About the Instructors

 

 


 

Daniel Valencia and Emily Marquis have given professional jewelry instruction in Washington DC to hundreds of students. Bryce Dexter is the Lead Bench Jeweler and Diamond Setter at one of the areas leading fine jewelry establishments when he is not teaching at Jewelryclassdc.

Daniel Valencia is a professional goldsmith and jeweler with over 30 years of experience designing, precious metalsmithing, and stonesetting. He has an extensive portfolio of original jewelry designs in fine metal and gemstones.

“I want to give the aspiring jewelry maker the incredible experience of transforming metal, as well as the techniques and knowledge they will need in order to realize their own design ideas,” says Valencia.

“My studio and jewelry classes have been designed with this in mind; small class size, professional benches, complete tool sets, and the right materials in order to give my students their best opportunity to produce professionally finished jewelry.”

Palladium hand forged domed ring with flush set diamonds

Palladium hand forged domed ring with flush set diamonds

14kt. gold brooch with modified bezel set diamond

14kt. gold brooch with modified bezel set diamond

Sterling square ring flush set with diamonds

Sterling square ring flush set with diamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palladium/white gold ring chased and repoussé, with a lovely demantoid garnet

Palladium/white gold ring chased and repoussé, with a lovely demantoid garnet

 

Hollow sterling pendant flush set with sapphires

Hollow sterling pendant flush set with sapphires

14kt gold ring with opal and diamonds

14kt gold ring with opal and diamonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forged 58.9 gram 14kt. chain with clasp

Forged 58.9 gram 14kt. chain with clasp

Handmade 14kt. white gold ring, bezel set with spinel and flush set diamonds.

Handmade 14kt. white gold ring, bezel set with spinel and flush set diamonds.

14kt. gold ring with bezel set aquamarine.

14kt. gold ring with bezel set aquamarine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryce Dexter is a professional bench jeweler and diamond setter who brings his unique skills to the Jewelryclassdc studio for those students looking to learn how to set diamonds and hand fabricate fine jewelry at a professional level. Apprenticing from a young age Bryce has studied with some of the premier diamond setters currently teaching. Bryce specializes in teaching graver setting of diamonds and will bring a variety of tips and techniques he has acquired over his years at the bench.image4

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Emily Marquis graduated Rochester Institute of Technology’s Metal and Jewelry Design program with Leonard Urso and Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez as her instructors. She learned to work metal both traditionally into fine jewelry, and experimentally for sculpture and function.  In addition to her academic experience, Emily is well versed in advanced metalsmithing techniques and creative metal design.  Emily currently works as a bench goldsmith at one of Washington, DC’s leading fine jewelry stores. Emily’s specialties are chasing/repoussé and raising. She will be able to offer workshops in these skills, as well as instruction in beginning and advanced level jewelry making and metal design.

 

red gem pendantsea urchingold eggshell pendant

 

 

 

 

EM pebble ring red

EM sculpture ring

EM wolf

EM orange ringEM link bracelet

heavy cuff bluehvy striated cuff