This Is What My Students Are Saying – REVIEWS


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  1. I did a pendant class with Jeanette. The moment I stepped through the door I was blown away by her incredible and beautiful big medieval like studio! As a total beginner Jeanette guided me step by step to create my stunning silver pendant. What an amazing experience – Thank you so much! I will be back for more!!!

  2. I just completed a silver jewellery beginners class with Jeanette and I have to say what a wonderful experience it was! Very educational in a fun, relaxing and beautiful environment. I will definitely be returning for more classes. It was such a wonderful sense of achievement to see a completed piece of jewellery I had made myself! The classes are small and therefore you can take in a lot more information and Jeanette is a very helpful, patient teacher 

  3. I completed the silver pendant class last week and it was a great experience! I learnt so much over the four sessions – Jeanette is very knowledgeable and explained everything really well. She was so helpful and I'm so happy with the pendant I made, will look forward to trying another class in future!

  4. I’ve just finished my second jewellery making course at Jeanette’s stunning studio at Montsalvat. Jeanette has taught me so many new skills, which I have used to make more jewellery since completing the course. The small class sizes and Jeanette’s hands-on approach, ensure everyone walks away with a piece of jewellery to be proud of, I absolutely love my pendant and ring. Thank you so much for passing on some of your knowledge.

  5. Thank you for the Makers Mark information and for a terrific month of learning and honing of new skills! As Cara put it today, you've made the course  and the 'making' process straight forward, approachable easy to understand. It was exactly how I'd hoped it would be, not sure if I would get impatient or bored. It was everything but and you left me wanting more! So that's always good!! I simply adore my pendant and think you're a fantastic teacher and highly skilled artisan. I admire you greatly. Again Thank you for everything and I look forward to attending your classes in future…all of them would be amazing!!

  6. If anyone is thinking about experiencing something special, then do one of Jeanette's classes. I made two rings and both my sons are wearing one, something I didn't expect. I can't thank Jeanette enough for sharing her beautiful studio and her talent.

  7. I just wanted to say thank so much for such a fantastic last four weeks. I have learned so much from you and I am still so very tempted to try and cram report writing and another of your jewellery courses in together. Your wonderful studio, your generosity and definitive expertise made the experience the highlight of my year and has reminded me of how much I miss being a fine arts student. I also wanted to say that the little pusher tool I made, short though it was, worked perfectly! I was able to easily set the green chrysoprase stone in the ring I made at home after sawing the side of the knob that was going to be in the way and finishing the sharp edges with emery paper.  Thanks for the encouragement – especially with my experiments at setting glass, I think I will go back to exploring those forms, the things I have learned with you will definitely help me to solve some of the issues I had with making them.

  8. My friends and I attended Jeanette's work shop end of January this year. We had the best time, all because Jeanette was patient, very knowledgeable, artistic and enthusiastic in our designs we wanted to make into Jewellery.  I found her to be a great teacher letting you have freedom to learn and find your own artistic flair. But at the same time sharing all her knowledge and know how on jewellery design/making to help us produce our own unique piece of jewellery which I'm proud to wear. Would definetly come back again to make more beautiful jewellery with Jeanette in her fantastic studio.

  9. I just completed the 'Complete Beginners Jewellery' classes, Jeanette was very helpful, experienced and approachable. I made a ring and a pendant, i asked a lot of questions, Jeanette did not hesitate in answering, it was a wonderful experience and hope to continue with extra classes.  Danny

  10. Thanks so much Jeanette for the incredibly enjoyable 4 lessons I had at your studio, what a magical place. It was lovely to meet you and hear your story too. Hoping to take another class in the future.


    Lucy Bransom 

  11. Jeanette's classes were perfect for me as a beginner. She takes you from start to end to create  beautiful jewellery that I was able to design myself which made the process even more exciting. I enjoyed my beginners class so much I went on to do her silver ring class and will be back to have private lessons for stone setting! Highly recommended to anyone interested in learning to make jewellery. Steph. 

  12. I recently completed  a four week class to make a  silver ring with Jeanette at the beautiful surrounds of Monsalvat. I was immediatly won over by Jeanette's good humour and ability to share her knowledge generously. Each class provided the opportunity to learn a new skill, and Saturday mornings quickly became the high light of my week. Jeanette guided the class with professionalism and  patience so each participant produced a beautiful and wearable piece of jewellery by the end.

  13. I couldn't think of any other place to learn the basics of jewellery making. The location is gorgeous and I felt at home as soon as I walked into the workshop.  Jeanette is a wonderful and very patient teacher and never batted an eye at my endless questions.  The course content was pefectly balanced between teaching various skills and techniques and also letting us have creative freedom to design our own pieces.  You know you are in good hands when you look at Jeanette's portfolio.  Stunning work.

    Thank you Jeanette for a very enjoyable 5 weeks, I hope to be back if you do another flush stone setting course.


    1. The classes and the experience were amazing. Jeanette shared her extensive experience knowledge and skills with the class and tailored her advice for the individual's own project. She was helpful and very patient with her students. The equipment and facilities were well set up and safety was paramount. I would recommend the class to anyone who wants to learn something new and make a gorgeous piece of jewellery. I will be back!

  14. Jeanette not only creates beautiful jewellery, she also has the ability to share her skills with patience, gifting each student individual guidance and ideas for unique designs, passing on her knowledge with passion and enthusiasm. I have only just finished the Silver Ring class and I am already enrolled in the Silver Pendant and Earring class. As someone who doesn't consider themselves "arty", I thoroughly enjoyed Jeanette's classes – and whether for relaxation and fun or as a potential career change, I guarantee you'll find something new and inspiring in her classes. 

  15. Complete Beginners Jewellery – I found the classes to be very usefull and interesting. The teaching areas are well set out, making it easy to complete the projects. The demonstrations are well structured and Jeanette's support and guidance was given freely and patiently. I feel I now have a foundation to build on. Best wishes Paul  

  16. Jeanette runs a wonderful informative class. I completed the beginners course where we were provided with a nice balance between structure and freedom to create. I made a ring and two pendants and would recommend this class to anyone.

  17. Yesterday, Jeanette tutored me in a private lesson, setting faceted stones, in her wonderful studio. From the moment I stepped in the door, I felt welcomed and a rapport with Jeanette. Generous with information and knowledge, Jeanette provided clear and precise instructions, which I found to be invaluable. With one on one supervision, I received extremely helpful suggestions, regarding my technique and handling of tools. I received valuable advice about the use of different torches, flux and set up of work stations.
    I highly recommend Jeanette’s workshops/private lessons.

  18. Highly recommend this class for anyone from complete beginners to highly experienced. It's a class of five and Jeanette is incredibly clever and gives everyone individual help when needed. Not to mention the classes are taken on beautiful grounds! Such a fun and inspiring experience jumping straight into hands on work.

  19. Jeanette was extremely helpful and knowledgable in my private lesson with her. She tailored the class to match and build on the skills that I already have, and provided me with many tips and tricks to get me started on my path to becoming a jeweller one day.
    She was also very helpful in suggesting suppliers and places to find the tools I need to get started at a decent price. I will be back!

  20. I have now completed two of Jeanette’s jewellery making courses and have loved every minute. Stepping inside her beautiful studio at Montsalvat is a treat in itself! Jeanette manages to break down complex tasks into simple step by step processes making the most daunting parts of jewellery making accessible to all abilities. The small class size means lots of one-on-one attention and results in a satisfying finished product with lots of new skills picked up along the way.  

  21. It was wonderful. I had 5 days of private classes with Jeanette as I live out of state. It was so very well worth the time and money to travel to Eltham Vic. Jeanette was a wonderful, helpful and patient teacher (as I was a complete beginner). Every minute of my time was filled Jeanette's teachings – no time was wasted and I came away with a head full of knowledge. Gorgeous studio set on beautiful grounds only added to the experience. Absolutely wonderful, I loved every minute, it was completely worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone.

  22. On Wednesday I dipped my toes into the world of silver jewellery making. I left home at 5:45am to head to the big smoke and spend the day with a master jeweller in her studio at magical Montsalvat.   I got there VERY early, I'm never late. I wandered the grounds, it was really cold and misty and a tiny bit eerie. I felt like I was in another world, a weird and wonderful world. 
    I knocked on the door at Jeanette's studio just before 10am and was greeted with a beautiful gentle English voice. Phew, I had been nervous about spending a day with somebody I'd never met before but I instantly felt comfortable.
    There was so much to look at in Jeanette's studio and I think I could've just spent a whole day fossicking around all of her bits and pieces. 
    What I did learn is that making jewellery is really, really hard work mentally and physically. I went there expecting to learn it all in a day and I got a very big wake up call.   I worked with a master jeweller who had the patience of a million saints and made me feel welcome and comfortable working at my own pace throughout the day.  By the time I finished just before 6pm, my brain and my body were sore.  I am so absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the day.  
    I need to learn so much more and could probably spend the next 12 months full time working with Jeanette and still not know nearly enough.
    Can't wait to spend more time at Montsalvat. Total RESPECT to all of the amazing jewellers out there.

  23. I attended the Beginners Jewellery Class at Jeanette's studio. Besides the breathtaking setting, Jeanettes studio is the most beautiful working space I can imagine. She introduced us to the world of Jewellery making with great patience and a very great ability to explain. After finishing the classes, I was very excited about the things we created. I decided to learn more about the fine art of Jewellery making. I ended up doing several private classes with Jeanette…..I couldn’t get enough of it. She truly is a gifted teacher and eager to transfer all the valuable knowledge to her students. I’m so happy about all the pieces I made during the classes and the skills I could acquire. Thank you Jeanette!  I hope I can come back to Australia one day and do classes with you again.

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