The Jewellery Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, grind, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and centrifugal casting techniques will be used to create jewellery pieces to high standards.


Program name
Jewellery Essentials
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Jewellery Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and casting techniques will be used to create jewellery items.

Jewellery history, technical drawing, gemmology and an overview of the industry are included to provide you with a broad knowledge of the jewellery field.

While successful graduates who wish to continue their Jewellery education may apply for advanced standing in one of our other Jewellery diploma programs, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the program that best fits your career goals as space in the diploma programs is limited and may not be available.

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Part Time Study Options

George Brown College also offers evening and weekend courses and certificate programs in Jewellery Skills. (Note: These are not equivalent to the full-time program.)

See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply basic principles of metallurgy in predicting the behaviours and characteristics of non-ferrous metals in the fabrication process.
  2. Use knowledge of the history of jewellery, its production, design, social context and function in a limited range of basic projects.
  3. Use basic rendering techniques for experiment, or documentation of work.
  4. Solder metal parts together with consistency using a variety of traditional joints.
  5. Manipulate, form, and fabricate metal into specific forms with precision.
  6. Connect linkages using chain-making skills and techniques.
  7. Produce successful direct and lost wax castings using basic model making skills and techniques.
  8. Use a range of finishes, texturing and patterning techniques in the production of basic jewellery products.
  9. Incorporate gem stones using stone setting skills and techniques.
  10. Use knowledge of materials, design principles and equipment to solve basic problems in the studio.
  11. Apply recognized principles of basic design in the conceptualization and fabrication of metal jewellery forms for a given context, function, or purpose.
  12. Begin development of a personal style through the influence of life experience, exploration in technique, elements from design theory and history, and feedback from faculty and peers.
  13. Handle all materials, tools, and equipment with attention to the health and safety of self and peers.
  14. Begin the development of a portfolio as a record of personal growth and development, and for archival purposes as well as future promotional and marketing purposes.
  15. Work successfully in a collaborative and/or co-operative studio environment through demonstration of interpersonal skills, teamwork, conflict resolution and effective communication.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1013Goldsmithing I
JEWL1017Metal Finishing I
JEWL1038Technical Drawing
JEWL1077Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1078Jewellery Casting
GHUM1023History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1030Goldsmithing II
JEWL1019Metal Finishing II
JEWL1076Rhino I for Jewellery
JEWL1073Gemmology for Jewellers
GHUM1049Design and Colour

Detailed course outlines

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Your Career

This program will prepare the successful graduate for an entry-level position in the jewellery industry. The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities with careers in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, precious metals, gemstones, fashion jewellery and accessories.

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Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017 Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Basic computer literacy and skill level in Word and Excel are recommended.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements

Good eyesight (corrected vision is accepted), patience and initiative are recommended qualities for success in this field.

Success Stories

"The Jewellery Essentials program at George Brown College not only allows me to develop transferable skills, but also an attention to detail that can only be found by working in such small scale. I came into the program without any knowledge on making jewellery and after only one year I feel the ways in which I can exercise my creativity are virtually limitless. I am truly thankful to have such a skilful and caring faculty teaching me about my passion."

Olivia Woodhouse (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Essentials)

"I really value the skills and knowledge that I gained from the faculty, and I know that as I face new challenges in the industry, I can always go back to the teachers for advice. It was a great start for me to take a program that will benefit me for the rest of my life."

Michelle Man (Graduate 2008, Jewellery Essentials)

Some Enchanted Memories Inc.

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840


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