Jewelry repair schools

I am trying to locate excellent quality jewelry repair schools.
I am also interested in knowing how most people enter the jewelry
repair business,


I went to Stewart’s International School for Jewelers in
Jupiter, Florida for the Jewelry Repair course. I was a retail
jeweler who was turning away repair work because I didn’t know
how to do it. Stewart’s gave me a firm understanding of the
repair business and I was able to do much bench work. With the
training that I received (I also took a diamond setting course) I
was able to then learn fabrication and now do a brisk business
making rings and bracelets.


I too am trying to find reputable jewelry repair schools…Has
anyone heard of South Alabama Technical College or Southwest
Technical College in Mobile, Alabama. If you have please
contact me at this site and give me the phone number and

Thank you,
Martha Bates.

In answer to the question about entering the jewelry repair
business, I am fairly certain that the majority of bench
jewelers working today learned primarily at the bench, on the
job. They most likely gained their knowledge either by sitting
next to somebody who knows more than they do, or by trial and

There are other metods for gaining the skills of jewelry repair.
Some people learn from books, although the one repair book that
has been available (by Hardy) was written in 1956. (I just
published a full color book, called Ring Repair, which is the
first in a series on repair.) There are also videos; Rio Grande
has a short series with some very good in which Ed
Friedman is the primary bench person. There are a few
professional jewelry schools in the country, some of which offer
instruction on repair.

Each method of learning has its strengths and weaknesses, like
everything else in life. Learning from a pro in an on-the-job
setting is fine, if you can find one who is knowledgable and
willing, with the time and motivation as well as the ability to
teach. Learning on your own is convenient and may seem
inexpensive but it can be frustrating and in the long run, very
costly. Hardy’s book is basically sound, but it is out of date
by today’s standards, and it requires you to read from line
drawings. The Rio videos are very good except you cannot ask
questions or examine the work, and the contents are limited.
None of these methods provides you with teach materials, rings,
chains and settings to practice on.

Schools: The advantage is that ideally you can watch a pro who is
an expert at repair, knows how to teach, wants to share his/her
knowledge, has the facilities to teach and the practice
materials to learn with. At school you can ideally watch, handle
the work, ask questions and then do the tasks yourself under
supervision. All things being equal (cost, time, convenience)
this is probably the best way to go. I would suggest that you
research the choices and weigh such factors as the faculty
qualifications, individual tasks that are covered and in which
materials, accreditation, relevance to the new Jewelers of
America Bench Jeweler Certification program, recommendations of
others, reputation, etc. I would place cost and convenience
last, not because they don’t matter, but because it is worth
spending more and going farther out of your way to establish a
strong foundation upon which you will build a career.

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market Street . Suite 900
San Francisco . California . 94960 . USA
tel: 415 . 391 . 4179
fax: 415 . 391 . 7570
web site: www.

I too am trying to find reputable jewelry repair schools…Has
anyone heard of South Alabama Technical College or Southwest
Technical College in Mobile, Alabama. If you have please
contact me at this site and give me the phone number and

Martha, that college is a branch of Bishop State Community
College, Located at 925 Dauphin Island Parkway, zip code is 36605
Their phone number is 334-479-7476 The teacher is Steve Lange

Hello all, I introduced myself several months ago, but haven’t
been actively participating. After having been an apprentice /
sales assistant / bookkeeper in a jewelry store for three years I
decided that I wanted to acquire more jewelry manufacturing
skills. I’ve been attending the Gemological Institute of
America (GIA) out in Carlsbad California. They offer a 6 month
Jewelry Manufacturing Arts program. I’ve got two months left.
I’ve been very pleased with it. The program rotates different
instructors through the classes. This is very nice because each
instructor has their own approach and specialty. GIA seems to
be mostly known for their gemological classes. Their marketing
of the other classes seems to be lacking. They have not only the
program I’m taking, but shorter specialty classes like enameling,
advanced stone setting, hand engraving, platinum, etc. Some of
these classes are even offered in different cities across the
U.S. Leslie

I have just completed the first of two repair classes at
Revere’s Academy, and couldn’t speak more highly of it. I
experienced highly professional instruction, combined with a very
comfortable, informal atmosphere that was very condusive to
learning. Materials, demos, and facilities are, IMHO, first
rate, and the instructor very generous in his offering of phone
number and email address in order to answer further questions.

I have taken many classes at Revere’s, and am scheduled to
attend a number more in the near future, and I always look
forward to returning to the city for more. Every class that I
have attended has given me well more satisfaction that I
anticipated, and that says alot…I have high expectations!

I would highly recommend Revere’s Academy, without hesitation,
to anyone, anywhere, contimplating furthering their education in
the jewelry field. I believe that it is well worth the travel
and expense, and that it is an experience that will enhance
anyone’s career and future.

Karen Olsen Ramsey