Mona Miller

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Mona Miller, FGA/GG/FASA/ICGA/NAJA   

 

 

Master Gemologist Appraiser®

 

Mona Miller is the owner of Pacific Gemological Laboratories, in Portland Oregon. She has been actively involved in the gem & jewelry trade since 1980.

 

Certified yearly through professional affiliation examinations. All business is conducted in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice of The Appraisal Foundation, and the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers.

 

                                                               

  • Master Gemologist Appraiser Director, Pacific Gem Lab 34 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite Portland, OR 97204 503.274.7022                                                                                                                                                                                           
     

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    NASJ CORE CLASSES 


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

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

    Mar 5-May 25th, 2018- CURRENTLY IN SESSION  

    Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018- NOW ENROLLING

    *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 IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List
    July 30-Aug 3, 2018CLASS 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)

    Feb 5-9, 2018CLASS COMPLETED

    June 11-15, 2018- 2 OPEN BENCHES

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

    July 16-20, 2018 - **JUST ANNOUNCED NEW DATE - Now Enrolling

    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- ONLY 4 OPEN BENCHES LEFT
    Immerse yourself in advanced stone setting...learn more 

     

     

    **ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

     

    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

     

    ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING
    (5 day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

  • June 11-15, 2018      NOW ENROLLING - ONLY 3 BENCH LEFT
  • August 13-17, 2018  - NOW ENROLLING - ONLY 3 BENCHES LEFT   

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

    July 16-20, 2018 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

    Engage customers with your skilled renderings...learn more

     

     

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    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):

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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 

    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.