Pearl Knotting Seminar

Course Description

About this course

This class is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a true expert in the pearl trade -- Mary Stachura of Joseph Stachura, Inc., gemstone dealers who have traveled the pearl-producing countries of the Far East for more than 20 years. 

The focus of this class is to learn proper knotting technique and termination methods. Class will begin with an overview of the types and shapes of pearls: freshwater, saltwater, cultured, natural, Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, etc. The variety and treatments are seemingly endless! Students will then learn how to buy a good strand of pearls and how to spot fakes. From there, proper pearl care will be discussed.

During class, you'll learn several termination methods: crimping, attachment using a bead tip, attachment using French wire/bouillon (a delicate metal coil that protects the silk at the end of the strand -- like a tiny slinky), and creating an endless necklace with no clasp at all. The workshop will also cover possible design challenges and solutions. During the course you will have an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of pearls, directly from extensive inventory of Joseph P. Stachura Co., Inc. 

Meet the Instructor

Mary Stachura

For 18 years, Mary Stachura is one of the partners in the firm, Joseph P. Stachura, Co., located in Uxbridge, MA. Stachura specializes in selling natural gemstone material and pearls. She travels to Japan, china, India, Taiwan, Thailand and Sri Lanka to bring the best material to her clients. Mary states, "I have always been attracted to pearls - any type of pearl. We are fortunate now to have an unequaled range of pearls - Japanese, Chinese, South Sea, Tahitian; freshwater, saltwater, and natural. I have travelled to many countries in Asia in the past 20 years. And pearls have always called my name and tuged my sleeve from across a crowded room. Pearls have a natural and unequaled beauty; nothing quite compares to their smooth skin and perfect density."

Materials & Tools 

There is a $55 materials fee, which is payable directly to the instructor at class. The kit includes silk, beading tweezers, beading needles, glue, bead tips, clasps, nippers, and freshwater pearls.

If students have taken this course before and would like to supply their own materials, please make a note in the comments section upon checkout or contact Metalwerx at 781.891.3854.

Note to students bringing their own pearls:

You are welcome to bring any of the items above with you to class. Do not bring glass beads, as they are not appropriate for beginning stringers. If you have any questions, you can call Mary at 508-278-6525 or email  . If you are bringing your own pearls, please bring freshwater pearls that are 4mm or larger. While you can knot with any type/size of pearl, these will have more consistent holes and the overall size will be easier to work with as a beginner.

Students should bring 
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Optivisor if you require magnification
  • Good quality embroidery scissors or a pair of nippers
  • Clean hand towel (terry cloth works nicely)


$110.00 $104.50
5% discount until July 26

Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Mary Stachura


August 25, 2020


10:00 AM -4:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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