JET - Professional Jewellers' Diploma

At the NAJ we are committed to helping you build a brighter future with professional development, insight and opportunity.

This qualification builds on the content of the JET Certificate, taking skills, knowledge and professionalism to the next level.

Our online qualification allows you to study wherever you are in the world. Dedicated tutors provide support and guidance to help you complete your assignments in-line with your personal timetable.

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Benefits

A combination of six mandatory modules and seven optional modules will provide more experienced jewellery industry professionals with detailed training on jewellery, gemstones and precious metals as well as specialist areas including services and repairs, valuations, security and manufacturing.

The NAJ JET Diploma will:

  • Give jewellery industry staff a detailed knowledge of gemstones and precious metals as well as introducing specialist career pathways including jewellery valuation and pawnbroking
  • Value and recognise jewellery industry staff by giving them access to training to enhance their career and professional development
  • Help recruitment and retention into the jewellery industry by signposting a career pathway to help staff along their jewellery journey
  • Provide an engaging online learning environment that will be equally accessible to both part-time and full-time staff

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Core Modules

History of Jewellery

      • Development of jewellery design through the ages
      • Key uses and characteristics of jewellery in different time periods
      • Beliefs about the properties of jewellery and gem stones

Gold, Platinum, Palladium and Silver

      • Physical and optical properties of precious metals
      • History of discovery and production of precious metals
      • Purpose and impact of the fairtrade gold standard
      • Strengths and limitations of the precious metals for jewellery design and manufacture

Diamonds

      • Factors that affect a diamond’s value
      • Optical and physical properties of a diamond
      • Development of the diamond cut
      • Ethical sourcing of diamonds

Gemstones

      • Mineral and organic gemstones
      • Key features of each main gemstone family
      • Optical and physical properties of gemstones
      • Factors that affect a gemstone’s value
      • Commonly accepted coloured gemstone treatment

Hallmarking

      • The UK hallmarking system
      • Modern assaying and hallmarking techniques
      • Different hallmarks
      • What hallmarks can tell us about an item
      • Current hallmarking conventions and exemptions

Better Business

      • The importance of doing better business
      • Key organisations and initiatives that support better business in the jewellery industry

Optional Modules

Design

  • Design inspirations and design approaches of different designers
  • Develop initial design, manufacture and business plans for a range of jewellery
  • The `bespoke jewellery’ design process
  • The role of `CAD-CAM’ in jewellery design

Watches

  • Historical developments in the Swiss watch industry
  • Different watch types and features
  • Common watch repairs

Synthetic Diamonds, Diamond Treatments and Simulants

  • Advantages and disadvantages of synthetic diamonds
  • Rules of disclosure for synthetic diamonds
  • Distinguishing features of diamonds and diamond simulants
  • Diamond treatments 

Services and Repairs

  • Taking in and returning watches and jewellery following repair
  • Preparing notes and repair instructions for a range of jewellery items and watches

Valuations

  • Setting up an in-house valuation service
  • Maximising sales from a valuation service
  • Understanding why a valuation might be required
  • Different types of valuation

Store Design and Display

  • Types of store and display lighting
  • Using design and display features to help promote the store's its unique selling point
  • Putting a display together
  • Components of effective display design
  • Key factors for an eye-catching display

Law

  • The law as applied to the retail jewellery industry
  • Precautions required to guard against the possibility of handling stolen goods
  • The law as applied to jewellery repair and alteration
  • Security checks for high value cash payments
  • Consumer rights when purchasing jewellery 

Pawnbroking

  • The history of pawnbroking
  • Jewellery as a prime pledge
  • Jewellery identification skills
  • Taking in a pawn and agreeing a loan
  • What happens to the pawn when a loan is not paid off

Jewellery Manufacturing

  • Formative, subtractive and additive manufacturing
  • The lost-wax casting method
  • Designing and creating the casting model
  • Manufacturing different types of jewellery items

Silversmithing

  • The history of silverware
  • Silversmithing techniques

Security

  • Security checks required for credit card payments
  • Personal safety guidelines in the event of an armed robbery
  • Security rules to protect staff and product on the shop floor

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Entry Requirements

Either the JET Certificate or two years’ full-time work experience in the jewellery industry (or three years part-time); at least 5 GCSEs or 'O' Levels (or equivalent international qualifications).  

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Progression

The JET Diploma is part of a suite of 3 qualifications and this leads nicely on to the JET Management Diploma. Graduates are encouraged to apply for Personal Associate Membership which offers many benefits including the use of the initials P.J. Dip. after their name. 

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Contact

Chloe Thorn

jet@naj.co.uk

Phone: 0121 237 1135