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GIA Debuts Jewelry Design & Technology Program in New York




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GIA recently launched its Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT) diploma program in New York, a 26-week program taught in a classroom at the International Gem Tower, home of GIA’s New York campus.

GIA’s JDT program teaches jewelry design and product development using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology with 3D printer rapid prototyping. Classrooms house the latest manufacturing technology for jewelry design, jewelry engineering, product development, custom orders, jewelry manufacturing, jewelry repair and quality assurance. Instruction methods leverage this technology and engage students through interactive learning.

The inaugural class runs from Jan. 14 through July 22, 2016. The second class starts Sept. 29, 2016, and ends April 28, 2017. Prospective students should visit for information on how to enroll.



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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