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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

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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Jewelry I                                                   35 Hours         

Hand making of a Wedding Band

from scratch

Objectives:
From the minute you step in the class you will complete jewelry making procedures hands-on. You will learn basic and intermediate jewelry making techniques.

During this course you will create several pieces of jewelry.

While learning, you will complete jewelry making exercises designed to facilitate the learning of multiple jewelry construction and assembly techniques.

You will also perform and understand many of the tasks needed in order to start making and designing your own jewelry.

 

 

HANDS-ON PROJECTS:

  Custom Nameplate 3 letter design

  Wedding Band from scratch

 Ring sizing

  Solitaire diamond ring

  Use of jewelry findings

  Chain Making -fixing

  Installation of locks

  Construction of a Pendant

  Bail and jump ring making

  Setting of stones in prongs

  Polishing techniques

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  Melting of metals

  Wire making

  Plate milling

  Gold pricing

  Gold buying and testing

  Soldering techniques

  Solders

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM

Introduction to metals: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Learn how to obtain the different Karats and colors of gold. FTC rules and regulations, what jewelers are and are not allowed to do. Learn how precious metals are bought and sold. Units of weight.

Testing of metals: hands-on. Learn how to use acid testing techniques for separating the different karats of metal. Metals and oxidation. Handling of shop sweeps, fillings and scraps for maximum recovery.

Piercing, drilling and filing: Explanation and practice for the making of nameplates. You will make a nameplate by creating your own three single letter project starting from scratch.

Melting and milling: Use and adjustment of the jeweler's torch. Ingot making. Use of the rolling mill for producing metal wires and plates.

Wires: Making of bails and jump rings. Use of forming pliers and dowels.

Soldering: Soldering is immediately introduced into the program. Preparation and cleaning of metals for soldering. Students practice a wide variety of exercises hands-on.

Ring Sizing: Practice of single and multiple ring sizing. Hardening and annealing techniques explained and applied.

Chains: Learn to make a chain starting from an idea. Practice on fixing different types of chains.

Rings: Create and assemble a solitaire diamond style ring. Soldering of a setting.

Diamond setting: Three different stone setting exercises will be performed. Round brilliant cut stone in Tiffany solitaire setting, setting of a pendant and setting of a student built ring. Remove stones out of prong settings and re-tipping a prong.

Final finish: Finishing and marking jewelry in preparation for polishing.
Polishing with tripoli and rouge. Ultrasonic and steam pressure machine.

Explanation of procedures:
Working with hollow jewelry, general explanation of jewelry repairs. Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers.
Repair friendly and unfriendly stones. Finishes and Textures.

1. Melt

2. Pour

3. Mill

4. Form

5. Solder

6. Shape

7. Sand

8. Polish

9. Finished Wedding Band

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