Jewelers Of America

After more than a year of planning and development, Jewelers of America launched a new test designed to grade the skills of bench jewelers. JA Bench Jeweler Certification™ provides certification at four levels with a series of written and bench tests, allowing bench jewelers who have trained either on the job or in schools to demonstrate their skills. “This is a very, very exciting time for bench jewelers,” says Mark Mann, JA’s director of professional certification. “This is the first time there has been a national standard for bench jewelers, many of whom have worked a lifetime to achieve their many accomplishments. This program will allow them to communicate those accomplishments to employers and the public.” Mann, who came to JA from the Gemological Institute of America, made his remarks during a January 27 demonstration and press conference about the program during

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