About the Instructors

 

 


 

Daniel Valencia and and the other Instructors have given professional jewelry instruction in Washington DC to hundreds of students.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Muñoz sold his first piece of bespoke jewelry in 2016, an anniversary ring of gold, silver, and colored gemstones to a renowned Miami photographer, a gift to his wife.

As an active member of the Florida Goldsmith Society South Chapter since 2014, Carlos has participated in multiple workshops on anticlastic and synclastic forming, and spiculum form, stone on stone setting, wax carving, and fabrication, among others.

He worked in architecture and interior design, as well metal sculpture, before pursuing jewelry design and metalsmithing full time in 2019 at Jewelry Class DC in their extended study program and working extensively with Daniel Valencia, assisting in his Metal I classes. Carlos is extremely well versed in all of the skills taught in Metal I, all students will learn basic metallurgy while using saws, files, flex shaft and torches to create beautiful jewelry.

Carlos Muñoz is fluent in Spanish and brings his passion for teaching and his attention to detail for the benefit of his students.

 

When Vera Meyer began making jewelry in 2009, she focused mainly on the art of enameling.  Her work was carried at Poppy Gallery (now closed) in Georgetown and the Enamelists Gallery in Alexandria.  She served 3 years as the president of the National Enamelist Guild.

She has attended a variety of classes and workshops, always looking to broaden her goldsmithing skills.  Vera has been a long time member of the extended studies program at Jewelry Class DC, and teaches the Electro-Etching on Silver workshop as well as Metals I and II classes there.