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: $14,170.63 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 $170.63)

      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 27th through November 16th, 2018 - IN SESSION

      • March 4th through May 24th, 2019
      • August 26th through November 15th, 2019 

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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2019 CLASS SCHEDULE IS HERE & WE ARE NOW ENROLLING!! **AND** We Have Moved Into Our Beautiful New Campus ** KEEP CHECKING IN............MORE EXCITING CLASSES TO COME!



NASJ CORE CLASSES 


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

 Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018-  CLASS CURRENTLY IN SESSION

Mar 4-May 24, 2019- NOW ENROLLING

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- ENROLLING SOON

*Graduate Bench Jeweler intensive program...learn more

Bench Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

October 22-26, 2018 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List
Jan 28-Feb 1, 2019NOW ENROLLING
Jun 3-7, 2019- NOW ENROLLING
July 29-Aug 2, 2019NOW ENROLLING
*In this five-day power workshop...learn more
 

Stone Setting Comprehensive (5 day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Feb 4-8, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

June 10-14, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

July 8-12, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

Aug 5-9, 2019 NOW ENROLLING                 

*This intensive five day workshop...learn more

 

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

 Feb 18-22, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

Jun 17-21, 2019- NOW ENROLLING


*Immerse yourself in advanced stone setting...learn more 

 

 

**ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

 

Wax Carving

(5 day workshop with Kate Wolf 

November 18th-22nd, 2019- NOW ENROLLING 

 

*Wax carving with Kate...learn more

 

 

ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING

(5 day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

May 13th-17th, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

August 12th-16th, 2019-  NOW ENROLLING

 

Counter Sketching & Color Rendering

(5 day workshop with Remy Rotenier)

July 15th-19th, 2019- NOW ENROLLING 

 

Engage customers with your skilled renderings...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

1-800-529-4763