim, Fredericksted) – Intensive Workshops
Learn how to sculpt and carve the Queen Conch. Mette Laier returns…
St. Thomas – Rare Earth Studio – Intensive Workshops
Learn how to sculpt and carve the Queen Conch. Mette Laier returns. Don’t miss it.
Jewelry & Gemology I
Students will learn to apply the principles of proper terminology of the industry, and communicate using the vocabulary of the craftsperson.
Jewelry & Gemology II
This portion of instruction is outlined for the beginner and the apprentice and gives special attention to ring and other types of jewelry fabrication.