Classes & Courses

PLATINUM DAY TO PREMIERE AT MJSA EXPO/NEW YORK

Platinum Day 1995 will give jewelry industry professionals a chance to learn more about working with the world’s most precious metal. The event, sponsored by the Platinum Guild International and the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America, will be held March 11, the day before MJSA’s Expo/New York opens. It will be in the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, 1605 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

Seminar topics and the speakers include “Platinum Mill Products and Brazing” by Torrance Hoover of Hoover & Strong; “Choosing Platinum Alloys to Maximize Production Efficiency,” James Huckle of Johnson Matthey; “Platinum Fabrication,” Malcom Warren of Heraeus; “Designing Jewelry to be Manufactured in Platinum,” Mark Lauer of Mark Michael Designs; “Platinum Casting Technique,” Richard Atkin of Lou Atkin Casting; and “Platinum Finishing Technique,” Greg Todd of Stuller Inc. All speakers will participate in a forum and question/answer session moderated by Christopher J. Cart, manager of technical education for PGI-USA.

The $35 registration fee includes the seminars and a buffet luncheon. For information on Platinum Day, call PGI-USA at (714) 760-8279. To register for Platinum Day, call (800) 444-MJSA. Attendance at the MJSA Expo is not required to participate in Platinum Day.

CFH INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT COURSE

The “1995 Management Course” at the CFH Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be held in two sessions, July 3-Aug. 11 and Aug. 21-29.

The course covers all aspects of managing a store, including sales, finance, personnel, stock management, communication, store design, window display and product knowledge. In addition to classroom work, students will visit various manufacturers.

Upon completion of the sessions, students will receive a diploma in watch and jewelry management and salesmanship.

CFH Institute, Ave. Agassiz 5, Case Postale 371, CH-1001 Lausanne, Switzerland; (41-21) 320-1201, fax (41-21) 320-1017.

WHOLESALER GIVES GIA GEMS VALUED AT $20,000

Ramsey Gem Imports (RGI) Inc., a diamond and colored gemstone wholesaler in Woodinville, Wash., donated $20,000 worth of colored gems to the Gemological Institute of America’s Annual Fund. The assortment comprises amethyst, colorless topaz, colored sapphire, blue sapphire, opal, tanzanite and peridot.

“We are most appreciative of RGI’s generosity,” says Jeanne Larson, who chairs the GIA Treasured Gifts Council. “Each year, the institute looks toward industry friends like John and Laura Ramsey to assist in supporting our education and research programs. Their gift of stones will give GIA students and graduates valuable exposure to top-quality materials in seminars and in-house classes and at regional alumni update meetings.”

John Ramsey says it’s important for students to have hands-on experience with stones: “We are glad to help support GIA and its efforts to sustain the well-being of the gem and jewelry industry.”

In addition to stones, gifts-in-kind to GIA may include books, equipment and other material that can be used in education and research.

GIA TAIWAN AWARDS FIRST GG DIPLOMAS

GIA Taiwan, a branch of the Gemological Institute of America, recently completed its first Graduate Gemologist program and awarded diplomas to 20 people.

In addition to the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program, GIA Taiwan holds one-week classes, two-day “Counter Sketching” classes, two-day “Pearl & Bead Stringing” classes, a “Day With Diamonds” seminar and home-study courses.

GIA Taiwan, 15-2 Floor, No. 85, Chung Hsiao East Road, Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan; (886-2) 396-3114, fax (886-2) 321-2607.

LAPIDARY CLASSES PLANNED IN NEW YORK

New York City’s 92 St. Y has announced its spring schedule of lapidary classes.

The 13-session classes will focus on cabochon cutting, covering such aspects as selecting suitable material, equipment, cutting, shaping and polishing. The courses, taught by members of the New York Mineralogical Club, are held in the afternoon and evening beginning on various dates this spring. The cost is $265 for tuition plus $20 for materials.

For a free catalog of lapidary and jewelry courses, contact the 92 St. Y Art Center, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10128; (212) 415-5562.

LONDON GUILDHALL SCHEDULES COURSES

London Guildhall University has scheduled several Easter and summer vacation courses in silversmithing and jewelrymaking.

The three- to-five-day classes in April, July and August cover such

topics as casting, chasing, diamond mounting, enameling, engraving, gem setting, jewelry design, jewelry making, jewelry repair, objets design and silversmithing.

London Guildhall University, 84 Moorgate, London, EC2M 6SQ, United Kingdom; (44-171) 320-1000, fax (44-171) 320-1439.