BIJC Launches "The Future Jewelers Academy" at Brooklyn STEAM Center

The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) has initiated its inaugural jewellery-focused education program, "The Future Jewelers Academy," at the Brooklyn STEAM Center. This program aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for careers in jewellery and gemology
BIJC Launches "The Future Jewelers Academy" at Brooklyn STEAM Center

Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) started its first jewellery-focused education program “The Future Jewelers Academy” at the Brooklyn STEAM Center to prepare students for jewellery and gemology careers. The program, exclusively sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Group, is intended to inspire students and open doors for them in the gem and jewellery industry.

The 2023/2024 curriculum that BIJC developed with the expertise of Professor Frank Fraley, the program’s instructor and a jewellery designer, explores design, gem-setting, materials, and laser repair, while also teaching students the process of casting and moulding. Guest speakers in various facets of the industry have been invited to speak with the students.

“Teaching eager students in this program brings me immeasurable joy. Their enthusiasm and passion for learning shine brightly, making every moment in the classroom a rewarding experience unlike any other. In my experience with NYC high school students this class at the Brooklyn Steam Center is unlike most I have encountered, their dedication and curiosity fuel not only their own growth but also inspire me to strive for excellence as an educator,” said Fraley.

“Joining forces with the Black in Jewelry Coalition and Brooklyn STEAM Center allows us to extend our 111-year legacy of supporting the jewellery industry by empowering the next generation of jewellers who will shape the industry’s future. We are excited to welcome the young, new talent,” said Scott Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer at Jewelers Mutual.

Upon completing the program, students will gain a solid foundation in the art of jewellery making and an appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating exquisite jewellery pieces. There will also be a capstone event to display the students’ work and celebrate their completion of the training.

“The scholars at Brooklyn Steam affirm why it is so important to invest in the future of the jewellery industry. They are very engaged and if you sit in a class like I have with them you quickly recognize these students are eager to learn and grow. It is truly an honour to witness the next generation of the jewellery industry develop right before my eyes”, observes Malyia McNaughton, BIJC chairman and founder of Made By Malyia.

Whether students decide to pursue a career in the industry or simply enjoy it as a rewarding hobby, this experience will equip them with the necessary skills to craft one-of-a-kind creations.

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