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Please read the information below on our Southeast Federation of Mineralogical workshops for this year. This is our 41st year of offering outstanding Jewelry Making workshops in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. These workshops offer the best value available in week long classes that include instruction, lodging, meals, and lots of fun. The full tuition for all of this is less than the cost of a hotel! Look at the attached information and consult our website for more details. I look forward to seeing at one of our workshops.

SFMS Education Chairman

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One of the unique facets of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies is the Workshop Program, which offers members the opportunity to gather for week-long, hands-on seminars taught by experienced instructors. Whether you are a newcomer to the lapidary arts and want to learn the basics, or whether you’re an old hand who wants to learn something new or move on to the next level, the Workshop Program has something for you.  We look forward to seeing you in 2019.  

The SFMS Workshop classes are open to all SFMS members, all AMFS Federation members and anyone from the general public (additional fees will apply).

The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. These are held at Wildacres, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and at the William Holland Retreat near the small town of Young Harris in northeast Georgia. Both facilities offer double accommodations with a private bath. Twin bed rooms and a number of rooms with a double bed and a twin bed arrangement are available. 

A broad range of courses related to the lapidary arts are taught by qualified instructors from throughout the Federation.  All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops. 

The workshops are well equipped for common lapidary activities such as cabochon cutting, faceting, and silversmithing. Additional equipment is brought in when new or special courses are taught.

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