What You'll Learn
Our jewelry design courses and training consist of 17 comprehensive lessons. Each lesson gives you in-depth information that is indispensable to your career as a jeweler. There are also stimulating and challenging practice exercises to help reinforce key topics such as…
- Duties and responsibilities of jewelers
- Steam, ultrasonic and hand-cleaning procedures
- Plating metals
- The four Cs and how they affect value
- Stone setting
Lesson 1: Jewelers Today
Lesson 2: Your First Responsibilities
Careers available in the jewelry field; duties and responsibilities of jewelers; the work environment; traits of successful jewelers; the 'golden rule' of retail; shop and sales floor safety procedures; receiving a repair item; units of measure.
Lesson 3: Tools and Equipment
Steam, ultrasonic, and hand cleaning procedures; building a plating bench; plating metals; finishes; brush plating; plating solutions and warnings; buffing and polishing techniques.
Lesson 4: Fundamentals of Design Theory, I
The jeweler's benchtop, anvil, and illuminating lamps; beading tools; ultrasonic cleaning machines; steam cleaners; spring dividers; drawplates; emery paper and other polishers; ring shells; files; flexible-shaft machines; hammers; loupes; mallets; steel markers; polishing motors and dust collectors; ring stretchers; saw frames and blades; shears; electric soldering irons; soldering blocks; gold-testing needles; torches; tweezers; bench vises.
Lesson 5: Fundamentals of Design Theory, II
The three major steps in the design process; the properties of a design format; understanding line, form, texture, balance, and color as they relate to the components of design; the four methods of structuring a design; keeping a sketch book of design ideas.
Supplement: Time Management Guide
Sources of design ideas; abstract, realistic, and non-objective design principles; using themes to enhance your designs; design renderings; layout.
Lesson 6: Anatomy of a Gem
How to study more effectively and increase your productivity, both as a student and when you begin your career.
Lesson 7: Stone Setting
What makes a stone a gem; the four major gem categories; the four C's and how they affect value; identifying gems.
Lesson 8: Casting
Tiffany, flat-top, fishtail, illusion-type, and star mountings: operational sequence; bead forming; trimming; milgraining; tube settings; bezel settings; variations; removing stones.
Supplement: Job Search Guide
Five different casting methods; the advantages and disadvantages of various casting techniques; the process of lost wax casting; procedures for producing multiple casts from a single model; common problems encountered when casting.
Lesson 9: Model Making
Increasing your employability; organizing your job search; the interview.
Lesson 10: Know Your Metals
Using quality modeling materials and waxes; additive and reductive modeling techniques; using layouts; methods for spruing wax models.
Lesson 11: Fabrication and Forging
Antioxidizing, pickling, cleaning, tinting, and finishing solutions; tarnish remover; removing mercury and soft solder; using flux; testing silver and gold; determining the karat value of gold; gilding; acids; satin finish; lacquering; pearl cement.
Lesson 12: Joining Metals: Cold Connections and Soldering
Using a bench pin; handling the hack saw and jeweler's saw; cutting corners and straight lines; clamping large pieces; selecting the proper file; filing and shaping techniques.
Lesson 13: General Repair
Solders; fluxes; hard-soldering by flame, electric machine, and blowpipe; hard-soldering exercises; soft soldering; hard and soft solder methods for repairing bar pins; repairing hinges.
Lesson 14: Ring Sizing and Repair
Spectacle-frame repair; repairing scarf pins, ring mountings with filigree, cufflinks, bracelets, broken watchcase lugs, and costume jewelry; sizing an engraved wedding ring; tightening cameos and similar stones in pins and broaches; attaching safety chains.
Lesson 15: Link and Chain Repair
Making a ring; enlarging and reducing ring sizes; shanking; prong repair; replacing worn mounting tops; installing new heads.
Lesson 16: Designing With Wire
How to handle links, jump rings, and spring rings; chain soldering methods; repairing worn links or rings.
Lesson 17: Watches & Other Repairs
Measuring wire thickness; fabricating chain and bracelet links; double-link chains; how to produce jump rings; closing links; making a catch.
Secondary jewelry repair jobs; using ring guards; how to test and replace a watch battery; how to install and adjust different kinds of watch bands; machine engraving techniques.
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What You Get
Complete our jewelry classes online on your terms. Begin on your schedule, study at your own pace and get support when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can advance quickly.
The carefully selected content for our jewelry classes ensures a balance of applicable theory and real-world skill instruction. Your tuition covers:
- Beautifully illustrated textbook & study guides
- Jewelry tool kit
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Career search and time management guides
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of our jewelry design courses and training receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your career diploma from our accredited college will be a glittering symbol of your commitment to a respected, creative field.
Polish your Jewelry Design and Repair skills in our career course without delay. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.