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Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology

Published or Revised October 14, 2022

The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College has enjoyed a reputation for teaching excellence since it opened in 1942.

While this highly acclaimed division of PJC prides itself on state-of-the-art instruction, it is also well known for teaching time honored techniques.

With mechanical watchmaking in a period of true renaissance, the worldwide demand for graduates of our horology program is incredible.

The field of gemology is an essential element in the jewelry business. A complete study of the characteristics of gemstones, the style of cuts and gem identification assure a grounded working knowledge of the great variety of natural and man-made stones used in the industry today.

The jewelry industry remains on the leading edge of computer-aided design techniques, a technology driven by the craftsman's desire to create ever more complex and beautiful works of art.

To compete in today's marketplace a person must be well rounded. To take full advantage of the vast range of opportunities, students are encouraged to become knowledgeable and skilled in all areas: jewelry, watchmaking, gemology and computer-aided design.

Small classes provide a faculty/student ratio that ensures the individualized training that makes TIJT graduates in demand in the job market. The four program areas are designed to teach a student the technical, manipulative and professional skills required to enter today's prestigious and lucrative jewelry, watchmaking and gemology industry.

If you are looking for a career in a dynamic field that rewards creativity and offers unlimited opportunities, contact the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College at 903.782.0380 or