How did you get the info on the certifications?
I called Jewelers of America. I’m sorry, I don’t have the phone number
It would be a great FAQ to post on Orchid.
I’ll see what I can do, I’ll post it on alt.rec.jewelry as well
It does sound like there isn't a lot of latitude for
specialists- like levels of setting certification or engraving
certification or wax carving or enameling.
The database created will include specialty areas, and will be searchable
by retailers looking for jewelers with certain skill areas. Each level
will have a base requirement entry (the testing) with listed specialties.
It sounds great to me.