Upon entering the space of Gem Addict Workshop, the walls are as bright as the polished stones set out like candy on a display table. Not only is it vibrant but welcoming too. This is a jewelry shop with a hands on touch, inviting you to mix both your artistic and industrious side. Brenlyn Flaherty says her addiction began when she took a silversmithing class and fell instantly in love. She found that from then on she couldn't stop talking or thinking about this new passion.
Her mother, Jennifer, recognized her daughter's enthusiasm and encouraged her to share her knowledge by offering classes. So in May of 2019, having no business experience, they started small and began with friends and family. Gradually, through social media and word of mouth, this mother and daughter team began to grow their operation.
They work primarily with sterling silver and stones that are sourced mostly from Tucson. The most popular items made by their students are usually rings and necklaces, but they have even helped people re-set family heirlooms. Brenlyn and Jennifer lead workshops in silversmithing where customers select their stone and end up creating an original work of art that they can wear out of the shop.
Brenlyn says she identifies with her customers' sense of accomplishment and pride when making their own jewelry. The experience must be catching too since half their customers are repeat customers, usually with a guest. The workshops are offered every evening and three more are held on Saturday. The workshops typically begin with a check in and you are provided with a menu of options to choose from. From there, people are shown the supplies and walk them through the process in a free flow fashion. The entire process of finishing a piece can take 2-3 hours and all ages are welcome. What emerges is a piece of jewelry as unique as the wearer. www.gemaddictworkshop.com