The National Jewellery Institute and Parsons unite for new project

The National Jewellery Institute and Parsons unite for new project

Educating people on the delicate and creative craft

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The National Jewelry Institute – a nonprofit organisation – is celebrating ten years of being in the jewellery game by launching a new teaching initiative with New York's Parsons New School for Design

The unique program, titled 'The Fine Art of High Jewelry' is set to launch in autumn 2015, with a weeklong intensive course at Parsons in both New York and Paris campuses. "We started NJI 10 years ago to educate people on the art of fine jewellery," said the school's President, Judith Price, "So, I knew our focus after 10 years would be to really focus and make a mark on education."

Each day of the program will be broken into two sessions  a morning course taught by a Parsons faculty-member, and afternoon trips to visit the city's museums, jewellery collections and various ateliers.

Applications will be open to the public closer to the inaugural session with participation fees yet to be determined. "It's for someone who has the time and is excited about jewelry," Price stated, it's a way for someone to learn, and also network and meet designers."

Currently, the goal is to conduct a minimum of four sessions per year in each city, with an aim of expansion based on the course's participation rates. Specifics of the curriculum are also still yet to be determined, although Cartier has already contributed an undisclosed amount to Parsons in the NJI's name to kick-start the project.

In addition to Parsons new project, the institute will launch its first annual Fine Art of High Jewelry Awards during Paris Couture week in July 2015. 

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