I cannot recommend the New Approach School for Jewelers enough.
My background, I attended college majoring in an art jewelry
program. I realized there was a lot more I wanted to learn that I
couldn’t learn in any college programs I had looked at.
So I looked into trade schools. Blain Lewis is a fantastic teacher.
The Graduate program teaches you to size rings, set all types of
stones in all kinds of settings. We learned ornamental engraving, and
worked in silver building a ring with 3 oval heads from scratch.
(from wire and sheet metal) Then we made a similar but better ring in
platinum and gold.
Blaine teaches the class all day 5 days a week for nearly 3 months.
He’s in the classroom with you for 8 to 9 hours. He gives great
instruction, using a video camera that enlarges what he is teaching
onto a tv screen at 100 power I believe. So the tiny things he is
showing are easy to see.
When I attended the school was still in Virginia and Blaine moved to
Tennessee to train employees at Tiffany’s main manufacture. I think
that says a great deal about his skill as a teacher.
If you have any other questions please email me. I’m happy to chat
with you more. The New Approach School was the best jewelry education
I have ever had.
Valerie Heck Esmont