You will find that there are jewelers on list who trained in
Europe. While that would be a fabulous experience, there are
things one can do in Amercia. They are;
- go to the Paris (Texas) Junior College which has an excellent
jewelry program. I know you already have a BA, that is
irrelevant to jewelry.
-go to Alan Revere’s Academy, take all the classes and get
-take all the bench tests from JA/GIA and get certified
-go to GIA, take their JMA program (I’ve been told Revere is
-get active in your local metals guild and meet jewelers
-persistance and sticking around help
-get a low skill job in the jewelry industry, learn the trade
-join jewelry professional associations, get to know people
-ask American jewelers if they can use an apprentice
-work for nothing or nearly nothing if you have to.
If you’re willing to go to Europe, I’d think you’d be willing to
do these relatively small things. Moving about the US, joining
up, working for free.
I have gotten a jewelry education in the US that is a mish-mash
of trade school, university, and more trade school, and
specialized art school. Plus two (paying) apprenticeships which
I got by asking.
It can be done, and it’s not even that hard.
Perhaps you would get more out of your European adventure
after more skills improvement here. Why France? I would have