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MASTER GOLDSMITH STANDARDS The American jewelry industry is a vast and amazing field of business and art. Contained within it are pockets of ingenious commerce and fine art fueled by the exceptional creativity of individuals. Though the industry is large, it is still a neophyte compared to the European standards of goldsmithing, which are hundreds of years in the making. In European countries – such as Germany, England, Switzerland, France, Denmark and many others – there are Goldsmith Guilds. These guilds have hundreds of years of experience and have set standards for apprenticeship programs, journeyman goldsmiths and master goldsmiths. For example, in Germany there is a test for the master goldsmith certification. The individual must first submit an original design in a high-quality rendering. This design must be completely handfabricated – meaning it must be done directl
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