Precious Metal Arts was established in 1997 on Santa Monica’s historic Main Street. We have spent more than 20 years bringing practical and inspiring training to hundreds of aspiring jewelers from all over the world.
Instructor Peter Solomon brings a colorful depth of knowledge from a 35 year history in jewelry manufacturing arts. Trained in South Africa by a German master goldsmith, he worked in both large scale jewelry production and limited edition line creation before joining the teaching staff at the renowned Gemological Institute of America. Peter brings a unique blend of humor, creativity and practicality to both his own work and the techniques he passes on to his students.
Mary Edwards is not only Peter's partner in crime, but she is responsible for all things "back of the house" at PMA, including this website. She was lured from studying fashion design into her first jewelry job at 19; and the rest, as they say, is history. She has considerable experience in jewelry and small product photography, and also executes the less glamorous task of managing the business part of the business. Her preferred title is Cruise Director.
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Thank you for all the wonderful years on Main Street!
We hate to leave, but COVID has put us in an unsustainable position.
For the foreseeable future, Peter will be teaching online only,
so we've made the difficult decision to relocate and close our Santa Monica studio.
Learning is paused as we make transition to our new space, but we are looking forward to seeing you in our classes online soon!
Peter and Mary