Jewelry Design & Repair Program Curriculum
The Jewelry Design & Repair program was developed by experts. You’ll start with the fundamentals and quickly advance to hands-on techniques, enhancing your creativity in crafting, repairing and designing jewelry pieces of all kinds. For comprehensive and convenient training, Ashworth College can’t be beat.
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.
Steam, ultrasonic, and hand cleaning procedures; building a plating bench; plating metals; finishes; brush plating; plating solutions and warnings; buffing and polishing techniques.
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.
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.
Sources of design ideas; abstract, realistic, and non-objective design principles; using themes to enhance your designs; design renderings; layout.
How to study more effectively and increase your productivity, both as a student and when you begin your career.
What makes a stone a gem; the four major gem categories; the four C's and how they affect value; identifying gems.
Tiffany, flat-top, fishtail, illusion-type, and star mountings: operational sequence; bead forming; trimming; milgraining; tube settings; bezel settings; variations; removing stones.
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.
Increasing your employability; organizing your job search; the interview.
Using quality modeling materials and waxes; additive and reductive modeling techniques; using layouts; methods for spruing wax models.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making a ring; enlarging and reducing ring sizes; shanking; prong repair; replacing worn mounting tops; installing new heads.
How to handle links, jump rings, and spring rings; chain soldering methods; repairing worn links or rings.
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.
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.
After completing the Jewelry Design and Repair program, students will be able to:
- 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.
- Describe the distinctive characteristics of different jewelry-making materials, including gems and other stones, precious metals, alloys, and nonmetallic materials.
- Explain the basic principles governing the design and production of jewelry items.
- 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.
- Identify and describe both basic and advanced techniques used to make and repair jewelry.
- 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.
- 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.