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New Approach School for Jewelers Announces Partnership with Stuller’s CAD Academy

This partnership will provide valuable resources and education to jewelry professionals who aim to go beyond basic CAD design and become CADsmiths.




New Approach School for Jewelers Announces Partnership with Stuller’s CAD Academy

(PRESS RELEASE) ARRINGTON, TN — New Approach School for Jewelers reveals its new CAD Academy MatrixGold Training Program. Already known in the industry as a leader for instructing with innovative techniques for both, emerging and advanced jewelers, New Approach School announces open enrollment for students interested in expanding their industry knowledge, sharpening their skills, and learning how to use the latest CAD technologies.

New Approach School for Jewelers’ Unique Perspective
One key difference between CAD Academy and other programs is that it provides students with a unique perspective on industry techniques and tools. From the first class, each student embarks on a holistic and hands-on, educational journey. New Approach School for Jewelers’ CAD Academy mission is to create Cadsmiths — and it starts with learning from master CAD artist, Christopher Mendola. Chris, with decades of experience over multiple CAD platforms, is steeped in knowledge and his students will greatly benefit from his instructions in a state of the art, interactive environment.

NASJ’s Partnership with Gemvision
Another element that sets CAD Academy apart from other programs is the school’s collaboration with Gemvision, a recognized leader in CAD technology and design software. It is constantly evolving its software to create the most user-friendly and capable solutions on the market.
As the jewelry industry evolves, with an increased emphasis on technology and efficiency, Gemvision’s tools will only continue to progress to meet jeweler and jewelry customers’ needs. New Approach School for Jewelers is proud to offer the company’s advanced tools to CAD Academy students. Students in the program can rest assured that they are learning and training on a platform that will always be relevant in the marketplace.

New Approach founder and president, Blaine Lewis expressed his excitement about collaborating with Gemvision. “This partnership will merge the two sides of the spectrum. On one hand you have industry giant Stuller where users can get anything from casting grain to tools to finished mountings. On the other, you have the most respected trade school in the industry who trains jewelers to be the best bench jeweler.”

Gemvision voiced support of the new liaison with New Approach. “We share the school’s “customer-first” mindset and are proud to join forces with New Approach’s CAD Academy as we develop the next generation of jewelers.”

About New Approach School for Jewelers

New Approach School for Jewelers is the brainchild of founder and owner Blaine Lewis. The enterprise originated from his deep passion to train the most outstanding, talented jewelers available for the industry.


With almost three decades of experience in jeweler education, Lewis and his team of instructors have established a reputation for sharpening the skills and furthering the careers of budding jewelers around the world.

In each course, instructors use innovative visual teaching methods, such as high magnification video of live demonstrations in a user-friendly and interactive workshop environment to help students rapidly grasp and implement bench techniques and practices. The school has taught over 12,000 students to date.

About Gemvision

Acquired by Stuller in 2009, Gemvision is a provider of innovative jewelry solutions with a global network of authorized dealers serving jewelry professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, Gemvision also has an office in Barcelona, Spain.

About Stuller

In 1970, Matthew Stuller founded Stuller Inc. headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. The prime manufacturer provides a wide range of goods and services for jewelry professionals worldwide. Stuller’s core product categories include bridal jewelry, wedding bands, fine jewelry, mountings, diamonds, gemstones, findings, metals, tools, packaging, and digital solutions.



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