The Gemological Institute of America’s has added an additional Graduate Jeweler (G.J.) diploma program to its 2003 academic schedule. GIA’s intensive six-month G.J. diploma program begins June 12 at the main campus in Carlsbad, and concludes Dec. 12.
In GIA’s G.J. program, students prepare for career opportunities in such positions as a professional bench jeweler or jewelry production manager. Projects are taken on from start to finish in a progressive, cumulative skill format, just as if the apprentice is in an actual trade shop environment. For six months, successful workbench techniques are covered, and students practice at their own bench equipped with a torch, power hand tools, and a toolkit. One-on-one coaching from respected GIA experts gives students the confidence and experience to take their education a step further into the job market.
The hands-on G.J. curriculum is divided into four topic areas: metal working and fabrication, jewelry repair, stone setting, and gold and precious metal qualities. Students become familiar working with the properties of precious metals. The program instructs in how to melt, pour, roll, form and solder metals; and how to make bezels, fabricate heads, repair hinges and clasps, and create open links. Practice is obtained in using sawing and torch techniques. Laser welding technology is covered. A working knowledge of gemstones is gained, and students become skilled at setting stones by working with a variety of mounting styles, settings and fancy cuts.
To enroll, contact GIA Education by calling 800-421-7250, ext. 4001, or outside the U.S. and Canada 760-603-4001. To enroll online, go to www.gia.edu, click on “Education,” then click on “How to Enroll.”