Simply put, a jeweler’s job is to repair, appraise, design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. Their work varies greatly, but they are generally found in retail stores where they repair jewelry and run their business, and manufacturing companies where they work produce jewelry in mass quantities. Jewelers use specialized tools and chemicals to create and repair jewelry, but also rely on computer software to create their products. They also work with sharp tools, to it is important to stay focused and alert while working.
Work hours vary greatly; jewelers who work in retail stores and manufacturing companies must be available during their respective business hours, which may include nights and weekends. Self-employed jewelers are able to set their own hours.
Many jewelers learn through on-the-job training which may take many years to complete, but six-month and one-year trade school training programs are becoming more prevalent. Many employers may prefer trade school graduates, as they require far less training before beginning work. Professional jewelers may expect to earn between $25,000 and $46,000 per year depending on their location and experience.
Repair jewelry including ring sizing, stone setting, channel setting, head soldering, chain repair, and tube/hinge work.
Polish diamonds, cut gems, engraving, perform precision casting, modeling of molds, and metal casting.
Design, adjust, repair, and appraise gold, silver, precious and semi-precious metals, and gems.