Newbie path

Hi everyone, my name is Simone, i am 23 years old and i am trying to
start learning jewellery… i live in Italy, in Bologna to be precise.
Unfortunately I do not know the path to follow… can someone here

Hi Simone,

I’m sure you’ll find lots of help here. Unfortunately, asking for
help with learning jewelry is similar to asking for help with
learning food. There are so many avenues to pursue. What are you
interested in? Maybe start by looking around web site
categories Learning Center - Ganoksin Jewelry Making Community

(scan down the page) to get an idea of different categories.


Hi everyone, my name is Simone, i am 23 years old and i am trying
to start learning jewellery.. 

I have a couple of posts on this subject at my blog. Click the
category Education. It’s directed at a US person, but perhaps it
will be helpful.


Hi Simone,

You can self teach by learn through books and online forums, by
apprenticing yourself to a jeweller, or by doing an industry course
in your country.

You’re young so an apprenticeship would be a good option.

Being self taught is satisfying, but will take you longer, and some
of the industry insider tips wont be available to you.

Regards Charles A.

Hi Simone,

Unfortunately I do not know the path to follow.. can someone here

It depends entirely what options are open to you. What career paths
are open to new folk in Italy? Are there apprenticeship schemes,
trade shops, college courses? What is your situation with regard to
your stage of life and family responsibilities? Where do you want to
end up? You need to look at the options, and decide which fits best
into your personal situation and available finances, and which is
mostly likely to get you where you want to go.

Perhaps with a little more (nothing too personal of
course), people could help you decide.


It sounds that a “look see” at the Bench Tube section may serve you
well. Sit down and watch some of the videos… see what is out
there, AND then you must watch skilman… again on Bench Tube, but if
he doesn’t inspire you, then maybe it’s not the path.


Many people start learning jewelry by stringing beads. Many others
start with a basic metal smithing class. There are many other mediums
where people start learning how to make jewelry, such as metal clay,
polymer clay, chain maille, wire work, or something else. My mother
started by learning gemstone faceting, then graduated to silver
casting and then lapidary work. So, the material that you choose to
start with will dictate how you go about learning.

Most of my customers are bead stringers, but some are wire workers
and others do beaded thread work such as loomed or off-loomed seed
bead work. The majority of them are self-taught through books, but
some have taken a class somewhere. Most of them just stick with the
technique where they got started, but some do move on to more
advanced techniques. (I’m currently taking a basic metal smith class
to expand my knowledge beyond simply beadwork.)

If your goal is to make fine jewelry, such as is done with gold,
silver or platinum, then you really need some formal education to
master it. There is a significant expense in the initial equipment
set-up, and a classroom environment will provide you with much of
that included in the cost of the training. This allows you to
purchase your own equipment after you have learned what pieces you
will need first. Formal education also teaches you the correct
methods and safety practices.

You should start the process by identifying what kind of jewelry you
want to make. Perhaps cut out some photos and start a collection of
ideas, so you can define what techniques you will need to learn.
There may be many, but you should be able to see a common thread
among the designs that you have clipped. Take the photos to a
knowledgeable person and ask them what techniques were used to create
those pieces. Then you will know what you need to learn to get
started down your path of choice.

Check out what formal education is available in your area and sign
up for a beginning class. Even if it is just as basic as taking a
bead stringing class at a local community center, it will put you in
touch with people who are more knowledgeable than you who can help
guide you to your next learning step.

A lot of how you go about learning depends on your location. (I’m
assuming you can’t just pack up and move to another location to
attend school.) Here, we have classes available from the local
university, local businesses, individual teachers, libraries, clubs
(such as mineral clubs) and book stores. I’m sure there are other
avenues as well. So, you will have to investigate what is available
in your area.

Have fun, ask questions, try new things, and enjoy the journey.

Sun Country Gems LLC

You also feel more confident when there’s someone to hold your hand
(so-to-speak). You also get trade discounts, and insider tips.

You should start the process by identifying what kind of jewelry
you want to make. Perhaps cut out some photos and start a
collection of ideas, so you can define what techniques you will
need to learn. 

That’s a very valid point, and this can encompass your favorite
artist, something in nature you like, architecture, all sorts of

Jewellery is an art form, as well as a craft, and as such the media
is not limited to precious metals. These days jewellery can even mean
plastics, and all sorts of things.

Here are three books that I picked up recently :-

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewellery Making techniques

It uses mixed media precious, non-precious metals, rubbers, plastics
resins etc.

Button Jewelry & Accessories 22 Unique Projects

Personally I bought this to with a view to making the buttons or
plates in precious metals, or Mokume Gane. I’m looking at every
possibility, trying to find the most suitable medium for me.

The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-Color Introduction to
the Jeweler’s Art

I actually bought this so that I’d have something to read whilst the
car was getting serviced, the title is generic, so I wasn’t expecting
much. However I was surprised that the book contains a “lot” of
useful (that being a noob I simply didn’t consider).
Carles Codina i Aremgol has written a very concise book, that will be
very useful.

A purist may say that jewellery can “only” be precious metals, which
is tantamount to saying that painting is the “only” art, sculpture is
“only” craft (a comment that made me almost punch an Archibald prize
winner… I restrained myself, and so did the other sculptors in the

Have fun, ask questions, try new things, and enjoy the journey. 

That’s the most important thing. I don’t think anyone could really
argue with that (someone probably will :slight_smile:

Regards Charles A.

well… the options are somewhat complicated

i think the best solution would be apprenticeship… but here in
italy it is not a viable solution, as a matter of fact it is near
impossible… i could move from the place i live now but it would be
very complicated as i would need a job a home etc…

if it was possible to find an apprenticeship wich gave me a salary (
even thoug a really tiny one ) permitting me to pay my bills while
learning… well then i would move to any place on earth… but finding
such a situation in another country seems to me really complicated…
maybe posting something here on the orchid forum?

Weird… you’d assume that there’d be heaps of apprenticeships in
Italy, especially around Florence, with the volume of gold jewellery
sales there.

That’s a pity as that would be the best.

What training courses are available in Italy, do you have an
industry approved instuitution?

Regards Charles A.