We run a number of two day weekend faceting workshop in Blaydon, just south of Newcastle upon Tyne, allowing 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

We are hoping to restart workshops in 2022 and will confirm dates soon. If interested, please do get in contact as we have a currently a waiting list for 2022.


All of our workshops are held at the Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon NE21 5LT. The centre has ample free parking, including disabled spaces and the centre has good disabled access and facilities.

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 facters will provide or you can use your own machine. Prices include a piece of gem rough to cut and gemstone faceting designs, as well as the use of cutting discs and other necessary equipment if needed. 

Hot and cold food and refreshments can be purchased at the centre or you can bring your own.

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 have the use of a machine and 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 provided by NE1 Faceters is used or a personal own 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 ne1info@btinternet.com or by phone on 0191 2362909.