You can start with the NC Society of Goldsmiths,
All interested persons welcome (I even come up from SC!).
There are also active rock and mineral clubs in the Raleigh area -
check out http://www.amfed.org/sfms/
Then you can navigate to the Raleigh area clubs.
Also, the city of Raleigh does jewelry workshops at their Pullen
Park facility that I am told are very good. Plus NC State has
apparently just redone their craft area, and is getting ready to
Lots of folks in the Raleigh area - enjoy!
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio