VGCC offers pre-Mother’s Day Hand-Stamped Jewelry class


Instructor Alison Beal created this example of the type of necklace that participants will make during the class. (submitted photo)

Vance-Granville Community College will offer a two-hour class that provides opportunities for crafting unique, personalized gifts, just in time for Mother’s Day. 

The “Hand-Stamped Jewelry” class is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until noon in room 7107 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. Mother’s Day is May 10.

During the class, instructor Alison Beal of Wake Forest will lead participants through the process of creating what are often known as “mother’s birthstone necklaces.” As this is a so-called “make it, take it” class, participants will leave with a completed piece of jewelry as well as skills that they can use later.

“We will use a circular charm, which we will personalize with the names of the intended recipient’s children,” Beal explained. “Each letter is stamped by hand with a metal stamp. We will also include Swarovski birthstone crystals and a silver ball chain. In the end, you will have created a priceless piece of jewelry for your mother, your grandmother or even yourself!”

Beal suggested that the handmade jewelry could either be a surprise gift itself, or a mother and child (16 years old and older) could take the class together as a pre-Mother’s Day outing. 

The cost per person, including all materials and fees, is $25.

Registration in advance is required, and the deadline is April 25. Prospective students can register online at or in person at Main Campus, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Emily McCormick at (252) 738-3300 or