Graduate Bench Jeweler Program with Blaine Lewis

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    • Graduate Bench Jeweler Program

      The Graduate Bench Jeweler program is the most comprehensive and advanced training for students available. For students looking for a program that will give them the real world skills and training they need, New Approach School for Jewelers in Arrington, Tennessee is the leader in the industry.

      Students will learn hands-on skills in Bench Jeweler techniques such as sawing, piercing, soldering, repairs, finishing and polishing, tool identification and use, safety practices, Stone Setting techniques and Advanced Stone Setting techniques, introduction to Ornamental Hand Engraving, Silver Fabrication, working effectively with Silver, Gold and Platinum, Platinum Fabrication, and more. Graduates are proficient in jewelry fabrication, repair and finishing with superior stone setting skills and knowledge of working with gold, silver and platinum. 

      Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30 pm

      Benches are fully stocked with all the tools and materials you will need. It is not necessary to purchase any tools prior to arrival.

      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. (For tuition and class dates, click on tabs to the right of description)

      Essential Skills Learned in Graduate Bench Jeweler Program:

        • Safety and Workstation Fundamentals
        • Core Skill Development
        • Metallurgy and Gemstones
        • Stone Setting
        • Repairs, including prong repair and replacement, ring sizing, chain repair and problem solving
        • Business Ethics and Career Paths
        • Soldering and Repair Techniques Level Two
        • Chain Repair Level Two
        • Sizing Rings containing stones
        • Stone Setting Level Two
        • Bench Tricks and Tips
        • Finishing Methods
        • Silver and Gold Fabrication
        • Plating
        • Introduction to Ornamental Hand Engraving
        • Advanced Stone Setting
        • Platinum Fabrication
        • Pre-requisites: None, but many students elect to take Bench Comprehensive first
    • Tuition: $14,161.88 includes tuition, kit materials fee and applicable sales tax. (Tuition is $12,200, kit fees and materials are $1,750, enrollment fee is $50.00 and Kit Fee Tax is $161.88)

      ONE-FEE GUARANTEE: New Approach is unique. We do not require you to buy or bring your own tools to attend our classes. 

      Use of professional bench and tools is included. There is no requirement to purchase or bring tools for this class.

      During the registration process, a $1000 deposit is necessary to reserve your spot in class. The remainder of tuition and kit fee is due in three installments, the first week, fifth week and ninth week of the program.

      Pre-requisites: No pre-requisites are required, but some students elect to take Bench Comprehensive prior to enrolling in the Graduate Bench Jeweler program.

      To learn more about our program, please  contact us at 800.529.4763.

    • Dates:                                                                                                                      *   August 28th through November 27th, 2017 - IN SESSION

      • March 5th through May 25th, 2018
      • August 27th through November 16th, 2018 

Instructors: Blaine Lewis and Drew Hadley


Student Perspectives:

"Many people will tell you 12 weeks isn’t enough time to cover the extent of material you would need in order to obtain a job in the jewelry industry.  Let me tell you first hand that Blaine Lewis at New Approach School for Jewelers proves them all wrong.  The innovative techniques he employs at New Approach put him in front of any school in the nation.  Whether you are quick to catch on or need to be heading.  If you let him, he will boost your skills and confidence to the point where you might never turn down a job.  His down-to-earth and level-headed personality makes him the ideal instructor for any student of any background.  Blaine Lewis is truly a master of his craft and with any luck you will see this and recognize that his school not only to people who have never even sat at a bench (like me) but also to the advanced and experience jewelers already out there in the workplace.  If you let him, Blaine will raise your skill level well beyond your current skill set.  Thank you Blaine!” Ross Elliott, Ross Elliott Jewelers, Terra Haute, IN

"Incredible! I came right off the street and took the one-week stone setting class. I was amazed at the fact that five days later I had set so many rings! I decided to take the 12-week Graduate Bench Jeweler program. Two weeks before the end of class, an upscale jewelry store was eager to hire me to work alone in their store! Blaine Lewis is truly a gifted teacher, who is more than generous to share mountains of knowledge, techniques, tricks, and laughs. This course was just outstanding. I highly recommend both experienced and inexperienced people to learn this craft at this school.” - Cindy Winner, Virginia Beach, VA

"New Approach School for Jewelers was an amazing experience.  Blaine’s style of teaching is on a totally different level than instruction at any of the other schools I’ve attended.  The learning environment is open and great for new and experienced jewelers alike.  I would recommend New Approach to anyone looking to further their skills.  I know I will be back in the future." - Bond M. Edenfield, Taylors SC

"New Approach School for Jewelers was a great experience. Lots of hands on work, excellent demonstrations and explanation through out the class...I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world!" - Natalie Pazarian, MD, California

"Blaine’s teaching methods are second to none.  As a person with no jewelry experience I was blown away at the things I was able to accomplish…I would highly recommend that anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career as a Bench Jeweler attend his Graduate Bench Jewelers Program.  I have nothing but respect and great things to say about Blaine and his program."  - Frank Seraglio III, Mobile, AL

"We believe that Blaine Lewis is the most talented trainer of jewelry manufacturing anywhere. Blaine has an outstanding ability to take the techniques of the manufacturing process, break them into manageable teaching points, and communicate them in a manner that is understood by all students. His knowledge, experience, and approach builds an instant trust and rapport with all of the students that attended his classes. Blaine takes a personal interest in the success of each student and his work ethic is second to none. He often worked late in the evening developing tools and processes for our students to succeed. Blaine is a trusted part of our success of our Manufacturing organization." - Michael Kane, VP of Manufacturing, Tiffany & Co.

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

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Mar 5-May 25th, 2018IN SESSION

Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018- NOW ENROLLING

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Bench Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Jan 29-Feb 2, 2018CLASS COMPLETED
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Jun 4-8, 2018- ONLY 10 OPEN BENCHES LEFT
July 30-Aug 3, 2018ONLY 11 OPEN BENCHES LEFT
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Stone Setting Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)


June 11-15, 2018CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

July 9-13, 2018 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

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

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

 Feb 19-23, 2018 - CLASS COMPLETED

Jun 18-22, 2018- ONLY 10 OPEN BENCHES LEFT
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Wax Carving (5 day workshop with Kate Wolf 


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

April 19-21, 2018 - NOW ENROLLING
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(5 day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

  • June 11-15, 2018      CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Wait List
  • August 13-17, 2018  - NOW ENROLLING   

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    April 21-22, 2018 from 8:30am - 4pm 


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

    July 16-20, 2018 - NOW ENROLLING

    Engage customers with your skilled renderings...learn more




    Bead Setting & Micro-Pave *Benefit of Go Further program* (2 day advanced workshop with Drew Hadley)
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    Clearing Hurdles *Benefit of Go Further program* (2 day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis):

    Two day advanced trouble-shooting techniques...Learn More


    Have a Question about any of our classes? Click What Class is Right For Me? or Feel free to give us a call




    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.