5 of the Best Educational Programs for Aspiring Bench Jewelers

The art and craft of jewelry making can be taught—for a feeLearning the art of jewelry-making used to be a family affair. Children would grow up in the business and acquire the skills—metalsmithing, stone-setting, and casting—needed to be a craftsperson. But times are changing, and educational programs that equip novice bench jewelers or designers with the abilities they need have been a boon to the industry.“There’s a tremendous need for bench jewelers now because most of the World War II bench jewelers are retiring by the dozen and we’re not seeing a lot of children following in their fathers’ footsteps,” says David Peters, director of education and industry relations for Jewelers of America. “The quickest way to get them trained is to send them to school.”The nation’s best jewelry schools are located throughout the country and offer programs of varying lengths an

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