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Serious training for the professional jeweler or hobbyist

 American School of Jewelry provides training classes for the different levels of national jeweler skill tests. All offerings are not intended to qualify graduates for entry level employment, rather they are designed to provide continuing education and professional development for those employed in the jewelry industry

Jewelry I

Jewelry Design I

Design - Part Time

Wax Design + Casting

Stone Setting

Advanced Setting

Cert. Bench Jeweler

Cert. Jeweler Designer

Cert. Master Jeweler

Diamond Grading

CAD Design Intro

CAD Design I

 

 

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 Certified Jeweler Designer                              650 Hours           

 

This class was designed with the hobbyist in mind and for those who are already in the business and want to obtain more education to sharpen up the skills to prepare for the Jewelers of America second level of certification.

A large combination of projects must be completed to advance throughout the program. During the completion of the projects you will learn new jewelry making techniques that will increase in difficulty as the course progresses. In addition to all the hands-on work, students will be provided with theory in which pricing, buying, selling, workability of metals, testing of metals and finishing techniques will be discussed.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 

Introduction to precious metals

Platinum, Gold and Silver, Karat and Colors of gold and Alloys.               

Raising and lowering the Karat of metals.

 

Melting and preparing metals

Exercises to melt and prepare metals. Rolling and milling metals. Torch adjustment. Oxidizing vs. reducing flames. Creating an ingot. Learn to make plates and wires in different shapes. Tempering Annealing.

 

Hands-on projects: All projects must be completed within a prescribed time frame.

 

Wedding Band: Making of a wedding band starting with raw metals.

 

Chain Making: Design, plan and make links, assembly, solder and finish designers chains and bracelets.

 

Locks, safeties and hinges: Explanation of inner workings of clasps.

Making of hinges for bracelets. Mechanics and placement of a figure 8. Final assembly and high luster polishing for final presentation and delivery to the customer.

 

Ring Sizing: Practice of ring sizing single and multiple. Size enlargement. Size reduction. Stretching machine and compression.

 

Diamond Ring: After creating a band, pre finish and attach a finding to create a solitaire diamond ring.

 

Basic Stone Setting: Completion of basic stone setting exercises in order to understand the planning of jewelry models that hold stones. Prongs. Channel. Pave. Read Full Description

 

Lost wax and casting: you will be guided to create models starting with an idea and progressing into your own design. Read Full Description

 

Bezel design for cabochon stone: Planning, design, setting and finish

 

Pendant: Practice the sweat soldering technique by creating a custom designed pendant.

 

Plates and Nameplates: Two basic piercing projects will be completed and followed by several different nameplates including bold lettering and script nameplates. The piercing of plates will be practiced repeatedly in order to improve cutting skills.

 

Wire Bracelet: This exercise will improve the handling of the torch and flame in soldering multiple jump rings which the student create and form into a flower bracelet design.

 

Filigree Design: In order to develop a sense for creativity, the student will choose his/her own design and learn to work a filigree design with multiple solder points.

 

Basket Settings: The student will practice making wire settings for different size stones: round and fancy shape designs will be covered such as oval, marquise and emerald shapes.

 

Custom ring: custom made ring by first building a basket setting and adding a hand made shank.

 

Ring with prongs: Starting with raw metal, a ring will be created and prongs cut into the ring to accommodate multiple stones, resulting in a custom designed ring.

 

Locket: By making shapes for perfect fitting, adding decoratorís designs on the front, and properly placing a hinge system, the student will learn to create a pill box and a locket. Bail and closure will be designed by the student.

 

Monogram: Design and pierce a script lettering designed monogram.

 

ID Bracelet: creation of a fully finished identification bracelet starting from scratch.                                                                                   

Different exercises are included in this ID bracelet. You will make a curve link chain, a hidden lock with figure 8ís, an ID plate with a cutout name and tubing hinges.

 

Filigree Brooch: from drawing and performing an old-fashioned brooch with fine gallery detail and pin stem system and bail installed.

 

Hollow Dome Earrings: this exercise will prepare the student for working with hollow pieces. Soldering spring loaded mechanical systems.

 

Link Bracelet: construction of a bracelet with hinged links. Planning, design, assembly and finish

 

Coin Frame: perform an exact fitting frame for a coin, placement of prongs. 

 

Free Form Ring with Multiple Settings: finishing of pre-made freeform ring and soldering of multiple settings, setting of the stones.

 

Two Tone Ring: Theory and practice for the successful design of two different color of gold. Planning, design and finishing of a two-tone ring.

 

Tiffany Setting with Peg: After the finishing process of a solitaire mounting, attach tiffany style setting into a ring. Stone setting and finishing.

 

Scaling Down of an Object: Recreation of a live piece by reducing the size of an object in scale.  Planning and full assembly.

 

Mixing of metals with alloys and pricing: pricing of metals will be explained in detail and practiced throughout the whole course. Explanation in detail of karat and colors of gold. Alloys. Reducing and increasing the karat of gold. 

 

Findings and tools: Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers related to the jewelry industry will be introduced to the student.

 

Polishing: All finished pieces will then be taken through polishing procedures.

Caution exercised during the polishing procedures for certain pieces.

Practice of polishing includes lapping, and the use of Tripoli and rouge.

Ultrasonic, steam, electro cleaning, bombing and stripping. All techniques explained and most practiced. 

 

Plating: Plating will be demonstrated using solutions in an immersion bath by the use of a rectifier. Gold plating, rhodium plating, copper and nickel plating techniques explained. Hands on demonstration.

 

Finishing: finishing touches: florentine, satin, sand blasted, hammer finish, laser and diamond cut finishes. 

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