This provides students with skills necessary to seek employment in the retail environment as an
intermediate level bench jeweler. Students taking the Bench Jeweler will be proficient in mainstream
jewelry repair and stone setting skills using gold, silver and platinum. At the end of the eigth weeks,
Students can finish the course with two certificates, one from TSJ, and upon passing the Level l of
the Jewelers of America exam, JA Certified Bench Jeweler Technician certificate.
Certificate in Jewelry Designer
3rd Term 12 Week
12 Weeks-480 hours
The Jewelry Designer program provides students with the Bench Jeweler plus an additional 4 weeks
of advanced classes preparing students for JA Level ll and Level lll. At the end of the twelve weeks,
Students can finish the course with two certificates, one from TSJ, and upon passing the Level ll of
the Jewelers of America exam, JA Certified Bench Jeweler.
Class meets Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. With one hour break
Orientation - School and program requirements and policies.
Shop Safety - Hazardous Materials regulations regarding usage, proper storage and disposal methods;
Precautions of mixing various compounds, acids and solvents; Bench Tools, Equipment; Soldering
& Welding, Air Quality, First Aid.
Workstations Fundamentals-Hand/Power Bench Tools (identification, application and maintenance;
Preparation and modification of specialized tools); Finishing Equipment; Cleaning Equipment; Bending &
Shaping Equipment; Measuring Devices; Precious Metals-Annealing and Workbench.
Metals & Metallurgy - Silver; Gold (discussion of properties and melting points); Identification;
Weights, Measures & Conversions; Marking & Stamping.
Gemstone Properties - Nomenclature (introduction to the most common precious and semi-precious
Stones); Categories & Cuts; Characteristics; cleaning (basic guidelines for cleaning and working
Around different gemstones); Precautions.
Metal Working - Sawing & Filing; Rolling & Drawing (metal and wire); Bending and Forming (shanks);
Sanding (preparation of surfaces including refinement of actual pieces; hand/power
Sanding); Polishing (basic); Finishing & Texturing; Cleaning.
Soldering - Silver; Gold; Solder Flow; Assemble & Disassembly. Sizing rings up and down dove-tail
and butt joint. Soldering posts and setting stones on earrings.
Stone Setting - Level One (Ovals/Rounds) Setting Types & Layouts (using measuring tools and
proportional spacing); Setting and Unsetting Stones (instruction on the various cutting burs and tools
needed; Technique precaution relating to gem characteristic); Bezel Setting; Flush Setting; Prong
Setting (ovals and rounds); Bead Setting and Bright Cut Setting.
Repair- Level One - Item Analysis (identifies material, list problems indications, identify previous
solder joints, note piece condition, stone sensitivity, unset/set stones, proper packaging and handling
methods); Prong Repair & Replacement (most common retipping and repronging technique,
discussion of most efficient and/ or cost effective methods available); Ring Sizing (cutting method
up/down, use of compression or other alternative methods, replacing full/half shanks) Chain Repairs
(identification of chain styles and configuration, repair/soldering techniques, parts replacement);
Pendants; Charms; Shanks.
Trade Practices & Ethics - Security; Insurance; Customer Goods; Professionalism (communication
Skills building) Memo; Pricing.
Platinumsmithing - Metallurgy (platinum’s unique properties and how it affects repairs); Tools
Workspace; Soldering & Welding; Ring Sizing; Finishing.
Repair - Level Two - Soldering (earring backs, posts, bails and bracelet links); Ring Sizing (using
various methods for ring mountings with stones); Chains (serpentine, cable, box, rope,herringbon,
hollow) Prong Replacement (round, fancies, pegs); Pin Backs; Earrings. Installand size adjustable
Stone Setting - Level Two - Fancies (emerald, marquise, princess, pear cuts); Channel; Cluster;
Prong; Pearls; Tube.
Finishing - Gem Precautions (for a variety of mass finishing procedures); Production Finishing (tumbler
and rotary; emphasis on maintaining details and sharp edges); Ultrasonic and steam
Fabrication/Assembly - Sections; Heads (multi-head settings); Bezels; Shanks (including platinum
heads to gold shanks); Solder rings together.
Plating & Stripping - Sections; Rhodium; Gold; Masking (electroplating, proper uses of anodes and tips
for masking items).
3rd Term (Certified Jewelry Designer only)
Platinum Fabrication - Soldering fixtures; Sizing (fusion methods); Stone Protection (from intense
Heat); Bi-Metal Attachment; Metal Inlay; Scrap Reclaiming; Plumb Platinum Solder; Burnishing
Advanced Stone Setting - Prong (setting techniques for more difficult prong sets); Princess Cut;
Emerald Cut; Baquettes; Inlaid Channel; Bead Setting; Pave (tread setting); Advanced Pave; Tool
Making; Graver Sharpening; Stone Precautions (emeralds, opals, tanzanite and tsavorite in regards
to these more complex settings.
Wax Carving Intensive - Design, Layout, Carving, Bezel Prong and Channel Work; Hollowing;
Finishing and Repairing; Fabricating Carving Tools; Custom Projects in File-A-Wax; Product
Personal instruction by Renato L. Ronquillo, Master Goldsmith, with over 38 years in
jewelry making, diamond setting, jewelry restoration and repair. Award winning
jewelry designer and a JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler.
Fees for Certified Jewelry Designer Program
The one week Basic Jewelry Making course is $895.00
The 4-week *Certified Jewelry Technician course is $3650.00
The 8- week *Certified Bench Jeweler course is $7,250.00
The 12- week *Certified Jeweler Designer course is $10.650.00
Class is limited