Jewelry Making & Repair

NBSS is known as a premier jewelry school. Our Jewelry Making & Repair (JM) program prepares students to become professionals in the industry. You’ll create and repair jewelry using traditional techniques and laser technology. You’ll work with silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. You’ll learn to set cabochon and faceted stones in all shapes and styles, and finish pieces to a professional standard.

The JM program attracts students from around the world who share a love of materials, artistic expression, and working with their hands to make jewelry that transcends time. Our jewelry making shop has a large selection of specialized tools, a resources library, and state-of-the-art equipment. Each student gets an individual bench with a flexible-shaft machine.

Jewelry fabrication and stone setting requires exceptional hand skills, focus, and a thorough understanding of materials. You’ll develop this knowledge through our intensive, 72-week program. Our curriculum builds a foundation of fundamental knowledge and technical skills. It’s designed to help you quickly enter the workforce as a professional jeweler. Throughout your studies, you’ll continuously challenge yourself and fine-tune your skills.


In addition to the Full-Time program, we offer a number of jewelry making courses through our Continuing Education Department. View all CE courses here.


Jewelry Making & Repair Faculty

Ann Cahoon JM ’02
ANN CAHOON JM ’02

Ann has a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry and Ceramics from the Maine College of Art and is a graduate of NBSS and the Department Head. She was a finalist in the gold and platinum category of the 2010 Saul Bell Awards. She works on one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry as a principal goldsmith and designer at Flying Marquis Studio in Leominster, MA. Ann also writes, lectures, and judges for the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA) and Jewelry Artist. She is the technical co-editor of the MJSA book Secret Shop Weapons, and is featured in an instructional DVD produced by Lapidary Journal.

Curriculum

You’ll work on increasingly complex projects to develop proficiency in:

  • Using a full range of jeweler's hand-tools
  • Metals and stones
  • Metal forming techniques
  • Polishing, soldering, and engraving
  • Laser welding
  • Silver, gold, and platinum fabrication
  • Wax model making
  • Jewelry repair
  • Advanced jewelry construction
  • Stone setting

Hours & Tuition

hours
  • Students are admitted in September and February.
  • The maximum enrollment is 13 students.
  • Classes meet from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday, September through May.
  • The program length is two, nine-month academic years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours***).
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Jewelry Making & Repair.

Tuition & Costs
  • Tuition is $24,100 per year totaling $48,200**, with the option of making 18 monthly payments of $2,678.
  • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,850.
  • The estimated cost of materials is $2,450.
  • Palladium and platinum provided by the department's Metals Library.

*The tuition rate is for students entering North Bennet Street School between September 2017 and June 2018.

**North Bennet Street School reserves the right to increase tuition in the second and subsequent years of a course. If the school does increase tuition for a course in subsequent years, that increase will not exceed 7.5% of the previous year’s tuition. Should the school exercise its right to increase tuition, the school must give the student a minimum of ninety (90) days written notice prior to the effective date of the increase and a new enrollment agreement will be executed.

*** Class hours equals clock hours.

Admissions

Jewelry Making & Repair offers enrollment in both the Fall and Spring. The maximum enrollment is 13 students.

Successful applicants have good manual dexterity, patience for detailed work, and a love of the craft. The program develops the technical you’ll need to work with a variety of metal and stones.

Gainful Employment

Graduates of the program often begin work as bench jewelers in trade and retail shops performing repairs, custom design, fabrication, stone setting, and reproduction of classic jewelry. Many alumni become self-employed jewelers.

Learn more about jewelry making and jewelry repair careers here.

View the School's gainful employment report on Jewelry Making & Repair here.

Note: Due to privacy concerns, on-time completion rates are withheld when fewer than ten students in a graduating class received Title IV, or "federal," financial aid during their enrollment at NBSS. Because our programs are small, this information may be withheld or appear low in any given year.

Typical earnings rates are based on the earnings of our graduates as reported to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and therefore may not be an accurate reflection of potential earnings in a given field.

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Questions?

Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.

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