I’ve been a bench jeweler for about twenty-five years. I’ve
worked in a wide variey of places: from very fine guild jewelery
stores to production shops. I’ve also had my own shop in Santa
Monica, California, where we produced hand-made, one-of-a- kind
items. At present, I’m an instructor of jewelery making at the
Gemological Institute of America.
I hope you will share your knowledge and experiences with the
I’ve been asked to mentor a 13 year old (this will be the second
time) and would be grateful for any insight. I’ve heard good
things about the GIA courses over the past 18 years or so and it
seems you have a satisfied student here on Orchid.
I mostly do fabrication in 18k, but had early training as a
modelmaker both in whitemetal and sterling and most of my
wholesale line is cast.