Alzerina Gomes

Teaches at Alzerina Jewelry

Jewelry and clothing designer Alzerina Gomes is best known for her creative designs utilizing Swarovski Crystals.  Born and raised in the remote village of Portalzinho Garca on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde, Alzerina received her first sewing lessons from her mom at the age of four, waking up her life-long passion for creating beauty. Alzerina left Cape Verde for Paris in the early 1990 where she learned the craft of jewelry making while living in Paris.  Alzerina fell in love with the Swarovski brand and it was at this time that the idea of becoming a jewelry designer blossomed. 

In 1998, Alzerina left Paris for New York City, in 2005 she launched her own eponymous company, Alzerina Jewelry, which has grown to have a presence in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Cape Verde.  Elegant designs, enhanced by the use of Swarovski elements and her youthful Alzi line of contemporary bracelets, earrings and necklaces flaunt a craft and style as unique as the women, herself. The organic simplicity of Alzerina Jewelry sparkles with grace and sophistication. 

Alzerina Jewelry can be found in fashion magazines and on the sets of Warner Bros. and Disney productions.  Numerous celebrities including Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, and Katheryn Winnick wear her jewels.  Miss Universe 2017, Miss USA 2017 and Miss Teen 2012/13 are among her clients.  Last year, Alzerina designs lit up Times Square when her products were featured on the NBC electronic billboard overlooking New York City's most famous tourist destination.

Alzerina’s hard work and efforts have been recognized well beyond fashion circles.  The American Embassy, Praia, Cape Verde highlighted her accomplishments as a woman entrepreneur two consecutive years at the annual Cape Verde International Trade Fair (FIC). Alzerina was recognized as Women of Inspiration in October 2016, for an International Talk Show in Lisbon Portugal by Adoro Ser Mulher.  She also won an award at La Jolla International Film Festival in July 2016 for her fashion skills. And in November of the same year, Alzerina was honored by the governor of the City Hall of Rome Italy, during a event in Rome with organization Kriol-Ita to help the Batista de Sousa hospital.

Alzerina received special recognition from the United States Congress toward preserving Cape Verdean culture in the United States. She also is the recipient of 2018 Somos Cabo Verde (We Are Cape Verde), distinguished ‘Diaspora Award’. 

On December 7th 2018 Alzerina receive the Merit Award from the President of Cabo Verde Excellency ‘Jorge Carlos Almeida Fonseca’ for her continues work  to empower women and kids of Cabo Verde.

Alzerina continues to conduct workshops for her contributions advantaged teens and she has been asked to represent a U.S. initiative to further entrepreneurial skills and marketplace capability for women in emerging African countries.

Alzerina remains dedicated to her craft and is always expanding her ideas and trying to stay ahead of the trends. 

Reviews of Alzerina Gomes

(47 Reviews)
Jewelry Making

3/10/2020
Pam P.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Pam P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

2/29/2020
Amina a.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Loved the class! It was so detailed and fun

Jewelry Making

2/18/2020
Christine C.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Christine C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

2/18/2020
Eloise O.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Loved it and I love my necklace! Wonderful and generous instructor.

Jewelry Making

2/16/2020
Andrea A.

Attended: Jewelry Making


It was great! There was only one other person so we got a lot of attention. All of the materials were supplied. I walked away with two bracelets and a pair of earrings! Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Jewelry Making

10/15/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


It was a fun class and a great teacher!

Jewelry Making

10/11/2019
Arthur B.

Attended: Jewelry Making


The instructor worked closely with me on executing my concept. She was helpful and encouraging. Small class meant lots of individual attention. Cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. I learned a lot

Jewelry Making

9/29/2019
Mimi Z.

Attended: Jewelry Making


It was a great class! The teacher is friendly and dedicated time to each of her students. I was very happy with the wiring technique I learned during the workshop! I will definitely want to book another workshop with her!

Jewelry Making

9/26/2019
Afsi K.

Attended: Jewelry Making


This class was wonderful. Alzerina is very lovely and it’s a very relaxed and welcoming environment. You pick your stones and make what you like, with Alzerina’s assistance. My group enjoyed it very much.

Jewelry Making

9/15/2019
Michelle S.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Michelle S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

9/14/2019
Janine J.

Attended: Jewelry Making


This class went well beyond my expectations in every way. The teacher was fabulous and we had a wonderful time. She had such great supplies, lovely bead selection and so patient. I love my necklace that resulted from designing with her beautiful beautiful offerings!

Jewelry Making

9/12/2019
Stefanie K.

Attended: Jewelry Making


This class was not informative or instructive at all. There was no structure, organization or any dialogue about the learning objectives that were in the class listing. The instructor was very nice and had a really sweet dog but it was not worth 1.5 hours of my time or $80. I made one beaded bracelet. All I did was string the beads. She put the clasps (is that what they’re called?) on. That was the part I was hoping- and asked- to learn. When I get a chance I will look into a partial refund. I think the bracelet I made was worth $2. And the instructor probably spent a total of 15 minutes with me. And there were only 3 of us in the “class.” Also there was no AC. It happened to be a hot and humid day and we were in her apartment on the 33rd floor. There was also no adequate space to use to make the jewelry. I can’t wait to go on YouTube to learn how to do this myself. I will not recommend this class to anyone and likely not use coursehorse again.

Jewelry Making

9/12/2019
Kate W.

Attended: Jewelry Making


My friend and I are still kind of in disbelief that we spent $80 on this class. The instructor spent almost the entire class helping one other person (a friend/return student), and would only help us if we basically begged her. She finished the jewelry piece for us vs. showing us how to do it so we didn't learn anything. There was also no AC and it was distractingly hot in her apartment. She also has a dog that is up in everyone's business, which was fine with us but might not be fine with everyone. We would happily return the items we made for a refund but we assume that's not possible.

Jewelry Making

9/11/2019
Michelle K.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Michelle K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

8/22/2019
Jennifer G.

Attended: Jewelry Making


I really loved the class. I got to make two awesome bead bracelets. I can't believe how beautiful they came out and I created it with Alzerina 's help. Alzerina provided a relaxing and safe place to create and learn a new skill/hobby. She show me what to do and then I began to created my blacklets with her help, suggestion, and guidance. I going to take a another class to learn how to do a necklace and earrings.

Jewelry Making

8/22/2019
Elle M.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Elle M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

8/20/2019
Emmanuella A.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Emmanuella A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

7/29/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

7/26/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


The teacher helped me create a piece that I love. I am grateful for the experience. She is clearly knowledgeable about her craft. She was patient and attentive to the students. The only thing that was a slight drawback for me was that the location was a bit difficult to find as it seemed to be a residence.

Jewelry Making

7/10/2019
Tracey M.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Tracey M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

6/12/2019
Maria E.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Class was really great and so was the instructor. Will take it again

Jewelry Making

6/6/2019
Nelly p.

Attended: Jewelry Making


the instructor was wonderful and i enjoy the class very much!

Jewelry Making

6/4/2019
Alicia S.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Alicia S. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

6/1/2019
Madeline E.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Madeline E. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

5/27/2019
Helen G.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Helen G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

5/26/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

5/9/2019
Alison B.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Alison B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

5/8/2019
Daphne M.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Small group, lots of learning options and super helpful and friendly teacher!

Jewelry Making Gold Enrollment Package

4/30/2019
Judy H.

Attended: Jewelry Making Gold Enrollment Package


Excellent class. I'm learning a lot about technique and equipment. Alzerina is knowledgeable, articulate, and hands-on.

Jewelry Making

4/26/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


Fantastic bead & material selection, beautiful teacher—a truly exciting place to spend an afternoon. I would have to take a few more classes to learn how to finish pieces—but I was very happy with the piece I brought home!

Jewelry Making

4/23/2019
Archana A.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Alzerina’s class was a lot of fun. Got to learn how to wire wrap & make a cool beaded necklace. Her disposition is so cheerful, it made the experience v.interesting. She was very encouraging and gave a ton of cool tips & info about what tools to get when you’re starting out with jewelry making.

Jewelry Making

4/4/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


It was a great class. There are usually not too many people on Wednesdays so it felt like i got a private lesson. Great experience

Jewelry Making

3/27/2019
Sandy J.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Sandy J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

3/26/2019
Lisa K.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Lisa K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

2/14/2019
Jonathan W.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Our class was great! Google Maps took us to the next street over, so make sure you're actually on 95th when you get to the neighborhood! It was a low-pressure, fun experience and my girlfriend and I walked away with some new skills and two fun necklaces (both for her). I highly recommend this experience.

Jewelry Making

2/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

1/23/2019
Lisa S.

Attended: Jewelry Making


What a wonderful experience this class was! I was made to feel perfectly at ease and learned so much. The choices of beads and materials was so extensive that it allowed my imagination to soar! I would highly recommend this class. I will be signing up for more!!!

Jewelry Making

1/19/2019
Lisam D.

Attended: Jewelry Making


The class was wonderful, and inspiring. I didn’t Really know what to expect. But when I left the class I was happy I took it, I learned so much in an hour and a half about jewelry it was just amazing.

Jewelry Making

1/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

1/16/2019
Senait D.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Senait D. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

1/12/2019
Lissa B.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Lissa B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

1/8/2019
Marie H.

Attended: Jewelry Making


I love it!! Super talented, lovely, and kind instructor. Very happy to meet Alzerina and to work with her. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Jewelry Making

12/18/2018
Ivie C.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Ivie C. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

11/3/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


I really liked the class! Alzerina provided examples and gave us freedom to choose what we want to work on during the class. As we worked on the bracelets she supported us without any pressure. Recommended!

Jewelry Making

10/18/2018
Iana O.

Attended: Jewelry Making


Iana O. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Jewelry Making

10/11/2018
Lucy I.

Attended: Jewelry Making


I was so exited! We had a great time on this class and I highly recommend to get this class with friends! A lot of fun! We made a friends bracelets :))

Jewelry Making

10/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Jewelry Making


I really enjoyed this class! We made amazing bracelets and had a lot of fun !!