Topics: Jewelry, Certification

I am from Romania and I want to know how, if it's possible, to get a bead designer diploma!
- Lisa
I'm not sure if such a thing exists, but how would you use it for marketing purposes if you had one? Jewelry customers are generally attracted first by what they see (the jewelry) and then by their level of comfort with the seller (you). Diplomas and certificates are unlikely to increase their level of comfort with you. It may be helpful to show other professionals and gallery owners that you have formal training, but I'm not sure how much that matters to consumers.

If you're actually looking for more training as a jewelry designer, consider checking out the ''Free Jewelry-Making Instructions'' section on the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads website, contacting a local college or attending shows that offer jewelry making classes.

- Dr. David Weiman
Dr. David Weiman is a respected expert in the field of marketing and selling handcrafted jewelry and a well-read contributor to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads "Ask the Experts". He is the author of Introduction to Marketing and Selling Jewelry, The Jewelry Selling Answer Book and The 5 Keys to Selling Handcrafted Jewelry. A free newsletter on selling handmade jewelry is available at his website:

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