Jewellers design and make jewellery and small objects using a wide range of materials, including metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres.
To become a jeweller you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Jewellery Manufacture or Jewellery and Object Design. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. You can also become a jeweller by completing a VET qualification in jewellery manufacture or jewellery and object design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Alternatively, you can become a jeweller by completing a degree at university with a major in jewellery, 3D design or gold and silversmithing. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of work. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Jewellers may perform the following tasks:
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.
Jewellers may work for manufacturing firms. Many run their own jewellery business and sell direct to the public or supply work to galleries on commission or at wholesale prices. Most job opportunities for jewellers are in capital cities, followed by larger country centres. Competition for apprenticeships is very strong, with a limited number offered each year.