Hank Siegel, president of Hamilton Jewelers
Photo by Armory Art Center
Hank Siegel, the third-generation president of Hamilton Jewelers of Princeton and Palm Beach, is partnering with the Armory Art Center to start a jewelry technician and repair program in West Palm Beach.
Siegel is funding the program and providing his expertise.
“We are proud to partner with a jeweler with such a long and treasured history,” Armory Art Center CEO Tom Pearson said. “We could not have found a better collaborator for this program.”
The first offering of the course begins Aug. 4. Classes will run 12 weeks on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.
The goal is to provide the skills for basic jewelry repair. By the end of the program, students should be able to identify precious metals, remove tarnish, clean and polish, solder, size rings, repair chains, replace stones and replace watch batteries. The program prepares students to pass industry-standard bench tests and introduces them to employment opportunities via industry tours and guest speakers.
The Armory Art Center has served West Palm Beach for over 30 years, providing classes, exhibitions, lectures and special events. The center offers nearly 100 courses on topics including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture and welding. For more information, visit armoryart.org, or call 561-832-1776. The center is at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach.