Hello how are you? I guess you are new here. Welcome… Anyway, after 28 years
at the bench i would probably consider you to be a master jeweler by this
time. However I do not know exactly what constitutes one as being a master…
Have you heard that (I beleive it is GIA ) there is now a qualification exam
one can take in the U.S. that qualifies a bench jeweler in one of many
catagories… Off hand I beleive the first catagory would be "Benach Jeweler"
the second is “Senior Bench Jeweler” and the third is "Master Bench Jeweler"
all being qualified on the basis of how well you do in the exam. This is only
what I have read. I do not know for sure really how it works… Check it out,
if you find anything interesting let me know, please. On the subject of what
people consider themselves, well I tend to get really annoyed when a Jewelry
Store owner advertises that they are Master jewelers… this drives me nuts, as
I have seen the work these people are putting out. Their work is terrible! I
take an extreme amount of pride in what I do as a Jeweler. I never let
anything out of my site until I would let my own mother wear it. And I am very
picky. There are very few good jewelers who care about what kind of work they
do for their customers around here. Sometimes I really think as long as they
get paid, they don’t care. The way I look at it when my work goes out the
door, I make sure that if another jeweler who knew what they were doing looked
at it, they would find no faults with it. I also realize that a jeweler NEVER
knows everything and that there is always room for improvement… I wish the
other jewelers in my area would learn to take the pride in there work that I
Well if you ever do find out when one is considered a “Master Jeweler”…let
email@example.comFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Roger W. Kitchens
Sent: Monday, October 07, 1996 9:20 PM
Subject: Master Jeweler
I keep seeing local advertisements listing the jewelers with having XX
number of years experience and calling themselves MASTER JEWELERS. Can
anyone tell me what the qualifications for being a MASTER JEWELER are?
I grew up in the industry and have been a professional bench jeweler for
more that 28 years. Does that qualify me to be a MASTER JEWELER?
Thanks in advance for the clarification.
Regards to All,
Roger W. Kitchens
Home Page: http://web2.airmail.net/rogerk