Free class offered at jewelry shop

MARQUETTE — Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers will host a free workshop on Diamond Buying on Wednesday.

Hosting the session will be Lacee J. Hartzell, a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that educates jewelers and others on a variety of aspects related to gems and jewelry.

Hartzell will review which factors go into diamond grading. There will be a demonstration of how florescence appears in a diamond and how to properly use a jeweler’s loop to look at a mounted stone. Attendees will get a chance to look at diamonds under a microscope.

“Finding that perfect diamond for an engagement ring or other piece of jewelry can be scary, and there’s a lot of information out there,” Hartzell said. “I want to use my education to help take the guesswork out, and make people more comfortable with the process.”

The class will be held on 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers. Registration is free. Class size is limited to 20 people, and will be repeated in the future based on demand. Registration is available on Eventbrite and in the store.

Hartzell is the sales Manager at Wattsson & Wattsson and a GIA Graduate Gemologist candidate. She completed the GIA Diamonds Graduate program in Spring of 2018. She is on track to complete the Graduate Gemologist degree in Summer of 2019.