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Eric Olson of Eric Olson Master Jeweler was the 97th jeweler in the entire United States to achieve a master-level certification for jewelry. Even more impressive, he was the 3rd in Colorado to achieve such a prestigious status and the very first in Boulder County. Eric Olson of Eric Olson Master Jeweler has the proud distinction of being 1 of the 5 Master Jewelers in the state of Colorado and the first in Boulder County. Eric also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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What is a Master Jeweler?

The jewelry industry, until very recently, was completely unregulated. There were no standards for competence. Then the Jewelers of America (JA), a national organization, stepped up and saw the need for standardization. They established a testing system to test a bench jeweler's expertise and established four levels, from entry level technician all the way up to Master Jeweler.

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What Does it Take to Become a Master Jeweler?

To achieve the distinction of a Master Jeweler, you must complete a 40-hour test that consists of a written portion along with the creation of three highly complex pieces. Each piece must be made to exact specifications and is strictly graded on a total of 146 different points.

Each project is specially chosen to test the jeweler's artistic judgment, knowledge of materials and techniques, efficiency, and overall skill as a craftsman. The written portion of the test is 2 hours long and covers gem treatments, safety issues, and technical knowledge.

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