Ann Cahoon JM ' 02, Department Head of the Jewelry Making & Repair program, is a designer goldsmith whose work focuses on high carat gold and platinum fabrication. She founded Flying Marquis Studio in 2005, and now works alongside her metalworker husband, who owns Chris Ploof Designs. Their combined 10,000 sf shop is fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Jewelry Making & Repair
The two-year, comprehensive Jewelry Making & Repair program prepares students to become professionals in the industry. The 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.
Jewelry fabrication and stone setting requires exceptional hand skills, focus, and a thorough understanding of materials. Throughout your studies, you’ll continuously challenge yourself and fine-tune your skills. You’ll create and repair jewelry of lasting value using traditional techniques and modern technology.
You’ll work on increasingly complex projects to develop proficiency in:
- Using a full range of jeweler's hand-tools
- Identification of 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
- Curriculum: Investigate what students learn over the course of the two-year program.
- Facilities: Virtually walk through the program space and bench room.
- Faculty: Meet our talented instructors, who are experts in their field.
- Tuition: Check out tuition, costs, and class hours.
- Careers: Explore the variety of careers available to Jewelry Making & Repair graduates and the employment outlook.
- Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
- Admissions Info: How to get your application started and what you need to apply.
- Financial Aid: Your education is an investment. Learn about our financial aid options.
- Jewelry Making & Repair brochure: Download at-a-glance details.
"The amount of precision and the quality of work the program demands was like nothing I had ever encountered. I completed projects that I never thought I could make."
Colleen Matthews JM '12View More Jewelry Making & Repair Alumni Profiles
Ann Cahoon JM '02 has been working at one bench or another since she was 15 years old. "My interests was absolutely in jewelry," says Ann, now the Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head at North Bennet Street School, "I've always been fascinated by jewelry as objects."
"Mistakes are great!" says Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head Ann Cahoon JM '02. "You don't know the limits until you hit them. One of the things that I really love about an academic environment is that you can embrace the stuff that goes wrong." Watch this video of Ann describing this lesson learned by one of our students.
Millennials are reshaping business, and today's jewelry industry is no different. Learn how our own program combines traditional skills with trendsetting projects, while also "pushing toward the cutting edge of technology," according to one grad.
With its roots firmly planted in our ancestry, jewelry making is a career that isn't going to fizzle out anytime soon. Jewelry is a form of self-expression, which we as humans will always consider to be central to our identity. Jewelry may be beautiful, but it is also part of our collective history.
Not long after earning her BFA in Sculpture from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 2008, Miranda Harter JM '16 was back home in New York City and working at a jewelry store when she began to realize she wanted more. "One of the things that frustrated me in art school was the lack of emphasis on excellence and hand skills. At NBSS, you learn how to make jewelry in the way that hundreds of years of craftsmen have made it."