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Platinum Bench Tour
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Platinum Guild International USA is offering a series of platinum bench workshops in four cities in August, September, and October. The day-long seminars, led by Jurgen Maerz, PGI USA director of technical education, are $195.

Maerz will review a variety of advanced platinum bench techniques, including specialty repairs and sizing, casting platinum in the small shop, polishing and finishing techniques, and choosing a platinum alloy. Other topics include hands-on stone setting demonstration and advanced fabrication techniques for complex mountings, ornate crowns, filigree, soldering, and fusion welding.

Maerz, a Jewelers of America certified master bench jeweler, is the author of the award winning book The Platinum Bench.

Seminars are scheduled for August 21 at the Hampton Inn, Tropicana in Las Vegas; September 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; September 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Portland, Oregon; and October 2 at the Adamís Mark Hotel, Indianapolis. For registration and more information, visit