Curriculum

  • JTIL was founded in 1998 by Mr. Alfred El-Hage. He developped an educational Institute that would offer a world class education to students in Lebanon, Middle East and Africa.

    Mr. Alfred El-Hage graduated from TIJT Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology and Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
    Founded in 1998
    Alfred R. El-Hage Co- Founder & Director

    Beirut – Dekwaneh – Main Road – Mhanna Center
    TEL. 03/849940 – 03/785249
    E-mail us at : aolhag@yahoo.com

  • Overview of the JEWELRY & TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF LEBANON

    The JEWELRY & TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF LEBANON (JTIL) was founded in 1998 by a jeweler who dreamed of developing a top notch educational institute that would offer a world class education in jewelry technology to students in Lebanon and the Middle East. Having been trained by the top professionals in their field, Mr. Alfred El-Hage wanted to share his skills and experience with future jewelers who wished to become among the best in the jewelry industry. The co-founder of JTIL, Mr. Alfred El-Hage is a practicing Jeweler and experienced instructor.

    Mr. Alfred El-Hage graduated from the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College with certificates in Jewelry Technology and Gemology. Mr. Alfred El-Hage was also trained in the State of Texas and beyond. Mr. Alfred El-Hage continued his studies at the internationally recognized, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in California. His instructor recognized Mr. El Hage’s designs, and he was asked to display his work at GIA Institute. Mr. El-Hage has worked for an American Jewelry company in Austin, Texas. He also owns the Alfredo’s watches & jewelry store in Mansourieh Lebanon.

    The Jewelry & technological institute in Lebanon offers a broad range of courses and specialties that are not available anywhere in Lebanon at the present time. JTIL is conveniently located in Beirut. Housing assistance is available to students upon request. Students outside of Lebanon are welcome and the founders of JTIL recognize that a diverse student body is an asset to their educational institution.

    Students have the option of selecting from one or two years program, and upon successful completion of their courses they will receive a certificate or certificates that are recognized by the ministry of Education in Lebanon.

    The programs offered by JTIL are listed below. In addition to the one and two year program, a number of additional courses are offered on an individual basis. Our goal is to teach students the latest techniques emphasizing a hands-on approach. Students will be provided with top of the line equipment to help them enter the workforce upon graduating from JTIL.

    The Jewelry & Technological Institute of Lebanon is committed to the success of its students, and will constantly strive to become a world class institution.

  • Programs Offered

    I. Graduate Jeweler Program – (Two year program)

    II. Gemology – (Six Months Program)
    Students will learn the history of gems, and the process of grading diamonds and colored stones. Students will also learn how to grade diamonds and colored stones, and how to complete appraisal forms and certificates.

    III. Horology ( Watch Repair ) – (Two months program )
    Advanced Horology – (Four Months Program)
    Students will learn how to repair new and used watches .
    The following one year programs can be taken individually to receive specialization in :

  • Graduate Jeweler Program

    Objectives:
    The goal of this program is to prepare students to obtain a thorough understanding of the methods and techniques utilized in the the jewelry industry today. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to seek employment in the following areas: retail stores and wholesale factories.

    Listed below are all the courses that must be completed successfully in order for the student to be certified as a Bench Jeweler & Jewelry Designer who is qualified to perform various specializations in the jewelry industry. The curriculum for each of the following courses is detailed in the corresponding course overviews.


    Length of program:
    Sixteen hours of instruction per week / two academic years

  • Jewelry Design

    Objectives:

    The goal of this course is for the students to obtain a clear understanding of the methods and techniques listed below, and to demonstrate their skill in applying these techniques. The class will be taught using text materials and hands-on practice. Students will develop the skills needed to create unique designs, and illustrate them through finished watercolor designs. Students will learn painting techniques and perspective in drawing. In addition, the how to’s of marketing unique design and displaying them. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to work as Jewelry designers in retail stores, manufacturing companies, or as independent designers. Methods and techniques taught in the class are listed below


    Length of course:
    Eight hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Wax Carving

    Objectives:

    The goal of this course is for students to obtain a clear understanding of wax carving and its utility in making Jewelry, and also to demonstrate their skill in applying techniques learned. This class will be taught using text materials, video presentations, and hands-on practice. Students will learn the use of certain tools and waxes. Field trips to wax carving factories will be scheduled so that students may actual techniques applied in the field. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to interpret unique and prepared designs and transform them into was patterns. Subjects that will be covered in this course are listed below.

    Length of course:
    Six hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Metalsmithing

    Objectives:

    The goal of this course is for students to obtain a clear understanding of the methods and techniques listed below. And to demonstrate their skill in applying these methods and techniques. These will be taught using text materials, video, presentation, and hand –on practice. Field trips to Jewelry factories will be scheduled so that students will view how these techniques are applied on a larger scale.
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to:

    Length of course:
    Six hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Casting & Rubber Mold Making

    Objectives:

    The goal of this course is for the students to obtain a clear understanding of the methods and techniques listed below, and to demonstrate their skill in applying these methods and techniques. Method and techniques will be taught using text materials video presentation, and hands-on practice.

    Length of course:
    Eight hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Basic stone setting

    This course must be completed successfully as a prerequisite to the advanced stone setting course

    Objectives:

    The goal of this course is for students to obtain a basic understanding of stone setting techniques, and to demonstrate their skill in applying these. Stone setting techniques will be taught using text materials, video presentations, and hands-on practice. In addition students will learn about different types of stones setting tools, and will practice using these in the various stone setting techniques. Care of tools wills also b reviewed. A brief overview of gemstones and their appropriate use in jewelry items will also be covered in this course. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be prepared to work as basic stone setters in the jewelry industry. The following are the basic stone setting techniques that will be taught

    Length of course:
    Sixteen hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Advanced Stone Setting

    Prerequisite:
    Must successfully complete the Basic stone setting course

    Objectives:
    The goal of this course is for the students to obtain a clear understanding of the method techniques, listed below. These techniques will be taught using text materials, video presentations, and hands-on practice. Students will learn various stone setting techniques, and will also learn about the different types of metal and how individual settings apply to each of them. A brief overview of gemstones and their appropriate use in Jewelry items will also be covered in this course. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be prepared to work in Jewelry stores, manufacturing companies, or may open their own businesses to set stones on a wholesale scale for private jewelers.

    Length of course:
    Sixteen hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Fundamentals of gemology

    Curriculum requirements:
    Requirements for the program include successful completion of the following courses

    Purpose:
    This outline is intended to review all aspects of this program and it includes the mission statement of the Jewelry & technological institute of Lebanon the curriculum requirements departmental goals and objectives of each course.
    The skills highlighted in this outline, which will be taught in the JTIL programs, will provide students with a solid foundation to prepare them to become qualified gemologists in the jewelry industry. Students will learn the following:

    Course Objectives:
    Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

    Course Descriptions- Fundamentals of Gemology :

    Length of course:
    Sixteen hours of instruction per week / one academic year

  • Introduction to Equipment

    Detailed instructions on using instruments, an explanation of gemological properties, and a discussion of the identification process of diamonds, and colored stones will be studied at JTIL
    Equipment List (used in all Gemology courses)
    Magnification: 10 x loupe, microscope
    Tweezers
    Refractometer
    Polariscope
    Dichroscope
    Spectroscope
    Ultraviolet fluorescence
    Specific gravity liquid

  • Equipment & Techniques ( specific to each course)

    Diamond grading
    Title clarity grading, the four C’s of diamonds, plotting, table size, crown angle, color grading, girdle thickness, pavilion depth percentage, polish, culet size and symmetry. JTIL grading form, fancy shapes, length to width, size and weight, shape appeal, major and minor symmetry.
    Measuring devices (table gauge, leveridge gauge), (diamond sieve and scales), grading mounted diamonds, and fancy color diamonds.

    Gem identification
    1. Refractometer:
    Taking readings, testing for DR & Birefringence, using charts
    2. Polatriscope:
    Parts of a polariscope, SR/DR/AGG, Optical phenomena (Biaxial & Uniaxial), Confirming DR and ADR, trouble shooting
    3. Pleachroism Testing:
    By means of a polariscope
    4. Specific gravity:
    Hydrostatic SG Determination, Hydrostatic weighing
    5. Observation:
    Color, phenomena, cut, transparency, polish luster, dispersion, assembled stones
    Colored stones Grading
    The four C’s of colored stones:
    Color:
    Describing color, hue, tone, saturation, color grading, clarity types, plotting
    Clarity :
    Clarity characteristics, clarity grades, clarity grading clarity types, plotting
    Cut :
    Measuring dimensions, grading proportions, cutting styles, brilliance, face up-out line, profile, overall, proportion grade, finish grade, final cut grade
    Carat weight:
    Formulas for weight estimation