One of the best colleges for classical jewelery courses id the Sir
John Cass College in London. The tutors are all practicing goldsmiths,
setters and jewelers.
The courses are really tough - they also work with apprentices from
the trade who take their City and Guilds exams.
These are horrific old fashioned examinations that make the students
replicate techniques from the 1800’s!
Once you’ve been forced to hand make a diamond cluster ring using a
saw and hand files you’ll never feel the same about Tiffany or Van
Cleef and Arples. Graduates of John Cass turn the rings over and sniff
at the piercing on the backs! it can be really rough, even on million
I did the Silversmithing, Diamond Mounting, Enameling, Casting,
Setting and Spinning courses.
Working with minimal tools and learning to make up complex settings
added enormous confidence to my design skills.
I hated every moment of the foul designs they made me do - but I
learned such a lot ( such as how to keep a saw blade for a week
without breaking it - and how awful it is to have to use half a blade
for the rest of the week when it breaks.)
Tony Konrath Gold and Stone firstname.lastname@example.org