A few years ago, I was invited to give a series of presentations on
gemstones to an adult day care center. Nothing fancy or extremely
involved, just basic properties, countries of origin, physical and
metaphysical properties - basically, something to fill some time. The
people there were often fascinated by the difference between rough
and finished gems and metals.
At the end of each presentation, many of the attendees were more than
happy to purchase a pair of earrings, ring, pendant, for either
themselves or a loved one. I usually sold a couple hundred dollars
worth of simple goods, but after I did a program on opal, the
director of the center bought a $2,500 pendant.
Elaine, perhaps this could be something your student could tackle. If
she isn't prone to stage fright, it would be easy for her to talk to
the folks at a local center about what it takes to do what she does.
At any rate, it's a great community service and a chance to not only
socialize, but make a few bucks in the process.
James in SoFl