Blaine Lewis

Class Guide

About Blaine Lewis:

Owner, President and Lead Instructor Blaine Lewis has been at the forefront of jeweler education for more than 21 years. In that time, he has changed the landscape of the industry with his hands on approach, real world examples and brilliant techniques, graduating over 6,000 students into successful jewelry careers. 

As Blaine explains:

"Welcome to New Approach School for Jewelers. I look forward to helping you learn, discover and enhance your jewelry making skills. This is an intense and fast-paced learning environment; and each day is packed with information, demonstrations and projects that will help you develop into a skilled artisan and jeweler. My jewelry making journey started early, and I have never looked back. I look forward to mentoring and guiding you on your career path, whether you choose to forge your own company, or work for an established jeweler after graduation. There are many paths in this industry, and there has never been a better time to enter this profession. 

Your skills, determination and passion are in demand, and what you learn during your time here will form the foundation of what I hope will be your lifelong love of designing, repairing and fabricating jewelry, as it is mine. As I have often said, once I found jewelry, I never worked another day in my life. There may be obstacles, moments of doubt, or fear of failure as we dig deeper into the techniques. I assure you, you are capable of what it takes to achieve success. I plan to help you each step of the way, so that you feel empowered, prepared and confident to reach your goals.  

From the time I discovered it, I have always loved working with metal. Even as a teenager, working with large scale welding and repair jobs, I loved the forming, shaping and firing of metal. When I discovered fine jewelry making, I was instantly mesmerized, and knew I had found my life’s work. I was drawn to the intricacy and beauty of custom jewelry, and enjoy teaching you how metals respond to various types of heat, pressure and handling. 

As a young jeweler, I found myself frustrated by the lack of education available in the industry.  New Approach School for Jewelers started in response to this difficulty for bench jewelers to grow their knowledge and skill base. I also wanted to pass down what was so warmly taught to me by the talented jewelers I grew up with, and share my own techniques and knowledge that developed from my years of working exclusively with AGS stores, creating, designing and repairing fine jewelry.

Integrity and ethics are incredibly important to me, and are the basis of what New Approach School for Jewelers is founded on. Promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior form the strength of what you will learn. As the demand for custom, handmade jewelry continues to increase, I am committed to teaching you the most important foundational skills, maintaining the highest standards of work, and incorporating new technologies, time saving tips, money saving tool making, and sending solid, lasting, well made work out to your customers. 

My vision for NASJ has never changed, though it has evolved. I stay true to my vision of teaching hands-on, real world techniques to passionate students, whether you are already in the industry and looking to enhance your skills, or a novice jeweler looking to professionalize your skill set. My doors are open to serious minded, determined jewelers who want to learn silver, gold and platinum fabrication, advanced stone setting, pave, bead setting, engraving and bench skills. Our classroom is fully stocked with professional benches, high powered Leica microscopes, and HD video screens to create the most state of the art, professional learning environment in the industry. We provide you with high end tools and techniques that set you up for success."

Initially based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, New Approach School for Jewelers is now located in Franklin, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from Nashville. 

Our mission at the New Approach School for Jewelers (NASJ) is to offer both fresh and experienced bench jewelers visual-intensive, hands-on jewelry repair and fabrication training  to help them increase their productivity and profitability.

To achieve this, NASJ employs innovative visual teaching methods, such as high magnification video of live demonstrations in a user-friendly and interactive workshop environment to help students rapidly grasp and implement bench techniques, practices, and tricks shared by our team of expert instructors.

Bench Comprehensive with Blaine Lewis at NASJ 2016

Stone Setting with Blaine Lewis at NASJ 2016

Advanced Stone Setting with Blaine Lewis at NASJ 2016

Graduate Bench Jeweler Program with Blaine Lewis at NASJ 2016

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2018 CLASS SCHEDULE IS HERE!! **AND** We Have Moved Into Our Beautiful New Campus ** KEEP CHECKING IN............MORE EXCITING CLASSES TO COME!


Graduate Bench Jeweler Program (12 week intensive program with Blaine Lewis)

 Aug 28-Nov 17, 2017 -  CLASS GRADUATED!!

Mar 5-May 25th, 2018- CLASS JUST GRADUATED!!

Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018- CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

*Graduate Bench Jeweler intensive program...learn more

Bench Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Jan 29-Feb 2, 2018CLASS COMPLETED
Feb 12-16, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED
Jun 4-8, 2018- CLASS COMPLETED
July 30-Aug 3, 2018CLASS IS FULL 
October 22-26, 2018 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List
*In this five-day power workshop...learn more

Stone Setting Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)


June 11-15, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED

July 9-13, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED

July 16-20, 2018CLASS COMPLETED

Aug 6-10, 2018 CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List                  

Aug 13-17, 2018 - CLASS IS FULL  -Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

This intensive five day workshop...learn more


Advanced Stone Setting (5 day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis)

 Feb 19-23, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED

Jun 18-22, 2018- CLASS COMPLETED
Immerse yourself in advanced stone setting...learn more 





Wax Carving (5 day workshop with Kate Wolf 


 Mokume Patterns & Ring Making (3 day workshop with Chris Ploof)

April 19-21, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED
Experienced jewelers are invited...learn more


(5 day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

  • June 11-15, 2018      CLASS COMPLETED
  • August 13-17, 2018  - NOW ENROLLING - ONLY 1 BENCH LEFT   

  •  Counter Sketching & Color Rendering (5 day workshop with Remy Rotenier)

    July 16-20, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED

    Engage customers with your skilled renderings...learn more


    Engraving Techniques Comprehensive - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL                                                (5 day workshop with Jason Marchiafava)                                                                                                                                                                                                          August 20-24, 2018 - *PLEASE CALL FOR ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES* 

    All Students Will Need To Submit Examples Of Their Engraving Work Via/Email To Ensure Their Skill Level.  - BENCH SPACE WILL BE LIMITED -           



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    New Approach School for Jewelers teaches real world jewelry making skills for professional jewelers

    Enrollment Policy

    Your seat in class is not reserved until we receive your student application and deposit. Deposit will be applied toward the cost of tuition. Remainder of tuition is due the first day of class for all classes except the Graduate Bench Jeweler program, which can be paid in 3 equal installments (Beginning of: Week 1, Week 5 & Week 9 ).

    Registration Policy

    We make every effort to ensure that our students receive the best experiences possible at New Approach School. Our classes are extremely popular, fill quickly long in advance of start dates. To ensure that spaces are reserved for students who are truly committed to attending the classes they have registered for, we have adopted the following policies:

    To register for a class, a deposit is required as listed per class. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or you may pay by check or cash. 

    Please be aware that many of our classes fill long before that date, so if you plan to attend, please send in your deposit and application as soon as you register.

    If paying by check, please send your deposit check ASAP, and allow at least 7 days for your check to arrive. Your spot is NOT reserved until your check clears. 

    We are an independent, private school dedicated to your success and although we truly appreciate the commitment and sacrifice necessary to attend our programs, we do not offer financial aid or grants.

    Your deposit will be applied toward the cost of the class you register for.

    Additional kit fees and taxes will be added to the remainder of tuition as listed per class. 

    Cancellation Policy

    For the full cancelation policy of a specific class, please see the Class Registration Form for the class you wish to take. All of these registration forms are made available to view and download at REGISTER NOW

    Video & Materials Policy

    All materials and coursework, including techniques demonstrated by instructors or staff, may fall under copyrights or licenses held by New Approach School of Jewelry Technology or its affiliates. 

    To protect both you and any copyright holders from litigation, we ask that you DO NOT publish, share, copy, display or otherwise upload any provided coursework or any captured video footage through video sharing sites, forums, email, other websites, flyers, books, etc. If you are interested in publishing your video footage, please ask our Communications Department about obtaining permission in writing.

    You may make printed copies from appropriate materials for your own educational and training use only, unless otherwise noted in the publication. 

    We ask that you respect this policy to ensure a quality education for future students at New Approach School for Jewelers.

    Disclosure of Physical Limitations - Minimum Course Requirements

    Attendance at the New Approach School of Jewelers involves periods of prolonged sitting while performing very detailed work with and without magnification equipment. Additionally, students are required to attend classes for eight hours a day enduring periods of work and study significant enough to permit him or her to complete the course at a rapid pace. Accordingly, NASJ asks each student to disclose any physical limitations and/or health matters that may impact the student during their period of instruction:

    Please disclose any of the following medical conditions:

    Vision Problems 

    Eye Sight Correctable to 20/20 


    Black outs or dizzy spells 

    Posture or spinal problems 

    Please NOTIFY US IN WRITING any other medical conditions that may affect your ability to perform the minimum course requirements.

    In addition, NASJ requires all students to have an eye exam prior to the first day of class. It is crucial when discussing your vision with your doctor to emphasize the distance at which you will be working. You need to specify that you will be working 8 inches away from your nose. If you are near-sighted and wear contacts, you need to bring your glasses to school as well. 

    New Approach School for Jewelers does not discriminate unlawfully in any of its programs, procedures or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other category or classification protected by law. 

    The student hereby warrants that he or she has disclosed all medical problems to NASJ that may affect his or her performance at the school, and will disclose any and all medical problems in the future, as they become known. 

    General Release and Waiver

    Release and Waiver: In consideration of goods and services provided or to be provided by New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, and the school’s president, Marshall B. Lewis, individually and doing business as New Approach School for Jewelers (hereinafter referred to as “the school,”) the undersigned (hereinafter referred to as “the student,”) hereby acknowledging the above consideration to be good and sufficient to support this General Release and Waiver, hereby completely and forever releases and discharges New Approach School of Jewelry Technology’s past, present and future, it’s general and/or limited agents, employees, employers, attorneys, partner, heir, predecessors and successors in interest, and assigns, from any and all past, present or future claims, demands, obligations, actions, causes of action, rights, damages, costs, expenses and compensation of any nature whatsoever, whether based upon tort, contract or any other theory of recovery, and whether for compensatory or punitive damages or claims for attorney’s fees (hereinafter collectively referred to as “the legal remedies,”) which the student now has or may hereafter acquire, on account of, or in any way arising out of the school’s instruction, demonstration or supervision of student in jewelry manufacturing and/or repair and associated business of the school or otherwise out of the school’s provision of an opportunity for student to engage in any facet of the jewelry instruction business of the school. Furthermore, student hereby waives any and all rights and entitlements, directly or indirectly, to pursue any of such legal remedies arising out of such instruction, demonstration or supervision of student in the jewelry business of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, or out of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology provision of an opportunity for student to engage in any facet of the jewelry business of NASJ. 

    General Release and Waiver and Assumption of Risk: The student further acknowledges and agrees that the release and waiver set forth in paragraph I hereof is a general release; that student expressly waives and assumes the risk of any and all claims for money due, compensation or damages which may exist as of this date, but which the student does not presently know or suspect to exist, and which, if known, would materially affect the student’s decision to enter future claims for money due, compensation or damages which may arise or exist in the future; and that the student, while being instructed, shown demonstrations, supervised and/or provided an opportunity to engage in various facets of the jewelry business of the school will be exposed to hand tools and may be exposed to power tools and machinery that is inherently dangerous and that the student expressly waives and assumes the risk of engaging in these activities fully acknowledging that such activities could result in serious bodily injury or even death. 

    Persons Bound: This General Release and Waiver and the terms, covenants, conditions, provisions, obligations, rights and benefits hereof, shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, and the student and their respective officers, employees, employers, agents, representatives, successors and assigns.

    Full Understanding and Acceptance: The student represents that he or she has read this General Release and Waiver in full, completely understands the terms of the Release and Waiver and voluntarily accepts those terms.