Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers are involved in the production and sale of jewelery. They are typically involved in every step of the production process. This includes designing and manufacturing, although in some cases there may be a separate designer.
Additionally, they may be required to make adjustments or repairs to jewelery brought in by clients. They may also need to inspect an external piece of jewelery and estimate its value, grade, authenticity, and quality of cut. They may do this by using various optical instruments such as a refractometer or a polariscope. Designing a piece of jewelry is done either by creating a model with carved wax or with a computer program, then making a cast based on that model. Manufacturing the piece of jewelry is done at a workbench using various lasers, soldering tools, and chemicals. Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers often work alone at a workbench. In 2012, one third of all jewelers were self-employed. They often work from home and sell their products online or at trade and craft shows. Some may also be employed by repair shops, jewelry stores, antique stores, and manufacturing plants. Their work is indoors and typically during regular working hours, although those who are self-employed may choose to work at any hour. Their work is mostly physical but not overly exerting. It requires a vast knowledge of various specialty tools.
No formal qualification is needed for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers. Typically, they have learned their skills through work experience and training. Nowadays, an increasing number of people learn this skill at a trade school.
Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Tasks
Design, adjust, repair, and appraise gold, silver, precious and semi-precious metals, and gems.
Polish diamonds, cut gems, engraving, perform precision casting, modeling of molds, and metal casting.
Repair jewelry including ring sizing, stone setting, channel setting, head soldering, chain repair, and tube/hinge work.