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We run a number of weekend faceting workshops throughout the year. The current venue for hosting our workshops is at the Winlaton Centre (Blaydon, Newcastle).


These workshops allow people to cut their first gemstone or improve their faceting skills. A range of tuition options are available, prices and additional information is shown below.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

1st & 2nd October 2022 - all spaces with use of one of our faceting machines are fully booked, we only have spaces for those who can bring their own machine.

Workshop dates for 2023 TBC - expecting to be in March, July and September 

If interested in our workshop weekends, please do get in contact as we have a currently a waiting list for 2023.


All of our workshops are held at:

The Winlaton Centre,

North Street,



NE21 6BY.  

The centre has ample free parking, including disabled spaces and the centre has good disabled access and facilities. We have use of the centre's kitchen for making hot and cold drinks and we provide a selection of snacks, however you will need to provide your own lunch (a convenience store can be found very close to the centre for those who need it).

Tuition Options

There are different levels of tuition at our workshops, these are One to One tuition and General tuition. Both of these options can either be booked on a machine that NE1 Faceters will provide or you can use your own machine. Prices include a piece of gem rough to cut, a choice of gemstone faceting designs, as well as the use of cutting discs and other necessary equipment if needed. 

One to One Tuition

Once the initial introductions, health and safety instructions and start up period is complete you will receive dedicated One to One tuition with an experienced faceter. This will be on a machine solely for your use over the two days. You will receive the necessary tuition to enable you to complete cutting a gemstone over the two days of the course.​

General Tuition

For the two days you will be supervised by an experienced faceter who will instruct you on how to use the machine and follow the cutting instructions. The tutor will also be assisting others who are also signed up for general tuition, some of whom may have brought their own machines, rather than on an individual basis.


NE1 members  -  General tuition                   -  £37.50              a non  -  refundable deposit of £20 is required on booking.

NE1 members  -  One to One tuition             -  £75                   a non  -  refundable deposit of £50 is required on booking.

Non Members  -  General tuition                   -  £75                   a non  -  refundable deposit of £50 is required on booking.

Non Members  -  One to One tuition             -  £115                 a non  -  refundable deposit of £75 is required on booking.

Prices are the same for everyone regardless of whether a machine is provided by NE1 Faceters or a personal machine is used.

Please be aware that the price is for the two day weekend workshop and if you choose to only attend for one of the two days there is no reduction in the price.

For more information, please contact us through email at or by phone on 0191 2362909.

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