I am currently studying Gemology though the G.I.A. I am also
working in an apprentice position at a small jewelry
manufacturing company in Chicago. I am interested in this field
as a career. Could someone please help me by sharing information
about good schools and education opportunities anywhere in the
U.S.A. I am 18 years old.
Try the Society of American Silversmiths for a good listing of
schools. A great list can be found on Bob Mitchells 1995 (not
the 1996) CDROM for metalsmiths , as well Lapidary Journal Buyers
Guide has a good list of schools.
It depends what you want to do and how much money you have to
spend. I like the Revere Academy courses (San Francisco), GIA is
good and they have at least one scholarship for their classes
(June Schwarz scholarship?) for young people who work for a
jeweler in some way who draw a jewelery design.
I strongly recommend Alan Revere's book 'Professional
Goldsmithing' as a great step by step self teaching aid for
professionals, same for his series of videos which he and Rio
You might note that the JA and GIA and Paris (texas) jewelry
schools have collaborated on a new set of standards and tests for
the jewelry industry, if you go through those you will be well
placed for the future. Contact these for more info:
Revere Academy Email
Jewelers of America site. good for consumers, a little
smarmy and sales-talk like, a little slow loading for my taste.
The Society of American Silversmiths (SAS), info, artisan gallery,
links, l articles.
The Gemological Institute of America site-very comercial but
See Jane Draw. A really nice site for metals/jewelry folks. Not to be
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