Jewelry Design and Repair Training Program | Penn Foster Career School

Online Jewelry Design and Repair Training

Why Penn Foster Career School?

  • Regionally & Nationally Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Combine your creativity with the love of working with your hands and learn how to craft and repair jewelry with Penn Foster Career School's Online Jewelry Design and Repair training program. Did you know the average salary for jewelry designers and precious stone and metal workers is $35,350?¹ In this hands-on program, you'll learn how to professionally repair and modify jewelry, set stones, resize bands, and clean and finish jewelry. You can complete this jewelry designer program in as little as three months! Penn Foster Career School provides the equipment you will need for jewelry making, including assorted wires and solders, safety goggles and unlined nitrile gloves, and a two-speed rotary tool with bristle brush accessories.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

Penn Foster's Jewelry Design and Repair Program instructs the student in the skills necessary to create, repair, and modify jewelry, including stone setting, sizing, and polishing, in order to work for an established jeweler or start a business of their own.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the tools and supplies needed to establish a jeweler's bench and perform successful repairs
  • Identify the properties of precious metals, how to weigh the amount of precious metal in an alloy, and how to calculate value
  • Design a pattern following appropriate design elements, and from raw materials create clean, well-formed and finished monogrammed jewelry including a bail
  • Solder jewelry parts by choosing the correct torch, fuel, solder, flux, and flame for a particular job, and utilizing the proper soldering methods
  • Enlarge or shrink rings by using a mandrel, adding an insert, or removing a piece of the ring to preserve the ring's design and roundness
  • Comprehend how to cut and bend individual links and jump rings from raw materials
  • Comprehend how to make a wax model by carving or casting in a rubber mold, mix and cure investment, burn off the wax model, and fill a cast with molten metal using the gravity pour, vacuum, or centrifugal casting processes
  • Comprehend business and sales models used in the jewelry industry, the pricing structure of keystoning, and methods of work distribution and work flow
  • Identify the chemical composition and characteristics of some common gemstones and the factors that contribute to their market value
  • Demonstrate procedures for performing quality repairs on common items such as metal chains, quartz watches, and pearl necklaces, and the standards for pricing the work performed
  • Build a sterling silver bezel-set ring by hand from raw materials
  • Size, cut, and solder a 3-layer ring band, measure and place prong settings, and mount gemstones into the prongs

Unit 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
The Bench Jeweler’s Tools

Explore the components of a bench jeweler’s work area.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to construct a portable work area.
  • Explain the parts and purpose of a flexible shaft machine.
  • Identify the types and sizes of sawblades, files, and drills.
  • Demonstrate the proper procedures for sawing, filing, and drilling.
  • Identify the various types of pliers and hammers and explain their uses.
  • Demonstrate how bench jewelers use mandrels, anvils, vises, and magnifiers.

Unit 2

History of Jewelry and a Summary of Metals

Get an overview of the history and development of the art of jewelry through the ages.

Objectives:

  • Explain how metals are used in making coins, industrial items, and jewelry.
  • Demonstrate techniques used to mix gold and silver with other metals to produce varying degrees of hardness and color.
  • Understand the effects of heating and cooling on jewelry metals as you learn how to make metals harder or softer.
  • Demonstrate the proper procedure for cleaning and finishing techniques, including filing, sanding, and polishing.
Project 1: Monogram Pendant

Create your first piece of jewelry! Practice your skills by training your mind and hands to work together for the basic operations of sawing, filing, drilling, and finishing.

Additional Unit Materials

Supplement: Gesswein Catalog Request Form

Learning Aids:

  • 6-Piece File Set
  • 20-Gauge Brass Sheet
  • Hardwood Bench Pin
  • High-Speed Twist Drill Bit (Size 52)
  • Packet of Blades
  • Polishing Cloth
  • Saw Blade
  • Saw Frame

Unit 3

Soldering

Learn how to use solder to create or repair jewelry.

Objectives:

  • Identify the different methods and types of fuels and torches that can be used to solder.
  • Recognize neutral and oxidizing flame characteristics.
  • Demonstrate how to repair bracelets, chains, and other jewelry items.
Ring Sizing

This lesson will teach you how to resize different types of rings.

Objectives:

  • Understand the different techniques and approaches to sizing rings.
  • Identify the tasks and problems involved in ring sizing.
  • Demonstrate how to size simple bands, rings containing stones, and special rings for people with arthritis.
  • Understand how to properly use a mechanical ring sizer to size rings.
Project 2: Link Identification Bracelet

In this lesson, you’ll create a chain-link bracelet!

Objectives:

  • Create and solder links.
  • Fabricate jump rings and solder them to other bracelet parts.
  • Sand and finish the completed bracelet.
Additional Unit Materials

Learning Aids:

  • 14-Gauge Brass Round Wire
  • 20-Gauge Brass Sheet (1" x 3")
  • Cross-Locking Tweezers
  • Easy Silver Wire Solder
  • Pair of Unlined Nitrile Gloves
  • Pickling Compound
  • Propane Torch Tip
  • Safety Goggles
  • Spark Lighter

Unit 4

Casting

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use liquid metal alloy to create jewelry pieces.

Objectives:

  • Create functional models out of wax.
  • Properly invest items to be cast.
  • Understand the vacuum and centrifugal casting processes.
  • Recognize and correct casting defects.
Mold Making

Learn how to use molding to create unique pieces of jewelry.

Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of molding, including its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Properly create and pack a rubber mold.
  • Inject the mold with wax to create a reproduction.
  • Mold an object using liquid silicone.
  • Explore the steps involved in electroplating.
Project 3: Stone-Set Pendant

Create a stone-set pendant.

Objectives:

  • Learn various wax modeling techniques.
  • Carve a basic wax model for casting.
  • Create a casting from metal.
  • Set a gemstone in the finished pendant.
Additional Unit Materials

Learning Aid:

  • Small Cuttlebone
  • Green Carving Wax
  • Lead-free Wire Solder
  • Round Brass Wire (3 pieces)
  • Simulated Garnets (4)

Unit 5

Jewelry Retailing: Home-Based Business

Get insider tips on how to develop your own home-based jewelry business.

Objectives:

  • Assess your personal and professional goals.
  • Create a business plan based on those goals.
  • Know how to register your business and obtain a sales tax license.
  • Understand methods of marketing and selling your jewelry.
  • Recognize how to set up your home office.
Jewelry Retailing: Store-Based Business

Get tips on personal selling and basic selling techniques.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the types of retailers and industry trends.
  • Know how to identify a target market.
  • Identify the characteristics of a retail jewelry business.
  • Understand how store location, decor, layout, and displays can enhance a business’s image and increase sales.
  • Understand the basic functions of all retail operations.
Graded Project 1: Monogram Earrings

Craft earrings to match the pendant you made earlier in Project 1.

Graded Project 2: Chain Resizing

Resize two chains to form one necklace and one bracelet.

Additional Unit Materials

Learning Aids: 

  • 20-Gauge Brass Sheet (1" x 3")
  • Brass French Ear Wires (2 pair)
  • Packet of Sawblades
  • Padded Mailing Envelopes and Labels
  • Set of 2 Cable Chains
  • Wire Solder and Flux

Unit 6

Colored Gemstones and Diamonds

In this lesson, you’ll learn the characteristics of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other gemstones.

Objectives:

  • Identify, grade, and evaluate popular gemstones.
  • Understand how diamonds are formed, mined, marketed, cut, and graded.
Common Jewelry Store Repairs

Learn the steps involved in making common repairs.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to receive jewelry for repair and document jewelry items.
  • String pearls and beads.
  • Identify the basic parts of a quartz watch.
  • Change watch batteries.
  • Repair eyeglass frames using the proper solders.
Project 4: Bezel-Set Onyx Ring

Make a bezel-set onyx ring.

Objectives:

  • Form a band from flat stock.
  • Measure, form, and solder a bezel from bezel wire.
  • Secure a stone in the bezel.
Additional Unit Materials

Supplement: Gemstone Gallery

Learning Aids:

  • 20-Gauge Sterling Silver Sheet (1/4" X 2 3/4")
  • 26-Gauge Sterling Silver Sheet (1/2" X 3/4")
  • Binding Wire
  • Copper Tongs
  • Easy-Paste Solder
  • Half-Round Needle File
  • Magnesia Soldering Block
  • Medium-Paste Solder
  • Oval Black Onyx
  • Pickling Compound
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Steel Ring Mandrel
  • Sterling Silver Bezel Wire

Unit 7

Stone Setting

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to set stones.

Objectives:

  • Identify the tools and burns used for setting stones.
  • Understand how a prong setting is made.
  • Recognize the steps needed to make any kind of stone setting.
  • Know the characteristics of an effective setting.
Jewelry Design

Explore the fascinating principles and elements of basic jewelry design.

Objectives:

  • Understand the parameters of jewelry design.
  • Sketch your design ideas with paper and pencils.
  • Recognize the aspects of three-dimensional objects.
  • Know the types of settings and stones.
Graded Project 3: Three-Stone Prong-Set Band

Construct a three-stone prong-set band. Craft a ring band from any type of sterling silver or gold-filled or plumb gold stock. Then, attach three gemstones to the band using several four-prong settings.

Graded Project 4: Wedding Band Resizing

Resize two sterling silver bands—one is size 6 and one is size 9—to size 7.

Additional Unit Materials

Supplement: Jewelry Design

Learning Aids: 

  • 4" Sterling Silver Wire
  • 9" Gold-filled Wire
  • Easy-Silver Paste Solder
  • Medium-Silver Paste Solder
  • Round Cubic Zirconias (6)
  • Sterling Silver Wedding Bands (sizes 6 and 9)
  • Sterling Silver Settings (6)
  • Two-speed Rotary Tool and Bristle Brush Accessory
Work Experience Option

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Jewelry Design and Repair sample lesson, click here.

Jewelry Design and Repair Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Jewelry Design and Repair online training program you’ll cover topics such as:

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

online jewelry designer

Jewelry Design and Repair professionals create, repair, and modify jewelry, including stone setting, sizing, and polishing. Here are a few qualities that effective jewelry designers and repairers have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Innovative: Artists and designers constantly need fresh ideas and inspiration.
  • Creative: Designing and refinishing jewelry often requires you to think outside of the box.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

I like the photos in the books. I feel like I am working hands on with my teacher, and I know that if that wasn’t enough for me, that I could hop on the website and contact someone immediately.

- Melissa M., Jewelry Design and Repair student

Upon graduating from Penn Foster, I have been making money in my free time from family and friends. Penn Foster gave me all the training I needed to be confident in my career. The customers I have served have been really satisfied with the overall quality of my work.

- Tadd S., Jewelry Design and Repair graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids such as packet of jump rings, brass sheets, assorted wires & solders, safety goggles, unlined nitrile gloves, pickling compound, green carving wax, cross lock tweezers, needle file, pliers, hardwood bench pin, saw frame and blades, high speed twist drill bit, propane torch tip, spark lighter, copper tongs, two speed rotary tool with bristle brush accessories
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Jewelry Design and Repair academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster Career School provide the necessary tools for the Jewelry Design and Repair Career Diploma Program?

Yes, Penn Foster Career School ships the necessary jewelry design tools and learning aids to students at no additional charge.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

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