This class was designed with the hobbyist in mind
and for those who are already in the business and want to obtain top level
education to prepare for the Jewelers of America 4th level of certification.
In order to attain the experience, confidence and
required speed you will need to further your learning by performing extensive
additional training and a daily repetition of the tasks learned during this
Introduction to precious metals
Explanation of the precious metals most commonly
used in jewelry making. Platinum, Gold, Silver and other basic metals. Karats
and Colors of Gold: detailed explanation of karat and colors of gold with hands
on exercises for pricing. The open market of metals. Alloys. Mixing of metals
with alloys Raising and lowering of karat gold. Precious metal pricing explained
in detail and calculated. Reducing and increasing the karat of gold.
Preparation of metals
Melting. Alloying, Rolling and Stretching metals.
Torch adjustment. Oxidizing vs. reducing flames. Creating ingots. Plates and
wires. Tempering and annealing.
Making of a half round wedding band starting with
Fabrication of chain links, assembly, solder and
finish of a handmade chain.
Creation of original links by designing,
building, duplication, connection, assembly and finish.
Practice of single and multiple ring sizing. Size
enlargement. Size reduction. Use of the stretching and compression machine.
creation of a handmade ring and attachment of a
finding to create a solitaire diamond ring.
Basic Stone Setting:
Completion of multiple stone setting exercises.
From basic round stone shapes to most common fancy shaped gemstones (Oval,
Emerald, Pear, Trillion, Baguette, Marquise, etc.) These techniques include
Prong, Channel, Burnishing and Pave stone setting styles.
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Advanced Stone Setting:
Practice of advanced diamond setting techniques.
Pave in two beads. Graver design. Complex layouts. Advanced stone setting tasks
are introduced and practiced. Layout and planning of jewelry models for designs
Lost wax and casting:
Completion of the “Wax Design and Casting” course
to understand and perform designing techniques for lost wax and three
dimensional modeling. This course includes the creation of jewelry designs and
the instruction for developing complete jewelry lines starting from an idea and
progressing into the production of your own designs.
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Bezel pendant design for cabochon stone: Practice
the sweat soldering technique by creating a custom designed pendant. Planning,
design, setting and finish.
Custom designs and
Nameplates: Metal piercing projects starting with
simple nameplates, script, bold and free style. Techniques to produce from
simple to complex layouts. Starting with a drawing and progressing into your own
This exercise will improve the handling and flame
adjustments of the torch. Starting from raw metals, after forming, cutting,
assembly by multiple soldering techniques, multiple jump rings and other forms
of metal shapes are used to create a custom made fabricated bracelet.
In order to develop precision and control for the
shaping of metal wires and to learn how to design and better control multiple
attachments, a filigree design is provided for custom creating and assembly with
multiple solder points.
Practice the making of wire settings for
different sizes and round, oval, marquise and emerald shaped gemstones. This
method provides a sense of symmetry and reinforces the control of heat for a
multiple attachment in a small distance as well as introducing new soldering
techniques and props.
Custom ring for an oval
shaped gemstone: Build a custom made ring by
constructing a basket setting with precise measurements for the given stone.
Follow directions to precisely produce the metals used for the creation. Form a
handmade ring and assemble into a custom made creation by adding your own
signature design final touches.
By making perfect fitting shapes, adding
decorator’s designs and properly placing a hinge system when the design requires
it, fabricate a pill box or locket. Bail and closure attachment to be designed
by the student.
Design and create a script lettering monogram.
Bracelet: creation of a fully finished
identification bracelet starting from scratch.
Different exercises are included in this ID
bracelet. Handmade link chain, hidden lock, figure 8’s, and ID plate with tubing
hinges and cutout design.
Antique reproduction of
a Filigree Brooch: Start from an inspiring idea
and move on to drawing, layout and perform a complete antique reproduction of a
brooch with complex symmetrical precision piercing, fine gallery detail.
Installation of a pin system and bail.
Designer Hollow Dome
Earrings: This exercise provides training for
working with hollow jewelry pieces. Design, layout and execution of a designer
pair of earrings, starting with the preparation of metal, layout, assembly and
creation of a unique design. Installation of spring loaded Omega mechanical
Custom made Link
Bracelet: Given an outline, you will construct a
custom made bracelet by preparing and installing hinges, creating each
individual link and going through the designing and construction stages:
Designing, planning, assembly and finishing.
Frame for a pendant or
coin: Starting from an idea, you will create a
custom design to frame with an outline and four prongs. Learn how to build a
frame, the steps to follow and the positioning and technique for setting a
pendant or a coin.
Free Form Ring with
Multiple Settings: Starting with a raw casting,
you will learn to file, sand and finish a freeform ring. After multiple ring
sizing exercises are completed, stone setting findings are attached and the
stones are properly placed and set.
Two Tone Ring:
Basic design of two different colors of metals.
This exercise is designed to help understand the sequence and colors of metals
for jewelry designs and construction.
Tiffany Setting with
Peg: After the finishing process of a solitaire
ring mounting, a Tiffany style setting is properly placed and attached. Stone
setting and finishing.
Scaling a real life
object into a miniature custom design: starting
with a blueprint or a live piece all measurements must be calculated and
duplicated in scale with the given metals to fully recreate a live piece object
in perfect scale. From selecting, planning and full assembly.
Findings and tools:
Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers
related to the jewelry industry will be introduced to the student.
All finished pieces will go through polishing
procedures. Caution exercised during the polishing steps for certain pieces.
Practice of polishing include step by step finishing tasks. Safety rules and
Ultrasonic, steam, electro cleaning and other
alternatives to provide final luster. All techniques explained and practiced.
Plating demonstrated by the use of solutions in
an immersion bath. Use of a plating rectifier machine. Gold plating, rhodium
plating, copper and nickel plating techniques.
finishing touches: Florentine, satin, sand
blasted, hammer finish, laser and diamond cut finishes.
Special tools and personal protection. Preventing
Handling of platinum scrap and filings. Melting. Soldering, brazing and welding.
The platinum group of metals. Stone safety. Properties of solders.
Soldering gold to platinum, solders you should use.
Metal stress relief and sequence of finishing. Setting stones in platinum and
why it is considered a dead metal. Finishing techniques. The marking laws.
Fabricate and size a platinum band with no visible lines in the joints.
Soldering of platinum findings. Platinum stone setting.
Note: the cost of the Platinum metal and solders
are not included in the cost of the course and must be purchased separately by
Additional exercises to
master the program:
Through an extensive set of additional jewelry
making projects, a higher degree of complexity is added to drill and master many
tasks completed during the preparation cycle of the program.
Custom making jewelry
starting from a blue print
Additional practice of more than 50 projects,
most require stone setting layout and performance. These projects are practical
exercises of diverse stone setting styles classes with a more in depth required
level for detail and complexity.
Most of the pieces handled in this segment must be created by the student.
Jewelry Repairs - Additional projects
Additional practice of jewelry work include
repairs, assembly and finishing. Ring sizing with increasing degree of
difficulty. Replacement and repair of hinges and locks. Use and understanding of
findings. Soldering and assembly. Re-tipping and re placement of prongs.
The Jewelry Business
Jewelry store operations. Industry sources.
Wholesalers, Transactions. Security. Marketing tools.
Interactive sales training with hands-on costing
and basic jewelry appraising guidance.
Costs. Suppliers. Resources. Organizations.