About Us

 

Blaine Lewis is the Owner and President of New Approach School of Jewelry Arts

 

Owner, President and Lead Instructor Blaine Lewis has been at the forefront of jeweler education for more than 20 years. In that time, he has changed the landscape of the industry with his hands on approach, real world examples and revolutionary techniques, graduating over 6,000 students into successful jewelry careers.  Initially based in Virginia, New Approach School for Jewelers is now located in Arrington, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from Nashville. 

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Our mission at the New Approach School for Jewelers is to offer both fresh and experienced bench jewelers visually intensive, hands-on jewelry design, fabrication, bench and repair skills and stone setting training to help them increase their productivity and profitability as professional jewelers.

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.

 

 

Drew Hadley teaches alongside Blaine Lewis in many of our core classes, and is instrumental in helping students learn core concepts and stone setting skills. After graduating from New Approach School for Jewelers Graduate Bench Jeweler program, Drew went on to work for Tiffany & Co, quickly earning a coveted 100% pass rate, even at ever increasing demands for quality and speed. Drew is a natural teacher, with a quick sense of humor that puts students at ease, and an impressive background, expertise and talent that translates into a creative, well-rounded and popular instructor. Drew recently traveled to Belgium to study with Master Alexander Sidorov, increasing his already solid understanding and practice of pave, micro-pave, bead-setting, thread-setting and more. Look for more classes from Drew Hadley coming in 2016 and 2017.

Jill Lewis is the Director of Operations at New Approach School for JewelersJill Lewis is our Director of Operations. Jill can help you with determining which classes are best for you, how to register, handling tuition, tools and any other details you may need help with. We are all invested in making your experience at New Approach School for Jewelers a great one. Call or email us today. We look forward to meeting you! 

 

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 

Epilepsy 

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.