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Jewelry design classes curriculum

Starting with the fundamentals of identifying and working with metal and precious stones, you will quickly advance to hands-on techniques for crafting and repairing jewelry. In fact, our jewelry design classes curriculum covers everything from the techniques and tools of the trade to recipes for basic chemical solutions. You'll graduate with an understanding of various jewelry making processes and how to create and repair a range of different pieces safely and effectively.

Curriculum Lessons

Lesson 1: Jewelers Today  

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 2: Your First Responsibilities  

Steam, ultrasonic, and hand cleaning procedures; building a plating bench; plating metals; finishes; brush plating; plating solutions and warnings; buffing and polishing techniques.

Lesson 3: Tools and Equipment  

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 4: Fundamentals of Design Theory, I  

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.

Lesson 5: Fundamentals of Design Theory, II  

Sources of design ideas; abstract, realistic, and non-objective design principles; using themes to enhance your designs; design renderings; layout.

Supplement: Time Management Guide  

How to study more effectively and increase your productivity, both as a student and when you begin your career.

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Program Description

The Jewelry Design and Repair program provides students the information needed to design, produce, and repair various jewelry items. The program also provides instruction on the identification and application of different equipment and tools used in the field and where these items can be purchased. In addition, the program covers recipes for basic chemical solutions essential for various jewelry-making processes and explains the precautions that must be taken to work in a safe environment.

Program Objectives

After completing the Jewelry Design and Repair program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the different positions available to trained jewelry professionals, outline the personal and professional characteristics of successful jewelry workers, and describe typical job responsibilities, including the special ethical considerations in this field.
  2. Describe the distinctive characteristics of different jewelry-making materials, including gems and other stones, precious metals, alloys, and nonmetallic materials.
  3. Explain the basic principles governing the design and production of jewelry items.
  4. Identify and describe the equipment and tools used to make and repair jewelry, including hand tools, soldering equipment, workshop supplies, and safety equipment, and identify the retailers and wholesalers from which such items may be obtained.
  5. Identify and describe both basic and advanced techniques used to make and repair jewelry.
  6. Describe how to perform basic jewelry making and repair work, including ring sizing; joint, catch, and pinstem work; chain and link repair; spectacle frame repair; hinge work; mounting repair; plating; stone setting; wax carving, piercing, and sawing; and wire design.
  7. Outline recipes for basic chemical solutions required for various jewelry-making processes and explain the precautions that must be taken to create and use such solutions safely.

Pursue a rewarding career in jewelry design and repair

Graduate in as few as four months with the knowledge and hands-on skills to work with metals and precious stones to create quality jewelry. With a diploma in jewelry designing you'll know everything from how to repair a broken chain to where to get quality soldering equipment. Whether you want to run your own business or work for someone else, our Career Tools can provide one-on-one guidance to assist in the career search.

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