I went to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) for the Graduate
Jeweler program and it was amazing. Its expensive but its great. The
instructors are fabulous and it was well worth the time and money I
put into it. I would definately suggest it to you. I did metals at
Indiana University and didnt like it but then again I prefer the
technical over the flowery "Imply the jewelry don't actually make a
wearable piece" bit. Also the Alumni Association for GIA is great
for making connections. I have a CAD/CAM guy, a caster, and a stone
dealer all because I was friends with them in my classes at GIA.
Great for networking. Plus you make friends with the other classes
and thats where you get Gemologist friends from. GIA also has some
amazing lectures on gemstones and tools any all things jewelry
Yea, I will always push GIA because I loved what it taught me, and
don't listen when people say such and such a place is better. Its
only because they didn't go and don't fully know. Each individual
school has its own merits and techniques for the same skill set. I
chose GIA because it had a great reputation. I got a lot of calls
because its on my resume. Im sure I could have done just as well at
The Revere Academy or some other school so I wont say GIA is a
better choice but I chose GIA and I am happy with what I learned.
Heres the GIA website url
Also heres the Revere Academy because I know it has a good rep too
and Ive met Alan. Hes a nice guy. I watched his vids and went to a
lecture at the Clasp given by him but that doesn't qualify me to be
in the know about his school so I figured Id give you the website
URL and let you choose whats best for you.
I have a friend who went to school in Kutztown PA for jewelry and
she does good work too. She got a BFA.
Good luck on your search!!