Thomas, I am a jewelry fabrication and gemstone cutting instructor
at the Boca Museum of Art School in Boca Raton, FL
(www.bocamuseum.org) about 25 miles up the road from the American
School of Jewelry. I have known Ed Zargon, who runs the ASJ for quite
some time and have toured his school. The school is impressive and
very well set up. Ed has also owned local jewelry stores as well as a
jewelry supply company for many years.
Depending on your level of expertise and experience, I am sure there
will be something there you will find informative and useful.
I have had several students in my own classes who previously
attended the ASJ. The only comment I would make from working with
them is, beginning students seem to come out of the school without a
level of basic techniques I would have expected. Their comments to me
indicate some basic processes are not explained sufficiently to
understand what is happening when they do it, especially soldering.
As a result they did not grasp the techniques adequately and were
not able easily apply them. But then, in general, I find soldering is
one of the most difficult techniques to grasp and for most students
it takes 3-4 hours of and 25 to 30 hours of practice at
various levels of difficulty before they even begin to be
Otherwise, if you have a good grasp of the fundamentals, you should
seriously look into the ASJ, as the school can offer a great deal!!
Unfortunately, my classes are only 3 hours each class a week and run
from 6 to 8 weeks. The ASJ provides for a much more concentrated
curriculum. Good luck and, if you do decide to attend, I would
welcome you to visit us as well to exchange Cheers from
Don in SOFL