In my opinion a jeweller should not be able to call themselves a
Master jeweller without absolute proof of the applicable skills.
What do you think
Well lets define it, all provided by wikipedia.com
Master, a fully qualified artisan or craftsman in a guild
A Guild is an association of craftspeople in a particular trade
Master Tradesman is a person who has a greater level of skill than
most in the licensed trades
Master Craftsman (my personal favorite) was a member of a guild.
In the European guild system, only master craftsmen were allowed to
actually be members of the guild.
An aspiring master would have to pass through the career chain from
apprentice to journeyman before he could be elected to become a
master craftsman. He would then have to produce a sum of money and a
masterpiece before he could actually join the guild. If the
masterpiece was not accepted by the masters, he was not allowed to
join the guild, possibly remaining a journeyman for the rest of his
life. Becoming a master was often very hard. In many guilds, the
master craftsman had strict obligations, one of which was to take on
an apprentice (or several depending on the craft) to ensure the
survival of the guild.Without apprentices, there would be no one
left to continue the craft.
Personally in modern times, the tem Master is bestowed upon one by
their peers in recognition of their expertice in their given
craft/trade. The term Master should NEVER be self appointed, unless
that person has gone thru the formal training (see above), even at
that point, it is bestowed upon them.
Asking a good budy of mine many years ago, who has been a self
taught silversmith/mosaic artist longer than I have been on this
earth, if he considers himself a Master at his trade, his remark
was very humbling. "Calling yourself a Master is recognizing that you
have accepted your ignorance and closed your mind to learn. When
others call you a Master, it is their recoginition that you excell in
your trade or craft and remain open to learning new things about what
Lastly, let us not forget....
- Jedi Master, the highest rank in the Star Wars, Jedi Order.