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You Will Need
- Introductory class
- Internet access
- Bench certification program
- Jewelry-making club
Focus on the type of jewelry that you want to make
Focus on the type of jewelry that you want to make. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, and brooches can be made from varieties of stones and metals. If you can’t decide, take an introductory class for an overview.
Visit jewelry magazine and association web sites
Visit jewelry magazine and association websites. Many offer extensive lists of teaching venues and individual classes.
Decide if you want to be a professional or amateur
Decide if you aspire to be a professional or amateur jewelry-maker.
Find the right school for aspiring professionals
Find the right school if you’re an aspiring professional. Professional jeweler organizations like Jewelers of America and the Gemological Institute of America offer bench certification programs.
Find the right informal jewelry-making class
Find the right informal jewelry-making class if you want to learn at your own pace and prefer a more non-commercial emphasis. Attend a local jewelry-making club and ask members about informal classes taught by jewelry professionals.