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February 2020 Newsletter


What's New at New Approach

February, 2020 

Our campus has been abuzz with nonstop classes. For years, the New Approach School for Jewelers has provided a variety of stone setting and bench comprehensive classes to take students of all experiences to the next level. We are now hosting additional guest instructors to provide top tier educational experiences spanning even more jewelry related subjects to fit your interests. Classes to come include CAD, Casting, Enameling and so much more! Please continue following along as we add these new courses to our curriculum.


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Featured Class Offerings 


Enroll today to save your seat as classes fill quickly!


Coin Ring Making: 3-days with Jason Stinchfield

We are excited to partner with Coin Ring Making instructor Jason, owner and founder of Jason's Works. Jason has pioneered methods for creating incredible rings from minted coins using tools and techniques he designed —both from scratch and from creatively re-purposing existing equipment. To learn more about Jason and his business Jason's Works, click HERE!

This class is new to New Approach School for Jewelers!   

April 13-15, 2020: Now Enrolling


Advanced Stone Setting: 5-days with Blaine Lewis and Drew Hadley 

Innovative techniques taught in this hands-on workshop improve craftsmanship, speed & confidence, improving productivity & profitability. To get the most out of this class, we recommend that you are already setting stones proficiently and have used gravers before you enroll.

June 15-19, 2020: Now Enrolling


Are there classes or instructors missing from our curriculum? We would love to hear your jewelry education needs! Email us at: 

Student Highlight

Marc Williams of MarcCo Jewelers completed multiple courses with New Approach School for Jewelers including our Advanced Stone Setting Class. Marc specializes in making finely crafted custom jewelry.  Check out one of his most recent pieces below:

For more work by Marc, visit:


A Tip from NASJ

Adding the final shine to your work can add an extra wow factor when you sell your piece to a customer, or when you gift your work to a loved one.

For final polishing, Instructor Drew Hadley, uses Picasso Blue Platinum Polishing Compound (Rio Grande: 331000) with the Grobet USA Berry Buff 6" (Stuller: 17-7258:100000:T). The compound is effective while the buff is forgiving. The product combination leaves a mirror finish with a smooth surface and minimal residue.

Both products work great on Platinum, but can also be used on silver and gold.



Graduate Bench Jeweler Program12-week intensive program with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

Mar 2-May 22, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Aug 30-Nov 20, 2020 - CLASS IN SESSION 


Bench Comprehensive5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley 

Jan 27-31, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 1-5, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

August 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

August 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED  



Stone Setting Comprehensive: 5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

Feb 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

Feb 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

June 8-12, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 6-10, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 13-17, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 20 -24, 2020 w/ Drew Hadley - CLASS COMPLETED

August 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED   

August 24-28, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Advanced Stone Setting: 5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

 Feb 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

October 26-30, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List




Mokume Gane with the Masters5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion 

2021 Dates TBD


Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction: 3-day Workshop with Jason Stinchfield

2021 Dates TBD


ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING: 5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava

May 11-15, 2020CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

August 10-14, 2020CLASS COMPLETED


Counter Sketching & Color Rendering5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

2021 Dates TBD


Advanced Jewelry Design & Rendering5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

2021 Dates TBD


Taking Shape: The Fundamentals & Applications of Chasing & Repoussé: 5-day workshop with Kimberly Vaughn

2021 Dates TBD


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