Gary  Calvert

Gary teaches opal cutting in Des Moines, Iowa. He has taken opal classes at William Holland from Joe De Pietro, Sarah Lee Boyce and Cheryl Kasper. He has also assisted teaching opals with Cheryl Kasper at William Holland. Gary recently retired after 48 years in banking. Gary and his wife, Georgia, are dealers in gem shows in Iowa & Minnesota as Rising Sun Gems & Jewelry.

Class List

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Opals I - Common, Mexican and Bolder Opal Only - Gary Calvert
This class will use Common, Mexican and Bolder Opals only. Designed as a beginner class, starting with beautiful “common opal” in several colors, then onto Mexican and Bolder Opal. Kit included in lab fee. No previous class requirements, but you must wear eye protection: glasses or an OptiVISOR.

Lab Fee: $60.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $20+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Opals I - Precious Opal Only - Gary Calvert
This class will use Precious Opals only, starting with larger pieces and working to smaller higher-grade precious Opal. Kit included in lab fee (kit pieces are all Australian Opal from Coober Pedy, Mintabie and Lightning Ridge). No previous class requirements, but you must wear eye protection: glasses or an OptiVISOR.

Lab Fee: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $20+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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