A goldsmith works at a jewelry store or a jewelry repair shop. He or she makes repairs or adjustments to jewelry, such as necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Some tasks that a goldsmith will do are engraving, setting, casting, and finishing jewelry. Also, the jewelry may be fitted so that it can better suit a customer.
The goldsmith may also work with watches to fit bands and change watch batteries. In some jobs, the goldsmith will aid in the jewelry design process, so it is important to be familiar with CAD. At the end of each task, it is important to polish the jewelry and make it look its best. In some jobs, the goldsmith will be expected to work with precious metal alloys, in order to manipulate them into jewelry. The goldsmith will usually be given tasks to do by a master goldsmith or a sales associate. The tasks should be done in a timely manner. Prior to any work being done, an estimate of charges may have to be given to the customer.
The goldsmith may be in charge of performing multiple tasks at one time, so it is essential to be able to multitask. Excellent customer service skills are needed, as the goldsmith may directly interact with the customer, in order to understand their needs. Experience as a goldsmith is usually necessary, which can be obtained from apprenticeships or previous employment. However, some places of employment will provide on the job training for those who are less experienced. Some jobs may require that the goldsmith has graduated from an accredited goldsmith school.
Work with gold and other precious metals.
Forge, polish, soder and cast metals into finished products.
Make decorative and functional items.