Online Jewelry Design and Repair School

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC 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 ICS Canada’s online Jewelry Design and Repair training program. 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 six months! ICS Canada 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

The 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

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

The Bench Jeweler's Tool

Choosing and organizing the workspace; constructing an inexpensive and portable work surface; descriptions and uses of saws, files, pliers, hammers, mandrels, dapping and forming blocks, vises and common household tools.

Instruction Set 2

History of Jewelry and a Summary of Metals

Amulets; jewelry to denote rank and authority; metals as coinage and in jewelry; acid testing gold and silver; alloys; characteristics and uses of platinum; finishing, polishing and cleaning jewelry metals.

Project 1: Monogram Pendant

Design elements; examining the metal; scribing; transferring the pattern; drilling a pilot hole; cutting out the pattern; trimming, finishing, and polishing.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Saw Frame
  • Packet of Saw Blades
  • Brass Sheet
  • Hardwood Bench Pin
  • Packet of Jump Rings
  • 6" Double Cut File
  • Polishing Cloth
  • High-Speed Twist Drill Bit
  • Gesswein Catalog Request Form

Instruction Set 3

Soldering

Types of fuels, torches, and flames; "easy," "medium," and "hard" flow solders; using flux; repairing and soldering chains and bracelets; controlling flow; protecting gemstones.

Ring Sizing

Determining proper fit; using a sizing gauge; down sizing; upsizing; removing pits, blemishes and porosity; sizing stone set rings; sizing patterned bands; using a band sizer.

Project 2: Link Identification Bracelet

Fabricating common links; determining the amount of stock needed; making the center; choosing a lettering style; attacking the center.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Propane Torch Tip
  • Spark Lighter
  • Easy Silver Wire Solder
  • Safety Goggles
  • Unlined Nitrile Gloves
  • 20-Gauge Brass Sheet
  • Cross-locking Tweezers
  • 14-Gauge Round Brass Wire
  • Pickling Compound

Instruction Set 4

Casting

Casting in cuttlefish bone; wax model making; sprueing and investing the model; the electric kiln; casting under vacuum; casting with a centrifugal casting machine.

Mold Making

Making RTV molds; making rubber molds; wax injection.

Project 3: Stone Set Pendant

Creating a design; making the wax model; making a mold for casting; pouring the metal; finishing the pendant.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Round Brass Wire (3 pieces)
  • Green Carving Wax
  • Cuttlefish Bone (2 pieces)
  • Lead-free Wire Solder
  • Simulated Garnets (4)

Instruction Set 5

Jewelry Retailing - Home Based Business

The business plan; legal obligations; marketing; networking; sales options; the home office.

Jewelry Retailing - Store Based Business

Types of retailing; major trends; functions of a retailer; organizational functions; store layout; function of sales personnel.

Graded Project 1: Monogram Earrings

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

Graded Project 2: Chain Resizing

Shorten a chain, remove a clasp and solder the links together to make a continuous loop.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

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

Instruction Set 6

Colored Gemstones and Diamonds

Characteristics; carat weight; cut styles; diamonds, rubies and sapphires; other gemstones.

Common Jewelry Store Repairs

Evaluating items to be repaired; watches; pearl and bead stringing; engraving; fixing eyeglass frames; installing safety chains.

Project 4: Bezel-Set Onyx Ring

Forming the band; making a bezel; setting the stone.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Steel Ring Mandrel
  • Oval Black Onyx
  • Sterling Silver Bezel Wire
  • Needle File
  • Pickling Compound
  • Binding Wire
  • Easy-Paste Solder
  • Copper Tongs
  • Medium-Paste Solder
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Sterling Silver Sheet, 1/2" X 3/4" X 26 gauge
  • Sterling Silver Sheet, 1/4" X 2 3/4" X 20 gauge
  • Color Supplement — Gemstone Gallery

Instruction Set 7

Stone Setting

Setting round diamonds and faceted stones; setting fancy shaped stones; setting stones in channel mountings; plate setting; prong replacement; prong retipping.

Jewelry Design

Design elements; design parameters; sketching; three dimensions; form and function; designing with findings.

Graded Project 3: Three-Stone Prong Set Band

Designing the ring; laying out the band; installing the heads; pre-polishing; setting the stones; finishing.

Graded Project 4: Ring Resizing

Resize two rings, making one larger and one smaller.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Two-speed Rotary Tool and Bristle Brush Accessory
  • Sterling Silver Settings (6)
  • Sterling Silver Wire, 4"
  • Round Cubic Zirconias (6)
  • Gold-filled Wire, 9"
  • Sterling Silver Wedding Bands
  • Medium-Silver Paste Solder
  • Easy-Silver Paste Solder
  • Color Supplement — Jewelry Design
  • Padded Mailing Envelopes and Labels
Work Experience Option

Work Experience Option

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

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

Jewelry Design and Repair School Details

In ICS Canada’s Jewelry Design and Repair School, you'll cover topics such as:

  • Tools, design, and common repairs
  • Metals, soldering, and casting
  • Repair evaluations on watches, pearls, bead stringing, engraving, and other gemstones
  • Home-based businesses and other forms of jewelry retailing
Online jewelry designer courses

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 chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids including a 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
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada provide the necessary tools for the Jewelry Design and Repair Career Diploma Program?

Yes, ICS Canada ships the necessary jewelry design tools and learning aids to students at no additional charge.

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