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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

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    Certified Master Jeweler                              1650 Hours           

 

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 course.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:


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.

 

Hands-on projects:

 

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

 

Chain Making: Fabrication of chain links, assembly, solder and finish of a handmade chain.

 

Bracelet Designing: Creation of original links by designing, building, duplication, connection, assembly and finish.

 

Ring Sizing: Practice of single and multiple ring sizing. Size enlargement. Size reduction. Use of the stretching and compression machine. Shank replacement.

 

Diamond Ring: 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. Read Full Description

 

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 with stones.

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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. Read Full Description

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 design.

 

Wire Bracelet: 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.

 

Filigree Design: 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.

 

Basket Settings: 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.

 

Designer Box: 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.

 

Monogram: Design and create a script lettering monogram.

 

Identification style 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 systems.

 

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.

 

Polishing: 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 objects.

 

Cleaning: Ultrasonic, steam, electro cleaning and other alternatives to provide final luster. All techniques explained and practiced.

 

Electroplating: 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: finishing touches: Florentine, satin, sand blasted, hammer finish, laser and diamond cut finishes.

 

Platinum: Special tools and personal protection. Preventing metal contamination.
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 the student.

 

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.

Jewelry School Diamond Grading Instruments

Important Information about this program:

At the end of this program the graduate students will be able to perform most jewelry making, repairing and designing tasks and have an understanding of the jewelry business. This class is intended for those students that wish to acquire skills to perform advanced tasks for the custom creation of jewelry required by most jewelry stores and designing studios with operations online as well as brick and mortar retail merchandising.

 

In order to obtain the Certified Master Jeweler Diploma you must successfully complete all of the prescribed exercises and obtain a score of 75% or more in the final exam.

 

The final examination score will measure your abilities, knowledge, trouble solving skills and speed.

 

NOTE: The "Certified Master Jeweler" Diploma is not a certificate of completion. It will not be issued unless you can demonstrate that you are knowledgeable, have complied with all the program requirements and can successfully pass the final exam.

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