A jewelry designer designs various types of jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings. The designer may have to come up with innovative designs from scratch, while other positions will have design guidelines that need to be followed. The jewelry designer may work directly with customers and help customer’s ideas come to realization through verbal instructions or sketches.
The jewelry designer is often involved in building the jewelry as well. In some positions, the jewelry designer may also be involved in the sales of jewelry. The job may involve independent work, where deadlines for productivity need to be met. However, communication skills are important in order to work with customers, other designers, management, and third parties. Some positions may involve using 3D design programs such as Photoshop and Rhino, so experience with these programs may be necessary. The jewelry designer should keep abreast of changes and trends in the market in order to create products that will be enticing for customers. Therefore, some research skills are needed. This position is sometimes freelance, in which case commission may be involved.
Some positions may require the jewelry designer to have a degree from an art school, while others have no educational requirements. Usually, the jewelry designer must have a portfolio to present to prospective employers. This job is usually carried out indoors at places such as a home or store. There are both permanent and temporary positions available.
Jewelry Designer Tasks
Interpret design/style trends into brand appropriate product that fits within targeted retail pricing.
Research seasonal trends and color stories.
Loose sketch design ideas/concepts in order to convey vision to the team.
Develop and execute product designs to company's or customer's satisfaction.
Prepare and finalize technical drawings of product to be used for mass production in overseas factories.