Gavin Gilmore wrote:
David D. Arens wrote:
I've been following the Master Jeweler thread the last few days. As Richard
Laspada indicated there is a plan by GIA, JA & Paris JC to provide a series of
tests qualifying one as having some defined set of skills.
What I'd like to see is a publication of those skills required for each level of
expertise. It seems they should be published in all the jewelry industry mags.
That'd give them broad exposure and may even enccourage some folks to sharpen
their skills. The other question that needs to be answered is: Is there a 'hands
on' test or is it just a multiple guess written test? Where does one go to
An honest classification system, controlled by craftsmen, not marketeers can
only help the industry in the US.
Where did our apprentice system go anyway.I find it sad that the U.S.
no longer encourages apprentice programs in fact quite the opposite.The
cost of insurance and other expenses necessitated by government
regulations make apprentices very costly.At least this is the way I see
OK, OK. Having just done time as a jeweler in Sacramento, CA, I feel
confident in imparting the qualifications there to hang out the " MASTER
1. No chain solder can consist of less than 1/2 dwt of solder, nor span
less than one inch of chain.
2. Any sizing must deplete the overall width of the ring shank by no
less than 1mm.
3. One must develop an extremely condescending attitude towards all
others in the trade and treat them accordingly.
4. As opposed to presenting facts to your clients, you must try to
baffle them with techno-jargon *BS*.
5. Never, but NEVER, do a repair either to the best of your ability, or
in less than 5 minutes!
Ok, so we may never hang out our shingles as masters, but we may,
possibly, retain just a bit of pride and/or dignity. Mike