Professional Bench/The Path to Proficiency
Save time by doing some preliminary work on models before making the molds
The shop at Underwoods Fine Jewelers in Fayetteville, AR, manufactures a portion of the stores inventory. One regular seller is an 18k yellow gold ring with bead- and bright-cut-set Ideal-cut melee diamonds. Heres how Tom Weishaar prepared the model to save time in the manufacturing, setting and finishing processes.
Bead- and bright-cut setting is a requirement for the third and fourth levels of JAs Bench Jeweler Certification program. For more information about becoming certified, visit www.jewelofam.org or call (800) 223-0673.
Photographs courtesy of Underwoods Fine Jewelers
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Mark B. Mann, Director of Trade Programs, Jewelers of America
Featured application by Tom Weishaar, JA® Certified Master Bench Jeweler and Shop Manager, Underwoods FIne Jewelry, Fayetteville, AR