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How to form the jewelry

Work in the middle of stones and precious metals: a dream away! Organization, thoroughness and efficiency are the essential qualities of a time in the workshop.

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How to form the jewelry

Work in the middle of stones and precious metals: a dream away! Organization, thoroughness and efficiency are the essential qualities of a time in the workshop.

To prepare for careers in the jewellery, the certificate of professional aptitude (CAP) art and techniques of jewellery is a rite of passage. The input CAP is possible after the third, but it comes after the tray for a lot of candidates. This degree prepares in two years and offers several options: jewellery, jewelry, crimping or polishing-finishing. A dozen institutions offer this training in alternation.

Jeweller or polisher?

To deepen the techniques, it is necessary to count two extra years to prepare for a brevet des métiers d'art (BMA) gem, with the same three options. For those who are planning to evolve as a designer in a design studio, it is possible to complete his training with a diploma of art (DMA) art of the jewelry in two years. Next to salary, the beginners start at the minimum wage (smic).

once trained, the candidates have the choice between several trades. Starting with the jeweller's: it is he who produces the support parts and the crimps. He interprets the drawing of the designer and creates the volumes on the jewel, in other words, its structure made of metal (platinum, gold, silver, copper, brass...). It can also be brought in to restore the old parts.

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in Addition to the appeal of the manual work and an artistic sensitivity, two qualities are indispensable: patience - sometimes it is necessary to spend several months on the same piece - and the essence - not a question of losing the thread when it is necessary to string together 200 steps on a piece. A jeweler may climb the ladder up to become workshop manager in large houses, or put to his account.

Other occupation: polisher. As the name suggests, this professional Polish the coins one at a time, before the jeweler not to assemble. It is then necessary to repolish the piece after assembly. On a tiara, it can represent a total of two hundred hours of work! Those who prefer the stones can lead to the job of a setter. The stones is to fold the metal over the stone. There are different methods: the grain setting, a claw or closed (all the metal is folded on the stone).

Designer in-house or independent

to further their studies or develop professionally can get to become a designer. This professional also designs jewelry. He must know how to draw, represent the volumes in space and to show responsiveness creative, the collections are chaining quickly. A good visual memory and a lot of curiosity allows the designer to feed on everything around it.

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In high-end jewelry, confidentiality is essential, each collection being conceived two years before its arrival in store. The designer junior will be able to evolve as a senior designer, head of studio, art director... or settle his account.

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