Jewellers design and make jewellery and small objects using a wide range of materials, including metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres.
Duties & Tasks
Jewellers may perform the following tasks:create design drawings and specifications for wearable or three-dimensional objects
shape metal and other materials by cutting, filing, hammering, turning, spinning, bending, casting, folding and linking using specialised hand and power tools and equipment
assemble articles using soldering, screwing, riveting and other joining methods
finish articles using files, emery paper, buffing machines or other appropriate tools and equipment
secure gemstones in settings
engrave designs on ring settings, brooches, bracelets and other articles
repair jewellery by soldering, replacing or rebuilding worn or broken parts
remodel old jewellery
sell jewellery direct to the public or to retail jewellery shops.
Jewellers may work using mass production techniques and machinery, concentrating on one part of the work, or as more highly skilled craftspeople producing an entire piece from beginning to end.
enjoy artistic and creative work
good eyesight (may be corrected)
good hand-eye coordination
able to work carefully and accurately
creative design ability
enjoy making things
patient and able to persevere.