Blaine Lewis is widely recognized as the premier diamond-setting instructor in the U.S. today, and founder/director of the New Approach School for Jewelers. Blaine has taught more than 5,000 stone-setting and metalsmithing students. "Our mission at the New Approach School for Jewelers (NASJ) is to offer both fresh and experienced bench jewelers visual-intensive, hands-on jewelry repair and fabrication training to help them increase their productivity and profitability," he says. "To achieve this, NASJ employs innovative visual teaching methods, such as high magnification video of live demonstrations in a user-friendly and interactive workshop environment to help students rapidly grasp and implement bench techniques, practices, and tricks shared by our team of expert instructors. As the demand for custom, handmade jewelry continues to increase," he continues, "I am committed to teaching the most important foundational skills, maintaining the highest standards of work, and incorporating new technologies, time saving tips, money-saving tool making, and sending solid, lasting, well made work out to your customers.”