Valentino Jewellery Studio and Goldsmith Academy offers a series of training modules that are designed to provide a trainee with the necessary skills needed to manufacture any required Jewellery piece from any design that they might be presented with.

 

 

 

The complete course consists of a series of modules over a period of three years that provide mainly hands-on practical training on all the skills that are needed in the manufacturing of fine Jewellery.  Prospective students may commence at any time with the course.  Each module concludes with a practical and/or written examination separating one module from the other.  A certificate will be issued after successful completion of each module.

 

 

 

Techniques used to manufacture projects (hairpins, bangles, bracelets, broaches, earrings and many types of rings among others) will increase in complexity during the training period.  Wax investment, casting as well as the setting of stones are also included.

 

 

 

Jewellery design plays an important part in the development of a complete goldsmith.  Our lecturer is extremely dedicated to obtaining and maintaining the highest possible standard with developing each student’s Jewellery design portfolio and manufactured projects

 

 

Part Time Course (2 Days) – R1 200 pm

 

 

 

Our part time classes are twice per week. (Mondays – Fridays) You can choose which two days you will be able to attend. These two days can differ from week to week, to fit into your schedule. Class times are 09:00 – 15:00.

 

Although we work though the normal full time syllabus, the classes are more informal. Not all projects are compulsory. The modules of the syllabus range from Beginners 101 toAdvanced 105. The difficulty level of the projects increases as the syllabus progresses. Students will learn the following skills:

 

 

 

·        Basic manufacturing

 

·        Advanced manufacturing

 

·        Basic wax carving and casting

 

·        Setting

 

 

 

The duration of the course is unlimited. A certificate can not be awarded to a part time student, unless he completes the comlpete full time syllabus. Progression of the course will be determend by the student’s personal speed.

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Part Time Course (3-4 Days) – R1 800 pm

This option enables you to attend class 3-4 times a week (Mon-Fri). Days of attendance can be discussed to fit into your schedule. Class times are 09:00 - 15:00.

 

 

Full Time Course – R2 100 pm

 

 

 

The full time course is from Mondays to Fridays. Class times are 09:00 – 15:00. The duration of the course is 3 years. Within this time you will learn all the aspects of jewellery manufacturing in detail.

 

The modules of the syllabus ranges from Beginners 101 toAdvanced 105. The difficulty level of the projects increases as the syllabus progresses. Students will learn the following skills:

 

 

 

·        Basic manufacturing

 

·        Advanced manufacturing

 

·        Basic wax carving and casting

 

·        Setting

 

 

 

At the end of the course you will have obtained the neccessary practical experience and bench hours to apply for the Tade Test. This is a 2 day test in which you will have to comlpete certain projects. It is examined by the Jewellery Council of South Africa. If this test is passed, you will be a qualified goldsmith.

 

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Saturday Classes – R1 200 pm

 

 Classes are every Saturday from 08:00 – 14:00. Classes are informal and hobby based. Students will have the opportunity to choose the projects they wish to complete.

Tools

 

The cost of a basic tool box is R3 500 - R7 500. Each toolbox includes the basic hand equipment needed to complete the projects.  Students also have the option to compile their own toolbox by buying tools monthly.

 

If you do not wish to purchase the toolbox immediately, you also have the option of hiring equipment for R200 pm.

The monthly class fees do not include materials and metals. Students have the option of working in brass, copper or silver.